Jamie "Wino" Robert Nelson

Friday, April 1, 1966 - Saturday, May 1, 2021

Loved Deeply

Photo of Jamie "Wino" Robert Nelson  - 1966-2021

Canton - James Jamie “Wino” Robert Nelson, age 55, passed away peacefully, Saturday May 1, 2021 in his home. He was surrounded by his family that he loved and a family that loved him back just as much.

He was born April 1, 1966 in Haywood County to Noreen Pless Nelson of Canton and the late James Ray Nelson.  Mr. Nelson honorably served his country in the United States Navy for five years being stationed at the Sasebo, Japan Naval Base. He had been employed as an electrician and his work-related travels took him all throughout the region east of the Mississippi River. Jamie loved the outdoors, and was a great fisherman. A special place dear to his heart was camping at Hurricane Creek where he had made many happy memories with his family. Jamie was proud of his mountain heritage and he was a great fan of classic country music. He loved to dance and when Jamie stepped onto the dance floor, he brought a smile to everyone’s face as he took a partner and square danced the night away.  Jamie loved his family and he often entertained at his home cooking and grilling out - his delicious ribeye steaks were his specialty. “Wino” as he was lovingly called by everyone that knew him, will be deeply missed. We give thanks for the man that he was, and together Jamie and Beth have been blessed with wonderful children that they taught the importance of kindness, fairness and to have great compassion for others. We have lost a man that will never be forgotten and we give thanks for him being such an important part of our lives. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and grandmother, Lewis and Weaverette Pless; and paternal grandfather and grandmother, Bud and Flora Nelson.

Surviving are his loving wife, Beth Patton Nelson; his mother, Noreen Pless Nelson of Canton; his children, Ashley Shelton (Craig Medford) of Canton, Chance Nelson (Marisa Caldwell) of Canton, and Hannah Sanders (Travis Sanders) of Canton; grandchildren, Devon, Elijah, Mason, and Dawson; his sisters, “Queen” Patricia “Sissy” Brooks (Steven), and Crystal Mehaffey; his stepmother, Jan Ramsey; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and his special caregivers, Deb and Rick.

The funeral service to honor and remember the life of Jamie will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Nick Smith will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial with military honors will follow at Piney Grove Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to assist homeless veterans at ABCCM, 20 Twentieth Street, Asheville, NC 28806, or to Piney Grove Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Johnny Woody at 986 Country Club Drive, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Nelson family.



The live stream of the service is available here.




Condolences from family and friends

I’m so sorry for your loss, he was a fun loving man. I know he will be greatly missed. Praying for you guys
Tina tuten
I’m so sorry for your loss, he was a fun loving man. I know he will be greatly missed. Praying for you guys
Tina tuten
My deepest sympathy to Noreen and all of the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Juanita Dixon
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers To all the family!
Ronnie and Martha Whitley
Many of mile traveled together working all over this land. Very sorry for the loss of a great friend. And to his family. Many Prayers.GOD SPEED MY BROTHER.
Larry Ledford
I was so sorry to hear of Jamie passing. One of my favorite cousins. Love and prayers for you all.
Loti Hicks
Beth and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences and prayers to all the family.
Tracy Fletcher White
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for Jamie’s family and friends.
Darlene Pressley
My sincere condolences to Noreen and Nelson Family
Winona Walker
Beth,Chance,Ashley,Hannah,so sorry for loss.Prayers for your whole family.
Randy Sheppard
Sorry for your lost. Prayers for the family. God bless.
Teresa Phillips
Sorry for your loss losing a child is bad
Luther Phillips
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Wino. My condolences to all of his family.
Eddie (Ned) Nelson
I am so sorry. It is hard but remember God was ready for him. Noreen I am so sorry. Call if you want to talk. Love you and you family
Sharon Thompson
I am so very sorry to hear of Wino's passing. So many fun memories of him and then being able to work with Hannah and Chance at school . Beth if you need anything you know we are just up the street. My heart goes out to all of you and Noreen. I love you guys and your in my thoughts and prayers definetly as well as the extended family. May God bless you and wrap his comforting arms around you thru this time. I pray your most wonderful memories bring laughter and smiles to replace the tears I know you hand at this time. ❤ Dawn Hyatt Bill Worley
Dawn W. Hyatt
I am sorry for your loss. Praying fir God’s comfort and strength during this difficult time. Love and Blessings!
Tammy Hall McDowell
Beth, Ashley, Chance and Hannah - I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I send all of you my love❤️
Karen Stanley
So sorry for your loss, I have many great memories of having fun with my ole buddy. Cherish yours, he will be forever missed. Need anything give me a holler.
Roy Allen
Rest in Peace my good friend. You went to soon. Knowledgeable and Personable man. Always ready to help family and friends. Will miss our interesting talks about world travels, food, gardening and fishing. One of the most interesting persons to talk to about any subject have ever known. A Patriot.
Ward McClure
Noreen, Sissy and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Jamie! May God grace you with comfort and strength during this time.
Cheryl Summey
Noreen, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy
Wanda Phillips
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will remain in our prayers in the days to come. Alfie and Cynthia Burnette
Cynthia Burnette
So so sorry for your loss Wino was a great guy and great friend in school all my thoughts and prayers go out to all the family he will be missed dearly.
Greg Thompson
Sissy, we are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers.
Danny and Doris Clark
So sorry for your loss and prayers for your family...just like Gary he will be missed
Kenneth Crowe
So sorry for your loss Loved his dancing. He will be missed by family and friends
Sandy Rector
I'm very sorry to hear of James' passing and your loss. I became friends with James many years ago when we worked together, it saddens me that he's gone. I'll be praying for the family.
Burt hembree
We are praying for your family.
Medea and Danny Sharp
I am very sorry for your loss. I know how much everyone loved him and how much we all Love and respect your your family. My heart and prayers are with you all.
Keeta Nelson Bryson
Beth, Just know that your friendly smile & sweet greetings always meant so much to me. I’m so sorry for your loss but please know my thoughts & prayers are with you & your entire family. With love, Lisa
Lisa Davis