Ronald Kent Nelson

Ronald Kent Nelson passed away on December 12, 2019. A memorial service to honor Kent will be held at Independence Baptist Church, Independence, Texas on Sunday, January 19th at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The family invites anyone who knew and loved their father and PawPaw to join them for a celebration of all his life gave us.

Ronald Kent (PawPaw) Nelson, age 80, formerly of Highlands, Texas, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at St. Joseph’s in College Station. In the days leading up to his death, five generations of the Nelson family came together to share his final days and celebrate this great man.

Born to Oscar and Florence Nelson in Houston, Texas on March 18, 1939, Kent grew up in Crosby and was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Crosby High School and attended East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas, where he met the love of his life, Barbara. They were married in 1959 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage before her death in 2016.

Kent was a faithful church member throughout his life and worked with youth and led music in multiple congregations. He spent nearly four decades serving the Lord at First Baptist Church Highlands, rarely missing a service or a chance to sing with the choir. He loved nothing more than to round up his grandchildren (then great-grandchildren, and even great-great grandchildren) to take them to Sunday School. In the last years of his life, he found a new home at First Baptist Church in Independence, Texas, and blessed the congregation with his harmonies and his faithful love of Jesus.

Kent was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Nelson (nee Byrd); his parents, Oscar and Florence Nelson; his brothers Vernon and Cutler Nelson, and his sister Marguerite.

He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Nelson Bullington and Lisa Nelson Dammon; sons, Larry, Craig, and Paul Nelson; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild, as well as nieces, nephews, and countless friends and church family.

A memorial service to honor Kent will be held at Independence Baptist Church, Independence, Texas on Sunday, January 19th at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The family invites anyone who knew and loved their father and PawPaw to join them for a celebration of all his life gave us.

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