Mrs. Maxine A. Nelson, 70, of Pine Bluff, born on February 20, 1943 in Selma, Ark. transitioned from this earthly life on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She leaves behind a legacy of service above self exemplified, a member of the Watson Chapel School Board, other positions included AR Association of Community Organization Reform Now (ACORN) where she served as chairman. National Association Board of Legislation & Politics Committee at ACORN, Secretary of ACORN National Association Board, Arkansas Community Organization (ACO), Regional Director in Region 11 of the AR School Board (ASBA), AR Association of Community Organization, past president, a leader for social justice & civil rights in AR and the United States and a long-time board member of KABF radio, a community radio station based in Little Rock. She served on the Pine Bluff 20/20 Initiative and also advocated for living wages where she sought in particular to improve conditions on behalf of the poor and working class. She worked tirelessly for the city’s often unseen stratum of low wages, housing and education. She was the recipient of numerous awards, too many to count, traveled abroad and was a very active participant with her family reunion, LSWWC. She was all about unity and keeping the family together.
She attended Coleman School and finished high school in Reno, Nevada. She received a BSN degree from UAPB in 1975, graduating in the first nursing class and worked over 34 years as a Registered Nurse in the coronary care unit at JRMC.
One son, Kelvin Nelson, Sr. and her parents, Nathaniel and Irene (Wallace) Powell preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Nelson-Payne of Pine Bluff, Three Sons, Michael (Glenda) Nelson, of Elizabethtown, KY, Raymond (Kerie) Nelson, Jr., Amos Bryan Nelson, all of Pine Bluff and a granddaughter that she raised as her own, Ray-Ven Nelson and an adopted sister, Glenda Faye Watkins of Clarksville, Tenn. Nineteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, one special aunt, Odessa Wallace, and a host of cousins and friends.
Emerald Reynolds, Ray-Ven Nelson, granddaughters and Raymond Nelson, Sr. were her caretakers.
Homegoing services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at College Heights Church of Christ by Brother Michael Alexander. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Memorial Garden by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Visitation will be on Friday afternoon at from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Family hour will be from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9:45 a.m. until service time. Repast will be at College Heights on Saturday. The family will be at 4307 Union Ave, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Online Register: www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.