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Steve Nelsin

Steven Dale Nelsin, Sr.




Steven Dale Nelsin, Sr, age 67, of 121 East Peninsula Drive, and husband of Gudula Michelle Reif Nelsin, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020, at his home.


Born in Ft. Bragg, NC, he was a son of the late LTC Darrel Nelsin, Ret. and Doris Jeanette Teague Nelsin. Steve was a US Army Veteran serving first during the Vietnam Era and serving a second term during the late 1970’s.  He retired from SCDOT and was later a consultant for HDR.  Steve was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the American Legion.  He was also an Alabama Crimson Tide Football fanatic.


Surviving in addition to his wife are his son, Steven Dale Nelsin, Jr. and wife Andrea of Fountain Inn, SC; sisters, Sheryle Lynn Rierson and husband Richard of Kannapolis, NC and Carol N. Davis and husband Stanley of Concord, NC; and three grandchildren, Carson Dale Nelsin, Jonathan Tyler Nelsin, and Adisson Anthony.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant daughter, Stephanie Nelsin.


A private funeral service will be held at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, conducted by Chaplain Captain Steven Evans.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in Westview Memorial Park in Laurens.


Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.



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My husband and I both worked with Steve at SCDOT and always thought a lot of him. He was very kind and always talked about his family in such a sweet way. He will be missed. We want to share our condolences with you all and tell you that we're praying for comfort.
Peggy & Kevin Paxton

Peggy Paxton May 18 2020 12:00 AM

This is heartbreaking. Steve was larger than life, and he was the first person I spoke to on my first day at the SCDOT. He taught me a lot during our long days working together, and his stories always cracked me up. He would always come in and yell good morning in German and make his tea before going to the job. Thanks for the great memories Steve. You will be missed!

Josh Makison May 18 2020 12:00 AM

Steve always had interesting stories to tell and enjoyed working with him at the DOT. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will be missed.

Kimberly Bishop May 18 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers go out to Steve's family. My desk sat beside his for many years at the SCDOT, I have nothing but good memories. He was a rabid Alabama fan, I loved football season with him around. He will be sorely missed.

trecy.o@gmail.com May 18 2020 12:00 AM

I was heartbroken to hear the news Steve's passing. There aren't many memories have thought of these last two days that didn't make me smile, and some even made me laugh. He was unmatched by anyone I've ever met when it came to telling stories. In our many days of working together we often talked about his son and how proud he was of him and he sure loved that grand boy, Carson. I will continue to lift all of you up in my prayers in the coming days, and that peace and comfort from the Master will get you through.

Brandon Couch May 18 2020 12:00 AM

Sad news. I learnt a lot from him when I joined SCDOT, he is a urge Alabama fan and I remember him having a big Alabama flag in his office.
Even when he retired from DOT, he will visit sometimes to say hello.
My heartfelt condolences to his family, and I pray the Almighty gives the family the strength to withstand this tragic moment.

Emmanuel F May 18 2020 12:00 AM

Steve was as close as a brother any friend could have. I was stationed with him in Karlsruhe when he first met his wife-to-be and remember well helping to move them up a narrow stairwell into their apartment. I also fondly remember our trips to Baden-Baden and the many crazy times we had, from Germany to TN to SC to Las Vegas. My heart grieves for the loss of a fellow Veteran, lifelong friend, and brother. We will meet again on the high road, and never forgotten

Jimbo May 17 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Steve for years and he always talked about his family with such love and kindness. He absolutely loved being a husband, father and grandfather. He talked about wanting to travel the States in a camper when you retired Michelle. I hope and pray that God's loving arms comfort your family and gives your hearts peace. So sorry for your loss.

Deborah Thomas May 17 2020 12:00 AM

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