James A. Nelson (Jim) was born to Roy and Mattie Nelson on July 17th, 1924 in Altheimer, Ark. He attended school in Altheimer. On January 29th, 1943 he went to serve our country. His duties included serving in World War 2. He was wounded with an Honorable Discharge on July 30th, 1946.

James confessed a hope in Christ at an early age. He served faithfully in the church all his life. He served as an usher, trustee, and on the 10th day of February, 1952 he was publicly set apart to the office and work as a deacon. He was under the leadership of Rev. C.A. Hamilton, Pastor of the West Adams Street Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill.

June 1973, he was called of God to preach God's Word. He became a license ordained minister on June 10th, 1973 by the Stephens Baptist Church of which he was a faithful member. Deacon James A. Nelson accordingly receive the full entire and hearty approbation of the council to his officially entering upon the work of the ministry, administering the ordinance of the Gospel, and performing all those duties and enjoying all those privileges to which a Minister of Christ is called. Rev. Louis Wells, Rev. L. Cooper, Rev. W.J. Williams, and Rev. Bradly was the representations of Council, Rev. D.E. Ferguson, Moderator.

His last sermon was "Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord. Exodus 14:13 at the Ezekial Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Charlie Rogers is the pastor. Rev. Nelson was 91 years of age when he stopped preaching and teaching God's Word.

James met and married Pamela Venice Thomas on August 26th, 2014. During this marriage, they were the proud parents of two children, Jovanni James and Molly Catherine. This marriage gave James new life.

Jameswas preceded in death by his parents, a son(Clarence Nelson) a daughter (Earnestine Henson) 2 brothers (Troy and Roy Nelson) 1 sister ( Catherine Nelson)

His life and legacy will be cherished by his devoted and loving wife, Pamela; three daughters: Caroline Nelson and Lisa Nelson of Chicago, Ill., Alice Nelson (Steve) of Pine Bluff; 2 brothers: David Nelson of Little Rock and Robert Nelson (Catherine) of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister: Bertha Nelson of Little Rock; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and family.

Visitation will be Friday, January 6 from 5-6:30 at Perry Funeral Home.

A Celebration Of Life will be held Saturday, January 7 at 11am at First Missionary Baptist Church, 4500 Faucett Rd. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veteran Cemetery. Services entrusted to Perry Funeral Services.