March 02, 1923 - March 17, 2017
Charles Kinloch Nelson, 94, of Charlottesville, Virginia died on Friday, March 17, 2017 after a brief illness. Charles was born in Crozet on March 2, 1923 to the late Dr. Francis Page Nelson and Ruth Lee Wayland Nelson. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Kinloch Nelson, and his wife of 43 years, Emily Lillian Ray; two sisters, Katharine Nelson and Elizabeth Robinson Mapp; and his two brothers, F. Page Nelson Jr. and T. Hugh Nelson.
He is survived by his brother, Robert Bourne Nelson; his two daughters, Suzanne Carlson (and husband Jim) and Laura Page Nelson; four grandchildren, Stephen Einar Carlson, Hannah Matthews Carlson, Peter Kinloch Carlson (and wife Sarah), and Alyssa Rae Leib; a great-grandchild, Cooper James Carlson; son-in-law, Michael Leib; and numerous nieces and nephews
Charles entered The Miller School of Albemarle at the age of nine, following the death of his father. After graduation, he entered the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Doyen. When he returned home, Charles went to work at H. M. Gleason Company and then managed and owned Settle Tire and Supply Company for many years.
Charles was a 64-year member of the Lions Club and participated annually in the club’s Minstrel Show. He served on the Board in a number of positions with the Retail Merchants Association in Charlottesville, the Virginia Tire Dealers Association, and The Miller School of Albemarle.
Charles loved friends, family, and fellowship and was always happy to relive a favorite memory from his days at Miller and growing up in Crozet. An avid craftsman, Charles enjoyed spending time in his shop and tinkering with different wood projects, and you’d never find him without a pipe (or two) in hand. Charles was a UVA football fan (despite sending children and grandchildren to Virginia Tech) and enjoyed home games at Scott Stadium from the 50-yard line.
Charles spent many years volunteering in the community – he delivered frozen turkeys from Mortons to the food pantry, donated gallons of blood to the American Red Cross, helped with neighborhood trash pickup, and collected eye glasses for the Lions Club. As a tire man, Charles drove the first Honda that came to Charlottesville and loved testing out new campers with his family on summer vacations. Into retirement, Charles and his wife Emily enjoyed traveling – their favorite spot was cruising to Aruba. Charles was a lover of poetry, grammar, and family history; he will be remembered for wearing bow ties at any occasion, for retelling Nelson-family anecdotes, and for his flowery way with words, affectionately known as “Charles-speak.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross (1103 Rose Hill Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903) or to the charity of your choice.
There will be a celebration of his life at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick, Virginia on April 1, 2017 at 11:00am. A luncheon will follow, and friends and family are invited to share their memories.
Anderson Funeral Home of Crozet is in charge of arrangements.