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Eugene (Gene, E.B.) Baugh Nelson, 77, of Fortson, Georgia, took his last breath at the Columbus Hospice House on September 23, 2023 at 6:25pm. He was greeted by Jesus in heaven. He battled a long, hard fight against pancreatic cancer and always remained positive and optimistic. He was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather, great grandfather, step-grandfather and friend to anyone who met him. He will be missed by all who loved him and leaves a lasting legacy behind.
Eugene B. (Gene, E.B.) Nelson born December 20, 1945 in Harris County, Georgia to Jesse Leon Nelson and Elender Frances Baugh. He is survived by his precious wife of 60+ years Olivia Owen Nelson, his children Cathy Langfitt (Terry) and Andy Nelson (Amy). His grandchildren Hayli Price (James), Drew Nelson Jr., Kassidy Nelson, Olivia Grace Nelson and Zackery Langfitt. Two great grands, Emma and Jackson Price. Three brothers, David (Nelda), Gary (Regina), Steve (Diane). He was predeceased by his parents, brother Jerry and son Michael Eugene Nelson. He is also survived by many other family members (cousins, nephews, nieces, etc.)
He retired from Southern Bell, Bellsouth as a cable repairman with 33+ years of service. He leaves many friends from the company in Dallas, GA and Columbus, GA.
He was a lifelong member of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Fortson, GA where he served in many capacities — deacon, Sunday school teacher and director.
He loved old cars, motor scooters, antiques of any kind and vintage items. He cherished his many friends in the hobby. He lived a happy life through his many hobbies and friends, but the thing that made him happiest was time spent with his family, who he loved dearly!
He also loved old 50s and 60s rock ‘n roll, and vintage country; to include some of his favorites — Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, many of the 50s girls groups — The Ronette’s, The Shirelles, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Lochlan, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn. His 70s favorites from a later era are Alison Krauss and Credence Clearwater Revival.
A committed Christian, he loved God and the Bible. His favorite verse was John 13:34 — a new commandment I give you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love another.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 30 at Piney Grove Baptist Church — 20 GA-315 Fortson, GA 31808. The family will accept visitors beginning at 1:00pm with the service immediately following at 2:00pm. We hope that you can join us in celebrating the wonderful person that he was.
We invite any of EBs hot rod friends to bring their cars to the service in honor of him and his love for classic cars.
In leiu of flowers, we are asking that donations be made to Piney Grove Baptist Church in Fortson, GA to the Eugene Nelson Memorial Fund.
Please make checks payable to the church, with a note in the memo line that it is to go towards the Eugene Nelson Memorial Fund. All donations received will be put towards the building project.
Checks can be mailed to:
Piney Grove Baptist Church
Fortson, GA 31808
Georgia Cremation of Columbus, Georgia is assisting the family.