Rex Lloyd Nelon

January 19, 1932 ~ January 24, 2000

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving favor rather than silver and gold. 
Proverbs 22:1


MEMORIAL SERVICE
January 31, 2000

I'D DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN
By Jerry Thompson

If I had to start over and relive my life
There's nothing that I'd like to change
I've started with Jesus and with Him I'd stand
I'd do it all over again

Chorus
I'd do it all over again
I'd walk on with Jesus 'till my journey's end
I'd never give up living for Him for what the world's giving
I'd do it all over again

This life's had it's heartaches and I've had my share
But never too much to give in
And you ask me if trials are worth all the pain
Still I'd do it all over again

Chorus

I'd never give up living for Him for what the world's giving
I'd do it all over again


Copyright  1987 RNS Music Company/ASCAP

OFFICIATING

Rev. Stan Mitchell
Christ Church
Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. Amos Dodge
Capital Church
Washington, D.C.

"Everything I have in this world, I owe to gospel Music. I never tried very much else and what I did try, I wasn't very good at. I'm not very good at this, but I'm happy! What more could I ask for? I'd do it all over again. I'd walk on with Jesus 'till my journey's end. I'd never give up living for Him for what the world's giving. You betcha. I'd do it all over again." 

Rex Nelon ..

 

Pallbearers

Les Beasley
Bob Cain
Bill Gaither
Jake Hess
Claude Hopper
Jimmy Jones
Maurice LeFevre
Joe Moscheo
Ben Speer
Maurice Templeton

Honorary Pallbearers

John Barker
Ronnie Brown
Charlie Burke
Mark Fuller
Rick Goodman
Lari Goss

Russ Farrar
Ken Harding
Clay Harper
Ed Harper
Jeff Harper
Jake Hess, Jr.
Norman Holland

Perry Harper

Bob Johnson
Darrell Johnson
Lynn Keesecker
Johnny Minnick
Tilford Salyer
Don Shumate
Oneal Terry

INVOCATION AND SCRIPTURE READING
Rev. Stan Mitchell

CONGREGATIONAL HYMN

VIDEO BIOGRAPHY

HOMECOMING FRIENDS
Directed by Bill Gaither
Piano - Anthony Burger

SPECIAL TRIBUTES
TO A GRANDFATHER
Amber Thompson
TO A FRIEND
Ben Speer
Maurice Templeton
TO A MENTOR
Karen Peck Gooch
TO A FATHER
Kelly Nelon Thompson
Todd Nelon
TO A SOLDIER
Janet Paschal

MEMORIAL MESSAGE
Rev. Amos Dodge


Howard and Marietta Nelon gave birth to a son on January 19, 1932 in Ashville, North Carolina. They named their son Rex Lloyd Nelon and for almost 50 years that name has been one of the most respected names in Gospel Music.

Rex's love for songs began as a child and after serving his country in the Marine Corps, he began his professional career, in 1955, as the bass singer for the Homeland Harmony Quartet. Two years later, he joined the legendary LeFevre Family and sang with them for almost twenty years. The group evolved into the Rex Nelon Singers and was later known as The Nelons.

In 1997, Rex was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame as the leader of the Rex Nelon Singers. He also served on the National Quartet Convention Board of Directors.

After retiring, Rex became a regular member of Bill Gaither's "Homecoming Friends" concerts and videos. Certainly, Rex Nelon will be remembered as a great bass singer, whose passion was to preserve and perfect Gospel Quartet Music for generations to come.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; mother, Marietta Nelon of Asheville, NC; daughter, Kelly Nelon Thompson of Marietta, GA;son, Todd Nelon and wife, Rhonda of Powder Springs, GA;step daughters Mrs. Adam (Julie) Conde and Mrs. Bryan (Jamie) Staggs, both of Nashville, TN;sister, Judy Hyer of Ashville, NC;grandchildren, Amber and Autumn Thompson of Marietta, GA;Jordan,Ashley and Shelby Nelon of Powder Springs, GA and Maxwell Conde of Nashville, TN.


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