Paul Cornelious Neilson, Jr., 89, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend was called to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. He entered this world on October 5, 1928 in Hattiesburg, MS, born to Paul and Verna Neilson. Paul honorably served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army. Paul was a faithful member of Galilee Baptist Church. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Colleen Coats Neilson; daughter, Marsha Lynn Barnes and husband Howard of Zachary; son, Ronald E. Neilson and wife Martha of Idaho; daughter, Deborah “Jan” Laney of Central; son, Don Todd Neilson of Zachary; 4 grandchildren, Bobbie Janelle Nielsen and husband Tim, Michael Paul Laney and wife Laura, Melissa Diane Laney and John Thomas; and 8 great-grandchildren.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Cornelious, Sr. and Verna Lenora Neilson; brother, Laurits Neilson and sister, Becky Neilson.
Pallbearers will be Melvin Sibley, Gerald Braud, Neal Smith, Bobby Holt, Tom Workman and J.D. Henery.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The visitation will continue at Baker Funeral Home on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Brother Tim Fabre. The graveside service and burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.bakerfuneralhomeonline.com.
Ronnie, Donnie and the Neilson Family I was truly sad today to learn of Mr. Paul's passing and wish to pass my most sincere and deepest condolences to you and your families. I worked at Nichols Construction/Turner Industries for 18 years with you and your Father and I don't know of a better man than Mr. Paul. I really enjoyed working with your Father and I was always very proud to let people know I worked for Nichols and that we had the best Rigging Division in the entire United States bar none. Your Father certainly touched many people's lives through work and gave them the best training a heavy rigger could ever get. May God Bless and Keep you in His Grace and know that you have some very wonderful memories of your Father.
David A. Miller
Corporate Payroll and Billing Department Manager
David A. MillerNew Roads, LA
I know that words are inadequate at a time like this, but I wanted you to know how very sorry my family is for your loss. May you find comfort in God's promise at Isaiah 41:10.
AnnieBNew Castle, DE