He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Trentham Nelms; and brother, Swan (Ud) Nelms.
He is survived by his father, Charles L. Nelms of Cleveland; two daughters: Kalin Nelms of Benton, and Keirsten Johnson of Benton; a brother, George Nelms and wife, JoAnn, of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Quinn Green and David Qualls officiating.
Interment will follow in Old Ocoee Cemetery with Tommy Swann, Don Duggan, Roy Keith, Charlie Bradford, Ralph Nelms and Chuck Nelms serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.