December 1, 2020

Mr. Hugh Nelms

Mr. Hugh Daniel Nelms, age 79 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at the Emory Mid Town Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Funeral services for Mr. Nelms were conducted on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Stutts Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Tom Lipham and Mark Williams officiating. Music was provided by Joan Brazeal and Ricky Gore.

Those serving as pallbearers were Ricky George, Randy George, Ricky Adams, Rick Embrey, Fred Harcrow, and Todd Turner. Honorary pallbearers were Johnathon Nelms, Aidan Nelms, Wayne Sanders, Shane Sanders, and Robbie Bussey. The interment followed in the Salem Church Cemetery.

Mr. Nelms was born in Franklin, Georgia on November 8, 1934, the son of the late Barbara Christine Daniel Nelms and Harvey Hugh Nelms. He was a faithful member of the Salem Church.

On April 27, 1956 Mr. Nelms married the love of his life Ruby Jackson and they lived happily together for fifty-eight years. He served his country honorably in the United States Army in the European Theater in Germany following the Korean Conflict as a member of Company “C” Armed Infantry B.N. from 1955-1957. He then worked for almost ten years at the American Can Company in Newnan, Georgia.

When a job with the Heard County Schools Maintenance Department became available Mr. Hugh jumped at the chance. This enable him to be with his family more, and serve the children of the county he so loved for thirty-three years.

A pat on the back, or an encouraging word from “Mr. Hugh” meant the world to all of the children who loved and appreciated his hard work. He enjoyed working on his farm, especially in the hay fields. Planting and harvesting times were a highlight of his year.

For many years he served as a handler for the Max Maxwell Auction Company in Carrollton, Georgia. Even though his work ethic left little time for frolicking, he had a love for fishing and enjoyed not only catching them but seeing them come to visit when he fed them. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Ruby Nelms; one daughter, Eileen Harcrow (Neil); one son, Robert Nelms (Connie); grandchildren Johnathon Nelms (Jennifer) and Chancey Nelms; great-grandchildren, Aidan Nelms, Johnathon Nelms, II., Ashlyn and Alex Summerlin; step-grandchildren, Brandi Wilkins (Patrick), Johnny Harcrow, and Anthony Mashburn; nieces and nephews, Christa Lohr, Donald Nelms, and Keith Jackson, all of Franklin, Georgia.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Donnie Nelms. and one great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Nelms.

Those who wish can make memorial donations to the Salem Church in Franklin, Georgia.

Due to the ill health of Mrs. Nelms the family respectfully requests no house calls. Those who wish can deliver food to Mr. Nelms son’s home at 151 Judy Road, Franklin, Georgia.

Memorial tributes can be written at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.


  1. james russell says

    mr hugh will be missed by a lot of people he always had a smile on his face and he treated me with respect and i never heard him say anything bad about anyone we love you and mrs ruby and hope that she will be okay

  2. Katherine Solis says

    I will miss him. When I was a kid he was always so nice. Wish I could be there to pay my respects but I live too far away. RIP Mr. Nelms.

  3. Mr.Hugh will be missed by many. Thank you Mr. Hugh for so many good rides on the bus, not that Ms. Ruby couldn’t handle the bus because she could, just not when we got caught in the snow.
    Thank you Ms. Ruby for sharing Mr. Hugh with so many of us.

  4. Ruby, may God be with you and your family as you grieve the loss of one so precious to you. I pray you will feel God’s presence, love, strength, comfort, and peace in the days ahead. I still have memories of you and Hugh as sweethearts back in the days of Centralhatchee High. What a sweet, loving couple you have always been. Blessings and Peace, Jo Croom

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