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Benjamin”Rice” Nelson, 50, of Hastings was born in the month of  February, Thursday the 20th, 1969 a beautiful baby boy was born to Ben Nelson (deceased) and Elizabeth Boynton-Davis. “Rice” as he was affectionately called lived his life showing and demonstrating love. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Rice was called to his eternal resting place due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Rice was an avid reader and enjoyed doing so in his spare time. He loved his family and relished in the many gatherings that they had.  Rice was a product of the St. Johns County School System and spent his adult life as a farm laborer, working with his Uncle Haymon. Rice took pride, joy and love in caring for Mrs. Thelma Jones, as she was dear to his heart.

Rice is preceded in death by: His Father: Ben Nelson; Grandparents: Haymon Boynton, Sr. and Nobie Lee Wiggins.

Sad in hearts, but rejoicing in his home going are his Loving and Devoted Mother: Elizabeth Boynton-Davis Hawthorne, FL; Son: Benjamin Byers Ashberry Park, NJ; Grandmother: Julia Mae Boynton, Hastings, FL;  Brothers: Marius Deon McHellen, Palatka, FL,  Charlie Thomas, Gainesville, FL, Galvin Boynton, San Mateo, FL, Benjamin Scott Clarksville, TN;  Sisters: Domita J. Nelson, Tocoi, FL,  Irene Nelson, Gibsonton, FL Rena Scott, St. Helena, SC; Aunts: Lillie M. Williams, Hastings, FL, Carolyn Cleveland, SC, Patricia L. Williams, East Palatka, FL, Stephanie Isaac, Hastings, FL, Kathy Boynton, East Palatka, FL; Great Aunt: Edna Boynton, Sanderson, FL and a host of loving nieces and nephews, countless relatives and many sorrowing friends.

The Homegoing Celebration will be 3;00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at The Lord’s Temple City of Refuge Inc., Bishop Thomas Cave III, Pastor.  Elder Abram Jones, Eulogist.  The viewing will be from 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Rick and Karon Torrence, Pastors.  The burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Federal Point, FL.  

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  • Sunday, March 17, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Coleman's FH
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    In prayer with family over the loss of our loved one may he rest in peace
    ~ Ardell and Renae Williams   Tampa, FL
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    From the Elnora Boynton Paige Family, Baby and Haymon Jr. Family you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Cry as much as you want for the love of family is great anong us. Haymon Jr. loved singing, he share a song at mom funeral. Love you all and will continue to lift my family up in prayer.
    ~ Mary Paige West   Sanderson, FL
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy.
    ~ Hortensia Jackson   Miramar, FL
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    My condolences to the Family. May God Bless and Keep you all in this time of Bereavement 🙏🏽 Della Cue and son Gregory Hester Jr.
    ~ Gregory Hester Jr.   North Augusta, SC
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
    so sad to see someone so young taken from us. Cindy and I are so sorry for your loss. Cindy always gave Rice her books when she finished them. Rice shared the love of a good book with her. He will be missed
    ~ bobby smith   san mateo
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
    So sorry about your loss. Praying for yall. I will miss Rice,we was great friends. He has a special spot in my and I love you rice. I will never forget about you.
    ~ Alice Dickison   Hastings, FL