Dr. Luther Sullivan “Sully” Nelson

May 17, 1926 - June 24, 2017

05/17/1926 - 06/24/2017

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Cemetery
Friday June 30, 2017
Following the service at Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South
Ahoskie, NC 27910
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Service
Friday June 30, 2017
11:00 am
Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Hwy 42 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
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AMARILLO, TX- Dr. Luther Sullivan (Sully) Nelson was born on May 17, 1926, in Rich Square, North Carolina. He is survived by his beloved sons Jim Nelson and his wife Dee Ann, Stuart Nelson and his wife Lisa, and his cherished daughter Glenda Nelson Rogers and husband Ted. He leaves behind four grandchildren; Sarah (David) Dunaway, Rachel Nelson, Kristen (Justin) Spruiell, and Stephanie (Kyle) Culbertson, and a great grandson Everett Sullivan Spruiell.  He was preceded in death by his wife Dolly, brother James, and sister Bernice.

 

Growing up in the Great Depression, Dr. Nelson learned responsibility early, as he, as a very young man, provided significantly for his mother and the rest of his family. In WWII, he followed his older brother James and many of his friends into the Army, and stationed in Hawaii through the cessation of hostilities, upon which he returned home to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from East Carolina Teachers College. At ECTC Dr. Nelson met the love of his life, Thelma Olivia Joyner, affectionately known to her friends as “Dolly.” He and Dolly wed on June 23, 1951. They remained happily married until her passing on February 14, 2002.

 

After finishing his undergraduate work, Dr. Nelson went on to study medicine at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Chapel Hill, where he graduated with his MD on June 2, 1958. Following his graduation, he then interned in family practice at the University of Michigan Affiliated Hospitals in Anne Arbor. After practicing in family medicine in North Carolina for a few years, Dr. Nelson returned to the University of North Carolina to complete a residency in Radiology. In 1968, upon completion of his studies at UNC he moved with his family to Amarillo, Texas. Just seven years later, Dr. Nelson was elected President of the Medical Staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital, and in 1981 was elected President of the Potter-Randall Medical Society.

 

Dr. Nelson was passionate about his every pursuit in life. He loved sport fishing for Blue Marlin off the coast of the Outer Banks, sailing on Lake Meredith, cattle ranching in the Texas Panhandle, and enjoyed British sports cars. A charitable man, Dr. Nelson also helped many people throughout his life. All who knew him will deeply miss him.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11AM at the Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie. Burial will follow the service at Highland Memorial Gardens.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch at http://www.calfarley.org

 

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Nelson family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

 

 

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Anna Medina
6 years ago

Thankful and Blessed to have met Dr.Sully such a wonderful man missing him everyday. May he Rest In Peace until we meet again my friend forever will have a place in my heart<3

Clarita Palermo
6 years ago

Please accept my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Sully. I’ll always remember him as a kind gentleman who left a profound impression on those he met from very first time. May he Rest In Peace in heaven

Clarita Palermo
6 years ago

Please accept my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Sully, he was a gentleman that left a profound impression on people he met from the first time. May he Rest In Peace in heaven

John R. Ellis
6 years ago

Sylvia Ellis, RN, Diana Fite, MD, and John R. Ellis, MD offer our condolences on the death of Sully. He was a good and caring physician and gentleman.

Dr. Carl A. Furr
6 years ago

I’m a fellow classmate of Sully’s, UNC School of Medicine 1958. I have not seen him in years but do remember him as one fine fellow and an excellent student. I’m sure you’re proud of him and will miss him dearly.

Don Isaacs
6 years ago

Dr. Nelson, I know you will enjoy heaven because you enjoyed your work so very much.
I light this candle for a wonder friend.

Don Isaacs
6 years ago

Dr. Nelson was one of the finest radiologist I worked with. His supervision taught me many things. I had met all the members of his family in Amarillo. I don’t think you could find a kinder man to work with.
Dr. Nelson knew his craft very well and will be missed by all that knew him and worked with him.