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Mr. James Alex Nelson, Jr., son of the late James and Melissa Nelson was born September 27, 1940 in Rimini, SC. The Lord called him home on May 18, 2018.  He was preceded in death by four sisters, Anne Bell Brock, Celicia Taylor, Agnes Hill and Sarah Nelson; four brothers-in-law, Freddie Lane, James Hill, Ira Taylor and Clarence Harrington; one sister-in-law, Vivian Fisher.

He moved to Thomasville, NC in 1965. He was united in matrimony to Rosa Diggs, on July 9, 1966 and to this union one daughter was born, Sharon D. Nelson Mullins.

He was a member of Antioch RMUE Church in Pinewood, SC.  James was a member of Brown New Calvary Baptist Church in Thomasville, NC where he sang on the men’s choir, and later joined Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in High Point, NC, where he was an usher, sang on the men’s choir, senior choir, member of the pastor’s aide and was a deacon. He was on the Youth Coalition of Thomasville, NC.  James was employed at Thomasville Furniture Industries and Custom Finishers in High Point. He retired in December 2005.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Rosa Diggs Nelson of the home; one daughter, Sharon Nelson Mullins (Michael Mullins); one grandchild, Michael Mullins, Jr. ; one brother, Canty Nelson; two sisters, Almeta Lane and Ruby Spann (Samuel); mother-in-law, Harriett Harrington; five brothers-in-law, Leroy Harington, Samuel Spann, Jacob Hopkins, Dexter Fisher and Dwaine Taylor; three sisters-in-law, Jean Hopkins, Cora Green and Paula Harrington; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 715 W. Willis Avenue. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, NC. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

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  • Friday, May 18, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Sunday, May 20, 2018
    May Jehovah sustain you at this of such great loss. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again.God ha resurrected humans in the past. The Bible reports eight instances of humans-young, old, male, and female- who were brought back to life on earth. Some had been dead for a short while, but one had been in a tomb for four days!-John 11:39-44. for more examples in God's word the Bible, please visit our website
    ~ Lonnie Burke   Loganville, GA
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
    So sorry to hear of your lose. As the days go pass may you experience the love of our heavenly Creator Jehovah God as he strengthen you and your family to get through this trying time. (Psalms 83:18) Remember he loves your loved one also and has promised to get rid of sickness and death forever and by means of his son Jesus Chirst, bring back to life our loved ones. (Revelation 21:4; John 5:28,29) Please accept my deepest condolence
    ~ Dolon Peete
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
    My thoughts and prayers and love are with you. I was so sorry to hear of Deacon's passing but God called home a good man and left us all with some good memories and a promise for those in Christ to see him again.
    ~ Minister Paula Pearce   High Point, NC
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    Sending my condolence to the family. So sorry to hear of your loss. I know the pain is great just remember to pray to God for strength and understanding, he will see your family through this difficult time.
    ~ Dede London   High Point, NC
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Saturday, June 02, 2018
    God will sustain you with his "right hand of righteousness" during this difficult time and through each passing day. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness". Isaiah 41:13; I "am gasping your right hand, the One (God) saying to you...'I will help you'". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton