Wayne Robert NelsonJune 25, 1946 ~ September 2, 2017 (age 71)
Wayne Nelson was one of five children. He grew up in the Hill District and attended Westinghouse High School. During his teenage years, he developed skills including: carpentry and electronics. As some of you know, those interests peaked after taking apart toys and the family television set. These talents afforded him many jobs ending wit him working two full-time jobs for 20+years. His commitment to his hard work and diligence awarded him retirement from both jobs. During his young adult life, he met the love of his life, Jeannine Jones, in 1976. They instantly fell in love and eventually married and created a loving blended family consisting of 9 children.
Wayne adored music, especially Jazz and R&B. He had an impressive collection of live concerts on DVD that many of us enjoyed with him. Many may not know this, but he was excellent at playing the congas and bongos. If he wasn't playing his bongos, he was banging on walls, tables or anything else that produced the soul and funk rhythms he enjoyed.
Everyone who has ever met Wayne can and will attest that he has always been a selfless, loving and positive person. He didn't have much, but for his family and friends he would give the shirt off his back.
He admired and loved his entire family, and everything he epitomized, was for the provisions, protections and stability of his family.
Wayne was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Nelson, father, George Nelson, sister, Ethel Ayinde and son Gary Lee Nelson.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Jeannie Nelson, sisters, Henrietta Ray, Mary Ruth Johnson and Lenora Joyce Thomas and her husband Jay Thomas, children, Doreen Smith and her husband Tom Smith, Wayne Nelson, Jr., Jeffrey Nelson, Shawn Nelson and his wife Dorothy Nelson, Daniel Nelson, Tina Merritt and her husband Patrick Merritt, DeWitt Jones and his wife Terri Jones, Trinell Jones and his wife Kiana Jones, 16+ grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Wayne was loved by everyone who knew him and lives in everyone that was blessed by his spirit. He may be gone, but he will never b forgotten.
We love you
WAYNE 'DA TRAIN' NELSON !