Nelson, Stephen L.

January 17, 1921 - July 16, 2013

Stephen Livingstone Nelson, 92 years old, died July 16, 2013.   Steve’s parents, William E. and Julia (Blair) Nelson, were serving the United Methodist Church as missionaries in Africa at the time of his birth.  Steve was born in Quiongua, Pungo Andongo, Angola.  He graduated from Thurmont High School (Maryland) and went on to receive his B.A. (Cum Laude) from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY at the age of 19.  The following year, he graduated from Ohio State University with a Master’s in Social Administration.

After many years as chief executive of United Way chapters in cities including Savannah, Memphis and San Francisco, Steve went into business for himself in 1971. He started a small business called Fiber-Seal, through which he met the love of his life, Nancy Tielens.  Steve and Nancy’s combined family sported a total of nine children (Steve’s six and Nancy’s three), with as many as eight kids living at home during the early years.

Steve loved Nancy, his kids and grandkids with all his heart.  Enterpreneur, writer, philosopher, aspiring chef, comedian and all around sweet fun guy, he will be dearly missed.

Steve was preceeded in death by two of his children, Elizabeth Nelson and Tod Nelson, as well as his older brother, Paul A. Nelson of Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and daughters Debbie Howard, Lorelle Nelson, Tamera Tielens and Cathy Lawson.  Surviving sons are Tim Nelson, Stephen L. Nelson, Jr. and Christopher Tielens.  Steve’s grandchildren are Michelle Oddo, Samantha King and Sydney King.

Memorial Celebration will take place at 2pm on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Primrose at Park Villas, 2519 John West Rd, Dallas, TX  75228.  Donations in Steve’s memory may be made to The Arc.

Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Tx 75238

7 replies on “Nelson, Stephen L.”

Bettye Mister says:

With Deepest Sympathy, on the lost of your Love one. Our prayers are with you and the Family.
Alfred & Bettye Mister

Vanessa Lopez says:

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Nancy Nelson and family.

Mr. Nelson was one of the most wonderful people I was blessed to have known. He always made it a point to put a smile on everyone’s face. He will be missed but never forgotten.

The Nelson Family will be in my prayers throughout this time of grieving.


Vanessa Lopez and family

Mary Nelson Tatum says:

So sorry to hear of your loss. I have good memories of Steve and Nancy visited in Reidsville with my grandparents, Roy and Mary Nelson. Sincerely, Mary

Patty Nelson Miller says:

Uncle Steve was a true Renaissance man with an abiding interest in his family history and all things Elvis. He will be missed for his humor, warmth and love of life and his beautiful Nancy.

Eloise Cade says:

Nancy here it is 7/31 and I just heard about Steve.I’m so sorry.I remember how shocked I was the first time I met you and you said you had been married 25 years. You looked so young.Steve introduced me to e-mail & we corresponded for a very long time.Nancy you are one of my very special friends.I really miss you and wish I could be with you in this time of sorrow.Love Eloise

Mark Klein says:

Nancy and family.
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of of your husband and father.I am thankful for meeting Steve in1982. Being the great salesman that he is, he convinced me to be involved with Fiber Seal in the Cleveland Ohio area.
What a wonderful meeting that turned out to be.
My involvement with Fiber Seal has enabled me to make a great living, raise my children and be prepared for retirement. I am so grateful for that 1982 meeting.
I have fond memories of Steve and will miss our many phone discussions that have occurred over these many years. Again, my deepest sympathy to all who loved him.
Mark Klein

Sam, Sara and Jonathan Goff says:

We wish for your family peace and healing during this time bereavement.

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