Douglas Nelms

Obituary of Douglas Nelms

Douglas Howard Nelms, 81, of Lakewood, was born on December 28, 1940, in Kingsport, Tennessee. He passed away on Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8:23 A.M. at his residence in Lakewood, Colorado. He was a beloved husband, father, and pawpaw to fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Charles M. Nelms and Vernie E. Nelms; daughter, Robin Nelms; son, Tim Nelms; daughter, Lisa Henderson; and stepson Kirk Roberts; brothers, Jim and Ed Nelms; and sister, JoAnn Wolfe. 

He is survived by his wife, Rachel S. Nelms, daughter, Sondra A. Engle’s, stepson Steven R. Roberts, and stepdaughter Lisa Dodson. There are fifteen grandchildren: Shawn Allen, Brandon Allen, Hunter Engles, Chandler, Kristen Wilmoth, Shane Mahoney, Heather Pierson, Chad Roberts, Brent Roberts, Steven Roberts Jr., Michael Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Kortnie Puckett, Caitlin Dodson, and Zachery Dodson and eight great-grandchildren.

His grandsons will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Receiving of friends will be held from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Church Hill. A graveside service will be in Kingsport, Tennessee, on Saturday, September 10 at 11:00 A.M. Reverend Joe McNulty will officiate at the Old Kingsport Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Carter Trent Funeral Home will handle all local funeral services in Church Hill, Tennessee.

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, September 9, 2022
Carter Trent Funeral Home Church Hill
1115 HWY 11w
Church Hill , Tennessee, United States


11:00 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Old Kingsport Cemetery
Mary Street
Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
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