Mr. Nelson, former Winter Garden police chief, died Jan. 11, 2022.
Charles Royce Nelson, 84, of Nunnelly, Tennessee, passed away on Jan. 11, 2022. Born Nov. 4, 1937, in Geneva County, Alabama, to the late Otis and Jewell McCall Nelson, he moved to Winter Garden, Florida, at the age of 17.
He worked for Pounds Motor Co. before joining the Winter Garden Police Department. He served as Chief from 1966-1974. He left the police department for a short while and owned his own business, "Nelson Building and Repair," until he left Winter Garden in 1996.
He went back to the Winter Garden Police Department and retired in 1993. He also worked a short time with Oakland Florida Police Department before moving to Tennessee in 1996.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bobby Ray and Gatchet Nelson; and sister, Robbie Nell Nelson.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Morris Nelson, of Nunnelly, Tennessee; son, Charles Richard (Stacey) Nelson of Woodland, Tennessee; daughter, E. Anita Baker of Nunnelly, Tennessee; sister, Jimmie L. Commander of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; grandchildren, Chris Nelson of Springfield, Tennessee, Jessica Nelson of Clarksville, Tennessee, Becki Nelson (Tony Turner) of Indialantic, Florida; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Gavin; niece, Mary (Paul) Rushing; along with many other relatives, friends and loved ones.
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