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Richard Nelms

August 30, 1951 — December 20, 2023

Reform Community

 

Reform Community- Richard David Nelms, 72, died Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at his home. He was born in Greenwood on August 30, 1951, to Elmer Nelms and Willodine Blake Nelms. Following his high school graduation, Richard had a very long and successful career as a heavy machine operator. He was a retired member of the 624 local chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers, and a decade member of the National Committee of Certified Crane Operators. On October 26, 2002, he married, his starshine, Jackie. They are members of Antioch Community Church. Although his career often got in the way of many hobbies, he enjoyed bowling and being outdoors, especially camping. 

Richard is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jackie Nelms of the Reform Community; son, Rick Nelms and his wife, Sara, of Saltillo; one grandson, Landon Nelms; one sister, Lana Odom of Ridgeland; and one brother, Steve Nelms of Tupelo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Charles Nelms.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time Saturday, December 30, 2023 at Pegues, Tupelo

Services honoring his life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of Pegues with Dr. Gayle Alexander officiating. Graveside services will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Rick Nelms, Mario Perez, David Odom, and Daniel Odom.

Memorials may be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be made to PeguesFuneralHome.com.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Richard Nelms, please visit our flower store.

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Visitation

Saturday, December 30, 2023

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Pegues Funeral Directors - Tupelo

535 W jefferson St, Tupelo, MS 38804

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Funeral Service

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Pegues Funeral Directors - Tupelo

535 W jefferson St, Tupelo, MS 38804

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