Richard Nelson has over 30 years experience in funeral services. He graduated Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL, where he received his degree in Mortuary Science and was licensed as a Funeral Director/Embalmer. He founded Nelson Funeral Home in 1987 and has proudly served his community through the years. Richard has been married 40- years to Gearldine Guin Nelson. They have three children, Jason (Christi) Nelson, Adrienne (Royce) Childers, and Gretchen (Mark) LaForty, and four grandchildren. Richard and Gearldine are members of Fayette First Baptist Church, where Richard was the former Sunday School Teacher and Training Union Director. He is a member of the Gideons International, a Christian Business organization providing Bibles to those who are in need of God's Word.. A former member of Fayette Lions Club. He was the past president of the Fayette Lions Club, and former Fayette County Coroner for 12 years. Richard was awarded by former Governor, Don Siegelman, the Honorary Colonel Award in the Militia of the State of Alabama, having been deemed of meritorious character.