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Elbert Lewis Nelson

July 1, 1925 - November 27, 2016

Obituary


Elbert Lewis (Shadow) Nelson, 91, of Forest, passed away on Nov 27, 2016. Friends and family have known him by his nickname Shadow since he was a young boy. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Cappy in August 2015, after 66 years of marriage. Shadow is survived by 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren: Son David and partner Susan Carroll of TN; son and daughter-in-law Ron and Kathy of Forest VA; daughter and son-in-law Laura and Tom Jayne of VA; daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Jon Fowler of TN; and daughter...

Elbert Lewis (Shadow) Nelson, 91, of Forest, passed away on Nov 27, 2016. Friends and family have known him by his nickname Shadow since he was a young boy. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Cappy in August 2015, after 66 years of marriage. Shadow is survived by 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren: Son David and partner Susan Carroll of TN; son and daughter-in-law Ron and Kathy of Forest VA; daughter and son-in-law Laura and Tom Jayne of VA; daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Jon Fowler of TN; and daughter and son-in-law Susan and Robert Miller of NC.

Shadow was born in Greensboro NC on Jul 1, 1925. He delivered ice by bicycle and then worked at a bakery when little more than a child. Then as a courier for the Office of the White House before joining the Navy during WWII. He piloted assault landing barges during 7 major Pacific invasions. After leaving the Navy, he attended classical and commercial art schools in Key West FL and Pittsburg PA, finding time between schools to meet and marry the love of his life, Cappy Brinson. A professional artist, he earned many art awards in NC while working in the art department of the Greensboro newspaper. A move to NJ to work in Manhattan moved him firmly into the commercial art world of big advertising, while still also finding time to paint many portraits and landscapes. After retiring, Shadow and Cappy enjoyed 13 years in the resort area of Ajijic, Mexico. They traveled extensively to Canada, Europe and Central/South America. In 2000 they moved back to Virginia to be closer to family.

Shadow was a study in contrasts. He could sometimes be gruff, especially when noise levels of a busy household full of children rose too loud or when pushed in a direction he did not want to go. However he was the perfect rock of stability, support and calm when adversities both large and small confronted his family or friends. His education was in the art world but he also had a remarkable grasp of a broad spectrum of subjects with detailed memory of events and concepts. Shadow loved to sit around the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and wax philosophical.

The more one came to know Shadow, the more impressive he was as a person. He had a great love for all of his children and their offspring, but above all, he loved his wife Cappy. He was the anchor that supported her during her declining years; there was nothing that he would not do for her even as his own health began to decline. They are together again and that is as it should be.

Shadow will be laid to rest with Cappy in Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors. The ceremony will be limited to close family when a date is scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).