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Gayle Norman Nelson

March 8, 1936 — July 28, 2023

Gayle Norman Nelson, age 87, of Dawson Springs, KY passed away on Friday, July 28, 2023 at his residence. Mr. Nelson was born on March 8, 1936 in Dawson Springs, KY to the late Arnold Nelson and Evelyn Hale Nelson. Gayle was a graduate of Charleston High School and was a master electrician working at Alcoa in Newburgh, IN. He was a member of Dunn Missionary Baptist Church serving as a deacon since 1992 and as Elder Deacon for the past several years. He served his country in the United States Army and he loved University of Kentucky Wildcat Basketball. Gayle was a member of the Beulah Masonic Lodge and was also an avid golfer.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years ~ Rita Ann Nelson of Dawson Springs, KY; two daughters ~ Regina Farris and her husband, Dennis of Madisonville, KY and Renee Gross and her husband, Jackie of Elizabethtown, KY; a sister ~ Nell Arersa of Detroit, MI; four grandchildren ~ Ashtin Brown, Amanda Papadinec, Jarrod Farris and Hannah Farris; six great-grandchildren ~ Kelshaun, Kaylee, Sawyer, Adley, Mason, Zoey and Maddox.


Mr. Nelson is preceded in death by his parents; a sister ~ Dot Hunt and brothers ~ Wayne Nelson and Bobby Nelson.


Visitation for Gayle Norman Nelson will be on Sunday, August 6, 2023 from 12:00 –until the 3:00 P.M. funeral hour at Beshear Funeral Home in Dawson Springs, KY with Rev. Jeremy Jessup officiating. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery in Dawson Springs, KY. Masonic Rites will be conducted 2023 at 2:00 PM at Beshear Funeral Home.


Pallbearers will be Joe Workman, Jeff Cunningham, Mark McGregor, Clint Cunningham, Bo Hester and Dirk Hefner. Terry Nelson and Kelshaun Mitchell will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.


Mr. Nelson’s service will be streamed live on Beshear Funeral Home Facebook later after the service on August 6, 2023. (To view: “Google” beshearfuneralhomefacebook and select “videos” among the menu options).


Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to:

American Heart Association

P.O. Box 840692

Dallas, TX 75284-0692


Alzheimer’s Association

225 N. Michigan Avenue

Floor 17

Chicago, IL 60601



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Sunday, August 6, 2023

12:00 - 3:00pm (Central time)

Beshear Funeral Home

, Dawson Springs, KY 42408

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