Charles H. and Ethel V. Nelson, Sr. were joined in marriage on Sept. 20, 1952 by the late Rev. Andrew W. Adkins in Alexandria.
Both are graduates of the former Parker Gray High School. Charles served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and retired from Andrews Air Force Base following a career of 35 years.
Ethel, who enjoyed being a nursery school owner for many years in Alexandria, was later employed and then retired from IPMA in Alexandria in accounting.
While retirement has not allowed them to slow down, they continue enjoying life with 17 cruises and most recently they vacationed to Martha’s Vineyard with family and friends.
From this happy marriage, two children were born: Charles Jr., now deceased, and Gail O. Nelson of Maryland, three granddaughters, Shaye L. Nelson (devoted friend Aubrey Turner), Toyri W. (Troy) Brandon, Nikia N. (Aaron) Dunivan; four great granddaughters, Preajah Bea, London Hall, Zoe Dunivan, Tiffany Brandon; two great grandsons, Chad Henry Nelson, and Brandon Turner, deceased.
They are still active members of The Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria. They are still enjoying activities around town and Charles enjoys working in his beautiful yard and gardening.