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John King Nelms

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 23, 2017 @ 4:11 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 6 Comments

John King Nelms, 95, passed away on June 22, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born on September 14, 1921 in Granville County to the late John Henry Nelms and Daisy Hobgood Nelms. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ruth Clark Nelms, in 2009.

He was a graduate of Oxford High School and North Carolina State University where he earned a BS in mechanical engineering. After college, he served his country during WWII as a Captain in the United States Air Corps where he earned a Bronze Star.

He owned numerous businesses including a machine shop, a grading business and a dairy farm. In 1963, he became the Economic Developer for Granville County. In his 30 years as economic developer he brought over 75 businesses and industries to the county including Revlon, CertainTeed and Bandag. He served on the Board of Directors of Granville Medical Center and the Board of Trustees of Vance-Granville Community College for 35 years. He was a past president of NC Economic Development Association. He was a faithful member of Oxford Baptist Church where he led multiple Sunday School classes and served as a Deacon.

He is survived by his son, John King Nelms, Jr. and wife, Autney of Raleigh, NC; two grandchildren, Jack and Anna Clark; and nephews, Roy and John Laney. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Nelms Laney.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 25th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Gentry, Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 26th at 2:00 pm at Oxford Baptist Church. ┬áBurial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Oxford.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund, PO Box 917, Henderson, NC 27536.


Condolences for the family of “John King Nelms”

Condolence from Joanne Daise on June 23rd, 2017 6:53 pm

My condolence to Mr john Nelms family. I had the pleasure in meeting mr Nelms he was funny and great to have conversation with. He thought me a lot about my new home Oxford and for that i am greatful. May he rest in peace he lived a long and prosperous life.

Condolence from Tony W. Cozart on June 24th, 2017 7:41 pm

I had the special honor of witnessing the enourmous contributions Mr. Nelms made in our county. I always appreciated his advice and knowledge. Our county is much better because of his servie. May God grant you with comfort and peace during this time.

Condolence from Elaine Steinbeck on June 24th, 2017 7:45 pm

John and family, my sincere sympathy and comforting thoughts and prayers. Elaine Steinbeck

Condolence from Nancy C. Jackson on June 26th, 2017 7:34 am

He was fine man and will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Robert Rehm on June 27th, 2017 12:52 am

Thinking of you and your family. May the peace and hope of our Father sustain you during this difficult time. Blessings, The Rehms

Condolence from Ben Currin on July 10th, 2017 11:45 pm

John King was a “servant” to the community of Oxford & Granville County, doing so much more than anyone could believe !! I enjoyed the golf outings with him when I moved back to Oxford . He is with his beloved wife now—RIP J.K.

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