Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 22, 2012

Otis Edward Nelson

JEWELL RIDGE, Va. — Otis Edward Nelson, age 77, of Jewell Ridge, Va., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at his home. He was born in Tazewell County, Va. and was the son of the late Otis Lee and Kathern Wagner Nelson. He was a retired coal miner from Jewell Ridge Coal Corporation and a member of the UMWA Post No. 1594 District No. 28 of Jewell Ridge, Va. Otis enjoyed being in the peacefulness of the outdoors; he spent many hours on the river banks and lakes fishing to his heart's content.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Ottie Barnett; and three brothers, Jack, Cecil and Orville Nelson.

Those who survive him are his sister, Alivia VanDyke of Jewell Ridge, Va.; and his brother, Marvin Nelson of Richlands, Va. He is also survived by several nieces; nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Otis Edward Nelson will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. with the Rev. Terry Keen officiating. Interment will follow at the Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, Va. Pallbearers will be Dusty VanDyke, Raymond VanDyke, Howie VanDyke, Ralph VanDyke, Junior McGlothlin, James Harmon and Mike Nelson. Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be Roger VanDyke, Clyde Nelson, Jerry Nelson, Herman Nelson, Louie Barnett, Joe Sparks and Dennis Keen.

A visitation will be held from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Virginia is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at

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