Thomas Carroll Nelson, 87, of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, surrounded by the love of his family.
A native of Henderson County, Carroll was the son of the late Quay and Gladys Corn Nelson. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 22 years, Brenda Lance Nelson, brother, Edward Nelson, and sisters, Janice Nelson and Jeannette Ballew.
Carroll grew up in the Barker Heights community where he attended Barker Heights Baptist Church. He attended Flat Rock High School, later completing his GED and serving in the National Guard. He obtained his license as an electrical contractor and worked side by side with his father, Quay, in the family business, Nelson Electric Company. Upon his father’s retirement, he took over the family business. He and his wife, Brenda, became general contractors and built many homes in Henderson County and Buncombe County. He loved southern gospel music, country music, fishing, stock car racing, and classic cars especially the Ford Mustang. His first car was a Ford Coupe, Model A.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Anderson (Steve) of Knoxville, Tennessee and son, Robert Jarvis (Kelly) of Pacolet, South Carolina; grandson, John David of Knoxville, Tennessee; and granddaughters, Ashley and Lindsey of Pacolet, South Carolina.
The family would like to thank the staff of DaVita Hendersonville for the care and compassion they provided during the past year. The family is grateful to the staff of Hot Dog World and Harry’s Grill where Carroll loved to dine. Their kindness and caring concern was a great comfort to him.
The family will receive friends at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 17, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with the funeral service following at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Robert Jarvis, his son, is officiating. The interment is private.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Welcome Baptist Church, 206 Nichols Ave, Union, South Carolina 29379.
Carroll was my phone friend for 14 years. I never had the priviledge of meeting him but we shared stories about our life happenings and families. He called me at times when I was needing a friend, and I, did the same. Today would have been his 88th birthday. I miss getting to call and sing Happy Birthday to him. He was a true phone friend.
To the family, I am deeply saddened by the grief you are feeling.
Knowing of God’s love for you, continue to look to him when “he will wipe out all tears from our eyes, death, pain, and suffering will be no more. ” – Revelation 21:3,4
He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing ” – 1 Corinthians 15:26
How comforting to know that this will be a thing of the past and through Christ Jesus a resurrection for our loved ones.
He was truly a great friend. The staff at Hot Dog World will miss him terribly. We had many lunch dates at Bay Breeze and they were very special to me. I will miss him coming in and ordering his cheeseburger and getting to sit with him on my break.
You do not know me, nor I all of you; however I want to reiterate what a gentleman Carroll was. He was my electrician for many years during the seventies and eighties. Carroll was professional and a truly gentle man. I’m sorry for your loss. May it help to know that others care.
He will really be missed. There were 3 of us first cousins born in 1934: Carroll, Bobby Harvey and me Jo Ann. Lots of good memories. He even knew my husband to be before I did since they lived in Barker Heights.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Carroll’s family as you go thru this journey of grief following his Homegoing to be with the Lord. Our love and deepest sympathy ~ Lynda and Alton Connor
Carroll will be dearly missed by me, he was the kindest and most giving person I ever met in my lifetime. He was my best friend that I talked with every day for years. My heart is saddened but I know he is rejoicing today.