Published 1:08 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cordele – Jacqueline Odom Nelson, 90, of Cordele, Georgia, passed away November 4, 2016.

Jackie was born June 1, 1926, in Atlanta, Georgia to Ben and Rowena Odom.  She was a graduate of the University of Georgia where she was a member of Phi Beta Phi Sorority, and there she also met her husband, Ed Nelson. They lived in Atlanta, where Jackie taught kindergarten before they retired to Cordele, Georgia. There, she was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church and the Sara Wiley Sunday School Class. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Crisp Regional Hospital and generally lifted the spirits of people she met with her with determined optimism and curiosity about all things.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her sister, Joyce Odom Christianson, and her grandson J.P. Barge.

She is survived by her four children, Susan (John) Barge of Cordele Ga., Ben (Bonnie) Nelson of Canton, Ga., Ed (Cheryl) Nelson of Bay Minette, Ala., and Peggy (Paul) Craig of Edmonds, Wa., eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 6, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the home of Susan and John Barge, and funeral services will be at Hughes and Wright Funeral Home on Monday, November 7, at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to Reflections Hospice at 202 East 4th Ave, Cordele, GA 31015 or a charity of choice.