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Josephine "Josie" Nelson

02/21/1947 - 05/10/2020

Obituary for Josephine "Josie" Nelson

Ms. Josephine Nelson, 73, of Columbus, GA passed Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Columbus, GA.

A private funeral service will be held Friday, May 22, 2020. Public visitation will be Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 12-5 p.m. EST.

Ms. Josephine "Josie" Marie Nelson was born February 21, 1947 in Bastrop, Louisiana to the late Oscar Lee Fudge and Vera Lee Johnson. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Beekman, Louisiana. Josie attended and graduated from schools in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. She relocated to Cleveland, Ohio and later moved to New York city, New York. While in New York she was blessed with one son, Timothy Nelson and twin daughters Victoria and Veronica Nelson. Josie then married James C. Nelson on January 15, 1971. James and Josie relocated to Ft. Benning, Georgia from there to Columbus, Georgia where they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Janice Nelson. Josie joined Franchise Missionary Baptist Church. Josie was employed at AAFES - Ft Benning, Georgia. Then went to Metra Transit System in 1978 where she retired after 27 years of service in 2005. She is noted as the First Female Bus Operator Supervisor at Metra Transit System. She was a dedicated employee. She was a member of the Jolly Matron Social Club, The Red Hat Club and a sister in the Order of Eastern Star New Truth Chapter of Columbus, Georgia. Josie shared a close bond with her family and friends and shared many memories with laughter at her home.

She departed this life Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Piedmont Columbus Regional Northside, Columbus Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar Lee Fudge and Vera Lee Johnson. Grandparents Lena Woods, Tommy and Lula Rogers, Sammy and Sara McMillion, Oscar and Barbara Wheeler; two uncles and two aunts.

She leaves to cherish her memories a son Timothy (DeeTasha) Nelson of Covington, Georgia, daughter Victoria Nelson of Phenix City, Alabama, Veronica (Kenneth Sr.) Watkins of Columbia, South Carolina, Janice Nelson of Columbus, Georgia; Aunt Mary Forbes of Antioch, California, Vernia McCoy of Seattle, Washington, Ora Evans of Bastrop, Louisiana and Earline Lollar of Columbia, South Carolina; 11 grandchildren, DeRante (Dynasty) Davis, Kenneth (Alexis) Watkins Jr., Vincent (Janiqua) Watt Jr., Timothy Nelson Jr., Tavon Watt, Brandon Watt, Kentrell Watkins, Terrell Nelson, Darihanna Watson, Precious Nelson and LaNeiya Watson; Six great-grandchildren, Brayden Watt, Brandon Watt Jr, Kai Watt, Brielle Watt, Nasir Nelson and Lincoln Watt; and a close friend Gregory Kelly; and a host of cousins and friends.

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