Randolph Nelson Sr., 73, mechanic for UPS

January 08, 2003

Randolph Nelson Sr., 73, mechanic for UPS

Randolph Nelson Sr., a retired United Parcel Service mechanic and Korean War veteran, died of cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. He was 73.

Born in Winnsboro, S.C., Mr. Nelson moved to West Baltimore with his family in 1938. He attended Carver Vocational-Technical High School, and enlisted in the Army in 1948.

The longtime Rogers Avenue resident served as an infantryman during the Korean War, where he received a battlefield commission to sergeant, family members said. He later was a tank instructor until being discharged in 1968.

He was a Job Corps instructor in Baltimore from 1969 to 1970, when he went to work as a mechanic for UPS. He retired in the late 1980s.

A friendly man who liked children, Mr. Nelson, known as "Poo," enjoyed driving neighborhood children to their schools around the city. He also liked wearing hats and caps from his extensive collection, attending gospel concerts and playing pinochle.

He was a member of Rising Sun Baptist Church, and member and former president of the Spinoza Club Inc., a Northwest Baltimore men's social club.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Ella Delores McWilliams; three sons, Randolph Nelson Jr., Reginald A. Nelson and David M. Nelson, all of Baltimore; three daughters, Deborah L. Nelson of Owings Mills, and Patricia A. Bishop and Sheryl L. Nelson, both of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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