Dr. Thomas Edgar Nelson, Jr. of Raleigh (89) died Tuesday, November 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bobby Merrell Nelson; two daughters, Barbara Nelson Edwards and husband Robert James Edwards III of Raleigh and Anne Dabbs Nelson Boney of Raleigh; a son, Thomas Merrell Nelson and wife Julia Harris Nelson of Greensboro; five grandchildren, James Carlton McLamb, Jr. of Raleigh, Sarah Nelson Huettl and husband Thomas Allen Huettl of Wilmington, Clem Bolton Holding Boney Jr. of Raleigh, Jane Andrews Brantley and husband Andrew Tennant Brantley of Raleigh, and Thomas Edgar Nelson III of Greenville, SC; and two great grandchildren, Thomas George Huettl and Myers Carr Huettl. He is also survived by one brother, Robert Brown Nelson and wife Patsy Rogers Nelson of Wilmington, one sister, Frances Louise Nelson of Charlotte, sister-in-law, Jane Lewis Nelson of Black Mountain; and by 10 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother, Dr. William McDaniel Nelson.
Born in Fayetteville, Tennessee on March 17, 1925, he was the son of the late Reverend Thomas Edgar Nelson and Louise McDaniel Nelson of Montreat, NC. Dr. Nelson attended Morgan School for Boys, Petersburg, TN. He graduated in 1943 from Summerville, TN, High School. He immediately entered the United States Army Air Corps and served his country during WWII, until his discharge in 1946. He enrolled at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville for his pre-dental training, and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1951 at the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis, TN. He was a member of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.
Dr. Nelson began his dental career on the staff of Dorothea Dix State Hospital for a brief period before entering private practice in Raleigh, which he continued for 38 years. Following his retirement he practiced at the NC Department of Correction, Polk Youth Center. He was Past President of Raleigh Dental Society, Life Member of the NC Dental Society and American Dental Society. He was a dedicated Christian and lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church serving as Deacon, Elder and Clerk of the Session. He was a member of The Sphinx Club, The Assembly Club, The Carolina Country Club and The Montreat Scottish Society.
A memorial service will be held at White Memorial Friday, November 14, at 2:00 pm, with Dr. Christopher Edmondson officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Memorial Fund, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608, Transitions Life Care ( formerly Hospice of Wake County), 250 Hospice Cir, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangments by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.