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Stroke complications take life of administrator

Services for Claude William “Bill” Nelson of Monticello are 2p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Monticello Baptist Church with burial inMonticello City Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. atWilson Funeral Home.

Mr. Nelson, 64, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, of complicationsfollowing a stroke at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He was bornon July 6, 1937, to C.M. and Deanie Nelson of Hopkinsville,Ken.

He retired as the hospital administrator for Lawrence CountyHospital in February 1998 after serving in hospital administrationfor more than 40 years and was presently acting as interim hospitaladministrator at Lawrence County Hospital. He served as presidentof the Mississippi Hospital Administration from 1984-1985 andserved on many other hospital boards throughout his career.

Mr. Nelson began his hospital career in Iuka, which lead him towork and service at Choctaw County Hospital in Ackerman, WebsterGeneral Hospital in Eupora and Pontotoc General Hospital inPontotoc before accepting the Lawrence County post.

He also served as president of the Lawrence County Chamber ofCommerce for several years. He was a member and former president ofthe Lawrence County Booster Club and Athletic Association for manyyears and was instrumental in the building of the Brinson FosterField House and numerous other projects in Monticello.

Preceding him in death were his sons, Tony Garland Nelson andTim Jackson Nelson.

The family of Bill and Janice Jackson Nelson includes thefollowing: his parents; sons and daughter-in-law, William ToddNelson and Bill Tyson and Christy Nelson, all of Monticello;daughter- and son-in-law, Robin and Jeff Mitchell; brother andsister-in-law, David and Shirley Nelson of Hopkinsville, Ken.;sister, Carolyn Nelson of Hopkinsville, Ken.; grandsons, MichaelGage and Sean David Nelson of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and TonyDrake and Drew Jackson Nelson of Monticello; granddaughters, BrookeNelson and Shelby Mitchell of Monticello; and many nieces, nephewsand friends.

Donations may be made to the Monticello Baptist Church.