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Mr. Ricky Nelson, 57, departed this life on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. Graveside service will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. in the Salem AME Methodist Church Cemetery, Bronwood, Georgia. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

On the evening of March 15, 2021, our Heavenly Father called his Angel, Ricky E. Nelson, from his earthly assignment back into Heaven.

Ricky was born to the late Arthur E. Nelson and Mary Alice Kitchen- Nelson, both of Terrell County, Dawson, Georgia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Nelson-Pearman; nephew, Jeremy A. Nelson Barnes; stepfather, The Honorable Brother William Muhammad Smith; aunt, Katie Mae Kitchen-Lunsford; and a host of great-grandparents, grandparents, great-aunts, aunts, great-uncles, uncles, and cousins on both sides of the family.

As a young child, Ricky enjoyed playing in the country with his siblings and cousins. He joined Salem AME Methodist Church of Bronwood, Georgia, as a young child. When he went to visit his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. and Sallie V. Nelson, during the summer, he attended church with them as well. Ricky was indeed a Believer! He believed in God and loved his family dearly. He enjoyed listening to Country Music, in particular, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers, Classic Rock, such as Lips Inc’s Funkytown, and more. He had a love for traveling and exploring new places; we believe that love is what lead to his career as a trucker.

Ricky received his elementary education at Lillie Cooper Primary & Carver Elementary in the early and mid-seventies. He then went on to Terrell County High School until the eleventh grade before transferring to Americus Technical College to obtain his high school diploma and drafting & blueprinting diploma in the early 1980s. Later, he went to trucking school in 1989 to become a Professional OTR (Over The Road) Driver and International Driver. He drove for 32 years for several companies such as Mayflower, Arcadian/ Munson, and a trucking company based out of Canada, Cannon Express, USA Truck, and finally, DeBoer Transportation, Inc. for 10 years.

Trucking was Ricky’s love and journey! The trucking industry gave Ricky the opportunity to earn a decent living for himself, and it also allowed for him to reach back and help his immediate family members and others. Ricky was a humble and quiet man with good qualities.

Ricky leaves to cherish his memories: four sisters, Linda Nelson- Barnes of Alpharetta and Dawson, Georgia, Amy (Joe Eddie) Young of Albany, Georgia, Retired Captain Salima Carter of Fort Mitchell, Alabama, and Sahirah L. (Orintho or O.J.) Grier of Albany, Georgia; three brothers, Cornelius Nelson of Dawson, Georgia, Curtis Nelson of Stone Mountain and Dawson, Georgia, and Zayet J. Nelson of Stone Mountain, Georgia; great-aunt, Bertha Sampson; a very special aunt, Debbie Nelson; special nieces who he raised as his own, Freneshia Pearman-Jones and Valneka Pearman; and a host of loving and caring aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, great-nephews and nieces, and beloved co-workers.

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  • Monday, March 22, 2021
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Monday, March 22, 2021
    On behalf of my family, the Wilbons and church family, Second Shiloh Baptist Church, both of Bronwood, GA, my condolences go out to the family of Bro. Ricky Nelson,, I had known him all his life. His family and my family all grew up together and were members of the same church! May he Rest In Peace is my prayer🙏.
    ~ Mary Emma Wilbon Coleman-Harris   Albany, GA
  • Monday, March 22, 2021
    On behalf of my family, the Wilbons and church family, Second Shiloh Baptist Church, both of Bronwood, GA, my condolences go out to the family of Bro. Ricky Nelson,, I had known him all his life. His family and my family all grew up together and were members of the same church! May he Rest In Peace is my prayer🙏.
    ~ Mary Emma Wilbon Coleman-Harris   Albany, GA
  • Monday, March 22, 2021
    On behalf of my family, the Wilbons and church family, Second Shiloh Baptist Church, both of Bronwood, GA, my condolences go out to the family of Bro. Ricky Nelson,, I had known him all his life. His family and my family all grew up together and were members of the same church! May he Rest In Peace is my prayer🙏.
    ~ Mary Emma Wilbon Coleman-Harris   Albany, GA
  • Sunday, April 4, 2021
    Ricky was loved and he showed love. He loved God and Jesus. He also loved his fellow man. He knew the importance of love and treating others with respect. In God's Care. For God so loved the world.... Aunt Debbie .