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Lewis Quinton Nelson, 83, Denison, TX, passed away unexpectedly December 7th, 2022.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and faithful servant of the Lord.
Quinton was born November 17, 1939, in Sycamore, Georgia—the youngest of six
children—to Walter Chesterfield and Eunie Mauldin Nelson. He grew up working on the
family farm, attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse, and graduated
from Sycamore High School in 1957.
After leaving Sycamore, he proudly served in the Navy from 1957 to 1962 but could not
wait until his commitment was over to marry the woman who had stolen his heart on a
blind date, the love of his life, Vivian Coffey. They married in 1961 and made their home
in Atlanta where they welcomed two daughters, Dawn and Holly. Atlanta is also where
he began his career in the can business, a career spanning 40 years, taking the family
from Georgia to Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Florida; and Quinton to Puerto Rico,
Venezuela, and other locations for consulting. He was a well-respected manager
because of his ability to step in and run any piece of equipment if needed, his desire to
improve processes which earned him two US patents, but mostly for his fairness to all
employees. Quinton ended his career in Denison as the plant manager for Sonoco
Products in 2002, giving him and Vivian more time for travel in retirement.
Quinton rarely went anywhere without Vivian by his side, traveling over the years to all
fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. His favorite vacation was a
2018 trip to Ireland with Vivian and his daughter, Holly where they made priceless
Quinton’s favorite pastime was woodworking. He took his joy of building things and
used it with the Parkside Men’s Ministry, crafting thousands of small wooden crosses to
share with others across the country and around the world. Whether you crossed his
path in the grocery store, at a gas station, a family reunion or the Texas State Fair, his
simple gesture of quietly sharing a handmade cross was his way of spreading the Lord’s
Nothing was more important to Quinton than family. He loved and supported Vivian and
his daughters, and being a grandpa was a constant highlight of life in his later years. He
watched Ian, Allen, and Hannah grow from cute babies, to active teens, and mature into
successful adults. He could not have been prouder of their accomplishments, smiled
more when he saw them, or loved them any more than he did.
Quinton was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Eunie Nelson, and his
siblings, Grace Morris, Effie Mae Wynn, Stantley Nelson, and Durel Nelson. He will be
sorely missed and always remembered by his devoted wife of 61 years, Vivian Coffey
Nelson [Denison, TX], daughters Dawn Alsvary [Richardson, TX] and Holly (Duane) Sand
[Bismarck, ND]; grandchildren, Ian Alsvary [Dallas, TX], Allen Sand [Norfolk, VA], and
Hannah Sand [Fort Worth, TX]; and his sister Faye Gilley [Sycamore, GA].
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 16 at 2 pm at Bethel Baptist Church in
Sycamore, GA. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Bethel Baptist Church or a
charity of your choice.
Quinton will be remembered as a man of integrity. He was such a good and decent man.