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Cecil Gene Nelson

BARREN SPRINGS – Cecil Gene Nelson, 69, passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at his home in Barren Springs.

He retired from Lynchburg Foundry in 1990. He loved living in the country and raising and rescuing animals. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nina B. Nelson, and brothers, John W., Thomas D. and James Nelson.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris Shanklin Nelson; daughter, Karen Furr and husband, Brian, of Roanoke; sons, Roger Shanklin of Roanoke, Randy Shanklin and wife, Joy, of Pulaski, and Ron Shanklin and wife, Selena, of Wytheville; brothers, Edward P. Nelson and wife, Linda, of Society Hill, S.C., and Russell Cross and friend, Debbie Carbaugh, of Eggleston; sister, Carolyn Rector and Bob Tickle of Belspring; grandchildren, Payton Alley, Angel Shanklin, Derk Shanklin, Heath Shanklin and Chase Shanklin, and special friends, Joe Crawford and wife, Becky, Clarence Thompson, Zane Jackson, and Stanley Bedsaul and wife, Juania.

Special thanks to Dr. Turski and his angels at Hospice of Wytheville, especially Michelle Duncan, who provided extra love and caring. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at 120 Crawford Road in Barren Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to help defer funeral costs be made to Deloris Nelson, 120 Crawford Road, Barren Springs, VA 24313.

The Nelson family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.

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