Life Story for
Nelson C. Waugh passed away on August 10th, 2018 with family at his side. He was 82 years young.
On March 30, 1936 Nelson “Nellie” Waugh was born in Batesville, Arkansas to Shedrick Maurice Waugh, Sr., a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and Velma Victoria Olivia Nelson, a registered nurse. He was the youngest of 5 children.
Nelson was an entrepreneur from the age of 12. He started selling newspapers and magazines like the Chicago Defender, delivered newspapers, and cut grass. He would get jobs cutting grass and then subcontract to other kids. He eventually owned his own business, Hub Cap Nellie’s for 24 years.
During his childhood, Nelson lived in front of an airport. His brother Maurice used to say “One day I’ll become a pilot and you’ll become an airplane mechanic”. And they did. Nelson joined the United States Force on his 18th birthday. He completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, TX. From 1954-1958 Nelson served at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina as an airplane mechanic. He flew all over the world to Japan, Korea, Alaska, northern and southern Europe.
Nelson earned degrees from Madison College in marketing, real estate, and insurance. He worked as a City of Madison Contract Compliance Officer and then began a construction career working for local companies such as Findorff and Vogel Brothers. He was a member of Laborers Local 464 and retired after 25 years.
Nelson is preceded in death by his brother Charles Wallace Waugh, father Shedrick Maurice Waugh, Sr., mother, Velma Victoria Olivia Nelson, daughter Cheryl Smith, and brother Shedrick Maurice Waugh, Jr.
He is survived by his sister Jane West, Texarkana, Texas, Ann Enoch, Lakewood, Washington, children Patrick Gilbert (Diane), Gwendolyn Waugh, Gerald Waugh, and Melanie Lucas. He was the proud grandfather to 6 grandchildren Jamaal Gilbert, Dominique Gilbert, Angela Morgan, Marcus Crowder, Kristina Lucas, Ashley Lucas and 11 great grandchildren.