Leon Nelson Sr., was born on Monday, July 15, 1946 in Bradley, Arkansas to the late Mertis Bradley and Jim Nelson. Leon’s life consisted of many special things. He hauled pulpwood for several years and was renowned for his knowledge of and ability to build high performing engines. Leon was revered by many as the best auto mechanic in and outside the area. Leon enjoyed watching car races and racing cars himself. Many have benefited from Leon’s tutelage of auto mechanics.
Leon had several favorite pass times including watching karate movies, watching Westerns, drinking coffee, dressing in fine fashions and being sociable. Leon was adored for his unique use of the English language and his natural way of creating his own vernacular. Leon brought gut bursting laughter to many, without even trying.
Leon Nelson gained his wings on Monday, September 28, 2020. He will be missed by people of all races, ages, and backgrounds. He was truly one of a kind and was always true to who he really was. To meet and know Leon, was to meet and know one of the most genuine, friendly and talented men God ever created.
Leon is preceded in death by his father, Jim Nelson; his mother, Mertis Bradley; two brothers, Roy C. Bradley and Cody R. Bradley.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary L. Nelson of Hope, AR; 3 daughters, Gloria (Milton) Jefferson of Nashville, AR, Rochelle (Choya) White of Washington, AR, and Alisa Y. Nelson of Hope, AR; 5 sons, Reginald Nelson and Leon D. Nelson of Washington, AR, Anthony (Yuvonda) Nelson of Nashville, Tennessee, and Leon Nelson Jr., and Rodriquez Nelson of Hope, AR; 5 sisters, Eliza Rivers, Curly Golston, Mae (Jim) Stuart, Alma (Marvin) Scott, Viola (Larry) Cox; 4 brothers, James Bradley, Londell Bradley, Robert C. (Mary) Bradley and Leroy Bradley; brother-in-law, Tracy (Sharon) Armstrong, 28 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren; a host of loving relatives and friends.
*Public visitation will be 1 pm – 5 pm CST | Friday, October 9, 2020 @ McFadden & Hitchye Memorial Chapel, 411 S. Walnut St., Hope, AR.
*Graveside service will begin at 1 pm CST | Saturday, October 10, 2020 | Academy Cemetery, Ozan, AR.
Family, Pallbearers and Friends will assemble at M&H Funeral Home @ 12pm CST
NOTE: Social distancing and safety protocols will be followed. Face masks are required.
Honored Service Provider:
McFadden & Hitchye Funeral Enterprises. www.mandhfuneral.com