Illustrious Brother Albert Nelson of Hinesville departed this Earth Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Our Brother Nelson was born in Smoke Hole, W.V., to Albert Nelson, Sr. and Florence Kimble Nelson on October 6, 1929. Mr. Nelson attended the United States Armed Forces Institute in Europe. He was assigned to Europe on two separate tours of duty. Brother Albert retired from the Army in 1972 with 22 plus years with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He also served in Korea, Vietnam, during the war and was stationed in Thailand. Brother Nelson was also stationed at Homestead AF Base, Fla and Fort Meade, MD during the Cuban Crisis. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal with clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Korean Service Medal.
Our Illustrious Brother Nelson was also retired from the Department of the Army, Civil Service as manager of the Central Issue Facility on Ft. Stew art, with 34 years of service. He gave to his Country a total of more than 55 years of service, for which he received numerous awards. Brother Al was a dedicated soldier and employee. He was awarded the Commanders Award for outstanding service during Operation Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom.
Worshipful Brother Nelson was a life member of the American Legion and VFW of Hinesville Masonic Lodge 271 F&AM for more than 50 years. He served as Worshipful Master on three separate occasions and was director of work. Brother Nelson
was Worshipful Master of the 1st Masonic District and Past Venerable Master of the Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection. He was a member of the York Rite Bodies in Savannah and a member of Hunter Chapter #502, National Sojourners. Al was.
a strong supporter of our Scottish Rite, Valley of Savannah. He and Nellie together contributed heavily to our Preservation and Endowment Fund and will forever be recognized as our largest donor. Al also served in the Degree Casts of the KCCH Investiture and 33° Conferral for many years. He was an active Shriner and served as Potentate of Alee Temple in Savannah in 1998.
Illustrious Sir Nelson received the Shrine’s first Golden Diamond Medallion award for signing up 28 members in one year. He was instrumental in forming the Hinesville/Fort Stewart Shrine Club in Hinesville and was President on eight separate occasions. He was President of the Scottish Rite Assoc. in Hinesville and he was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #497 where he served as Worthy Patron for three years and District Grand Deputy of District 28 and 9. He was also a member of the Charters & Bylaws Committee of Grand Lodge of Georgia.
To honor our Illustrious and Worshipful Brother for his dedication and untiring efforts to promote Freemasonry, the members of Hinesville Lodge declared Al Nelson Day on April 19, 1984. Al also received his 50-yr. award from the Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite and Alee Shrine.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Nelson Kimble, Anna Lee Staggs, Betty Jo Mays and two brothers Fred Nelson and Roy Nelson. Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Nellie Heavener Nelson; as well as several nieces and
nephews. Mr. Nelson also leaves behind his favorite pets, as he was an avid animal protector; adopting numerous stray cats and dogs. He loved his animals, especially his cats and took special care of them all.