Brown-Robinson Funeral Home Obituaries

Willie J. Nelson

November 23, 1937 - April 6, 2019

Willie J. Nelson, 81, of Lorain, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Avon Oaks Nursing Home following a sudden illness. He was born November 23, 1937 in Wynne, Arkansas and later came to Ohio with his family. He attended Lorain High School and graduated in 1956 and then served in the U.S. Army. After more than 30 years of service, he retired as an inspector from Lorain’s Ford Motor Company, UAW Local 2000.

He found enjoyment in cooking for family gatherings, bowling, football, fishing, hanging out at Lorain’s Hot Waters, and reading at Lorain’s Central Park. He was also a former coach for Lorain County Black Athletic Club baseball. He was a Past Master of Buckeye Lodge #68, Past High Priest Golden Ark Chapter #38, Past Thrice Illustrious Master Phoenician Council #24 Royal and Select Master, and a 33rd and Consistory.

Willie leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Mattie Hawthorne Nelson; his children, Nathaniel Nelson, Natalie Hubbard (Kevin) and Theron Nelson, Vallecia Corn (Bobbie), Shawn Hawthorne, Tamika Hawthorne and Jamal Hawthorne-Holmes; his siblings, Bessie Eva Nelson, Lois Alene Owens and Eric Nelson; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Erica Nelson Lewis; parents, Alvin J. and Carrie M. Nelson; siblings: Carl Nelson, Carol Nelson, Lawrence Nelson, and Curtis S. Nelson.

Viewing will be Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 AM until time of funeral service at 11:00 AM at Friendship Baptist Church, 2160 Reeves Ave, Lorain. Rev. John R. Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.



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Saturday, April 13, 2019
11:00 AM
Friendship Baptist Church
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