Largo, FL — Nelson Bernard Newby, age 72, peacefully returned to Our Lord and Savior on May 30, 2018 at Largo Medical Center.
Nelson is survived by his wife, Kimberle, son Timothy (Tara) Newby, Grandson Alex Newby, Sister Doris (Newby) Higdon, brother Howard Newby and is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Eileen Newby and his sister Elnora (Newby) Wilson.
Nelson was born in Hartsburg, IL in 1945 the son of Lee and Eileen Newby where he grew up and spent his childhood years. He graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School in 1963. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served from 1968 – 1969. Upon returning from the war, he resumed working in Bloomington, IL selling pianos and organs.
In November 1977, Nelson and his family moved to Florida where he began his career as owner of Central Music. As a Rodgers Instruments and Fratelli Ruffatti Dealer providing digital and pipe organs, his ministry of music to churches from California, to Florida, to the Caribbean Islands has been greatly enhanced. He loved the church, the church music and had a special passion for the organ. Nelson was a member of St.John’s Lutheran Church in Hartsburg, IL and most recently became a member of Anona United Methodist Church in Largo, FL.
Nelson was a larger-than-life personality with an infectious sense of humor, as friends and family will attest. He cherished his friends and their friendship all the way back to childhood and will be greatly missed by everyone.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 12 from 5:00- 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Both will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hartsburg, IL. He will be interred with a Military Honor Guard immediately following the funeral at Hartsburg Union Cemetery.
Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home has been entrusted with his care. After the interment, there will be a luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
There will also be a Celebration of Life Service in Florida on Friday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Anona United Methodist, 13233 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, FL 33774.
Flowers may be sent to St. John’s Lutheran or Anona United Methodist Church. If you prefer, memorials may be sent to the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. In the Memo line state “In memory of Mr. Nelson Newby – Cancer Support Group”.
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Attn: Voluntary Service (135)
PO Box 5005
Bay Pines, FL 33744