by George Merritt

MOULTON, Ala. (BNc) — Well-known and much loved Gospel minister Hoyt Nelson of Moulton, Ala., died Sept. 25th. He was 81. His wife Gueldine preceded him in death several years earlier. Funeral services were held Sept. 28th in the Hartselle (Ala.) Church of Christ auditorium.

While serving the College Avenue congregation in Enterprise, Ala., in the 1960s and 70s, Hoyt was a driving force in the beginning of Wiregrass Christian Youth Camp at Chancellor, Ala. He remained active in that work the rest of his life. Memorials may be made to this work and sent to Camp Wiregrass, P. O. Box 311072, Enterprise, AL 36331. He also did missionary work throughout the Ukraine, Romania, and the Caribbean.

A graduate of Auburn University, brother Nelson served as editor of a newspaper in Alexander City, Ala., prior to becoming a preacher.

Hoyt’s outgoing personality and big smile endeared him to brethren and townspeople alike everywhere they lived during a 55-year-ministry. He was highly respected for being both sound in doctrine and active in good works.

He is survived by a son, Ken Nelson and wife Bertha of Moulton; a daughter, Monya Deen Claborn and husband Mitch of Athens; four grandchildren, Heath Claborn and wife Mary, Heather Claborn, Ross Nelson and wife Ashley and Rachel Nelson; and three great-grandchildren, McKinley Stack, Mary Catherine Stack and Cade Glasgow.