March 15, 1947 ~ June 13, 2022

Born in: Glasgow, KY
Resided in: Glasgow, KY

James Mark Nelson, also known as Jim and Jimmy, died June 13, 2022, at the age of 75. Jim was born in Glasgow, KY, and was the elder son of James Oren and Jeanette Dougherty Nelson.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Theresa Nelson; three children, Julie Nelson Craddock, Mark Nelson (Megan Bale), and Amanda Nelson Ragle; 6 grandchildren, Pierce and Nelson Craddock, Lizzie and Sylvia Nelson and Porter and Anna Byrns Ragle; brother, William “Bill” Nelson and wife, Dawn, and their children, Clay, Nick and Katie Nelson.

Jim was a graduate of Glasgow High School (Class of 1965) and Western Kentucky University.  Passionate about education, he taught biology for many years and then worked in administration as principal at Glasgow High School. In addition to teaching, Jim lived and worked on the farm he loved in Barren County. He served in the Kentucky Army National Guard for 12 years and was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church of Glasgow.

A Memorial Service will be 10:00am Saturday June 25th at the First Presbyterian Church of Glasgow. Visitation will be on Friday afternoon from 5:00pm until 7:00pm and on Saturday morning from 9:00am until time for the service all at the Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flower the family request that a memorial donation be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Nelson. Please share your condolence with the family at ww.crowfuneralhome.com.




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  1. My sincere condolences and prayers are with family and friends for peace and comfort!! 🙏💙

  2. So sorry for your loss…I was fortunate enough to have been a classmate with Jim as well as in the scouts with him and fellow soldier with him in the guards. He was a good friend and will be missed by our community…Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Mr Nelson was with out a doubt one of the best biology teachers I had. He motivated me and really created my love of the sciences and the outdoors. My thoughts and prayers are with the Nelson family.

      • Carl, I couldn’t agree more. One of the best teachers I ever had and a wonderful principal to work under. Truly a classical gentleman who will surely be missed by his family, former colleagues, and the community. My condolences to his family and close friends.

  3. Theresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you peace as you come together in grief. Blessings. [Jeanne Wallace Garrett GHS’67]

  4. Theresa and family—I cannot tell you how sorry I am to learn of Jimmy’s(Jim’s) passing. So many good memories that we have all shared through the years. From my mother and Jeanette pushing Jimmy in his stroller to you being the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen, which is still true today. Love, hugs, and prayers.

  5. Theresa….James and I are so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Jolene

  6. Theresa, I am so sorry to hear this ! May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family. 🙏🙏

  7. Theresa and family,
    We are so sorry about Jimmy’s passing. He was such a great person and he touched so many lives. We feel so blessed to have him and your precious family in our life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hugs, love, and prayers.

  8. So shocked and sad to hear about Jimmy! What a super nice person, as well as the entire family.

    My deepest sympathy to all.

    Clay Barrickman

  9. You will truly be missed. One of a kind. Great at everything you did. You pretty much felt like an uncle to me and I will always consider you family, along with the rest of your family. A great man and a great loss. My thoughts are with your family and that may one day find peace.

  10. Theresa, I am so very sorry for your loss! My love, sympathy and prayers for each of you!!
    Lynda Phillips Matthews

  11. Megan, so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. May God be with you and your family and hold you in his care during this difficult time.

  12. So sorry to hear this. We butted heads quite often. But looking back you were just trying to get the best out of me. RIP Mr. Nelson and thank you!



  14. Theresa and family, I am so very sorry for your loss!! You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time and following.

  15. My Family’s Condolences goes out to Amanda and her Family during these Hard times. I will Always Remember your Daddy’s Big Smile he Always had.

  16. So sorry to hear of Mr. Nelson’s passing. I remember him as my teacher in biology class and his love of science. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

  17. Keeping you in prayer as you grieve. We remember our brief moments with Jim very fondly.

  18. Wonderful science teacher, to his children especially Julie you have my deepest sympathy. Mr. Nelson was a great person.

  19. Theresa and family I am so deeply sorry about your loss. Love and prayers for you all in this time of grief.

  20. Godspeed Jim Nelson, you are most certainly going to be missed.
    Much love to the family, and many prayers for healing. Jim was one of a kind and left the world and students he taught better than he found them🙏♥️

  21. Theresa and family – I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was a wonderful educator and leader at Glasgow High School and also a prankster!! I remember the morning he slightly opened my classroom window and tied a road-kill skunk just below the window!! I couldn’t figure out where that smell was coming from – lol!! He was a wonderful man that left a profound mark on many lives!! Love and prayers to you all!!

  22. So sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family! I was very fortunate to have Mr. Nelson as a biology teacher as GHS!! One of the best!!

  23. I’ve remembered him as my homeroom teacher when I first moved to Glasgow back in 1990.. he was a kindhearted gentleman.. I went to school with his son, Mark. My prayers are with his wife & children during this time of mourning.. #RIP

  24. My heart and prayers go out to the family. He was a great man and a great teacher. He will be missed.

  25. Theresa , my deepest condolences to you and all your family! Jim was very special to my girls, March and Sarah, a great principal at GHS. Theresa may you have Gods peace and rest as you grieve through this. RIP Jim, you will be missed by all of us❤️ Jennie Poynter

  26. Mrs Nelson
    I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Mr Nelson’s passing. He was always a joy to be around and brightened the toughest of days. Please accept my sincerest condolences and know that it was an honor to be a part of his journey.

    We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Cor 5:8

  27. So sorry to hear of this. Mr. Nelson was an excellent teacher, great mentor, and an honest and gentle man. He will be missed dearly.

  28. As I read these heartfelt messages about your love of Jim I am reminded of how wonderful is is to grow up in Glasgow. Having spent the first 9 years of my life there and being Jim’s first cousin it i easy to see why Glasgow has drawn me back home for the past 64 years. Jim always had a Jimmy Stewart like persona and having him partner up with the lovely Theresa for 56 years was a recipe for as perfect of a marriage as you will ever find. I am sorry Theresa that I couldn’t be there today .
    Aunt Louise,Aunt Margie, Aunt Jet and Uncle Dink are waiting at the door and are welcoming Jim with open arms.

  29. Amanda and family,
    You’re dad was such a wonderful man. He left quite an impact on the lives that he touched. Many prayers, love, and hugs for the days to come.

  30. Mr. Nelson was one of the best teachers I ever had. We all knew he cared about us and wanted us to learn, not only about biology but about giving our best. I am very sorry to hear about his passing. Much love McCarleys!

  31. Respected educator, family friend, aprreciated veteran service.
    He will be missed, but not forgotten.

  32. Theresa,
    I was so very sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. I hope his memory can comfort you during this painful time.
    With love,
    Jennie Leech

  33. We’re so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Nelson was a wonderful principal when our children attended GHS. We pray you feel the peace, comfort & strength that only our Lord can give🙏🏻❤️

  34. We’re so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Nelson was a wonderful principal when I attended GHS. He was a good man 🙏🙏

  35. Very sorry for your loss. Jimmy was one of my all-time favorite teachers; I still have many fond memories of his class (&TP event) my junior year at Park City High School when he was just beginning his career. He positively touched so many lives throughout his lifetime including my own.

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