Services commemorating the life of Sherrell D. Nelson will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Williams Funeral Home with Rev. T. W. Scott, officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will be at Gum Springs Cemetery.
*** Due to COVID there will be limited seating ***
Sherrell was born on July 6, 1954, in Arkadelphia. She was the youngest child of eight children born to Robert Henry and Pauline Middleton Nelson. Her parents ensured she was involved in her local church, St. Paul A.M.E., which was the baseline for the affection she developed to absorb God’s Word and live a life reflective of His love. In addition to church involvement, Sherrell found herself very active within her school and community. Her enthusiasm and passion for education were demonstrated as she graduated in 1972 from Arkadelphia High School, then enrolled in Ouachita Baptist University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education in 1976. At Ouachita, she made many friends and acquaintances participating in softball and on the cheerleading squad.
She took part in a plethora of organizations and offices including the 12th Episcopal District YPD Director for 8 years, Conference WMS President, Conference YPD Director, and a member of the Conference Lay Organization. On the local level, she served as WMS President, YPD Director, member of the Lay Organization, Sunday School secretary, Usher, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Inspirational Choir.
Sherrell worked for the Arkadelphia Human Development Center, but her passion had always been to work with the youth. She later worked for the Arkansas Workforce Center beginning with J.T.P.A for twenty-six years. Of all of the incredible roles she held in her lifetime, Sherrell made it evident that the most revered and esteemed positions she ever fulfilled were as a good sister, loving aunt, and a true friend.
In addition to her siblings, Brenda Smith, Annie M. Nelson-Tate, James D. Nelson, Terry L. Nelson, and Ollie Litt; and her sister-in-law, Betty Nelson. Sherrell is survived by several nieces and nephews; close friends, Presiding Elder Angela Brewster of the Little Rock/Jonesboro District, Judy Tidwell, Alvin “Spider” Turner, Gary Hunter, other beloved family and acquaintances, as well as, the St. Paul A.M.E. Church family. She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Temothy Nelson, Sr., and Robert Earl Nelson.
Sherrell’s favorite pastimes included spending time with family and loved ones, watching her favorite sporting teams the Texas Rangers and the Arkansas Razorbacks, admiring the artwork, or being curled up and cozy working a crossword puzzle book. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14: Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.