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John Joseph Nelson

November 10, 1925 — November 1, 2023

Mt. Pleasant

John Joseph Nelson

 

John Joseph Nelson, 97, husband of the late Emma Wilhelmsen Nelson, of Mt. Pleasant, SC passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 1, 2023.

Mr. Nelson was born November 10, 1925 in Charleston SC, son of the late John Joseph Nelson, Sr. and his wife Susan Catherine Nelson. John was preceded in death by his first wife Louise McCulloch Nelson and his second wife Emma Wilhelmsen Nelson. John is survived by his sister Helen Lindsey of Albany GA and his children Jo Garvin (John), John J. Nelson, Jr. (Deborah), Christine Pederson, Diane Davis of Montgomery AL, Kathy Hicks (Steve) of Knoxville TN, John L. Nelson (Cile), Joann Westberry (Clifford), Jay Nelson (Shauna), 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

John was a WWII Veteran serving in the USCG Merchant Marine and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. After an honorable discharge John worked on the Charleston waterfront for several years with numerous shipping companies. After retiring from the waterfront John and his wife Emma operated a woodcraft business mainly selling their products at the Charleston City Market for over 30 years until the time of his passing.

In the 97 years that John lived, he was so many things to so many people. He was a son, a brother, a hero, a husband, a Daddy, a PopPop, an uncle and a friend. John truly had a heart of gold, always looking out for others, lending a listening ear, or his arms for a hug. John didn’t just live for his happiness but for the happiness of others.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, in Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivan's Island at 12pm and burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive guests Monday, November 6, 2023, at the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Chapel from 6pm-8pm.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 or Life Study Fellowship 90 Heights Road, Noroton, CT 06820.

A memorial message may be sent to the family on our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

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Monday, November 6, 2023

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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