Barbara Nelson

Barbara Joan Nelson

Thursday, February 6th, 1936 - Thursday, February 4th, 2021
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Barbara Joan Nelson, 84, passed away on February 4, 2021. She was born on February 6, 1936 in Pensacola, Florida to Thelma (Lewis) and Coley Knowles.

She and her husband Douglas lived in Dallas for many years before retiring to the local area. Joan loved to play poker and she was an avid bowler. She would travel often to bowling tournaments and bowled with Earl Anthony, Mark Roth, and Dick Webber.

Joan was preceded in death by: her husband, Doug Nelson; her twin sister, Dorothy “Jean” Baysinger; and her brother, Jerrold Knowles.

Survivors include her sisters, Joyce Knowles Witham and Carol “June” Padgett; nephews: Barry Witham, Charles Little (Cindy), Randy Padgett (Leanna) and Mark Padgett (Angie); and nieces: Cheryl Little, Sheila Knowles Schulz, Sharron Knowles Shelley, and Donna Strouse (Phil), and her beloved furbaby, Bear.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 13, 2021.
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    Saturday, February 13th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 13th, 2021 11:00am
    Trahan Family Funeral Home, Milton
    6539 Trammel Drive
    MILTON, FL 32570
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Britta Angermuller

Posted at 05:20pm
Joan and Jean were the best. Joan I met playing poker and she had class and smarts. Joan had one of the best poker faces. I continued our friendship when poker stopped. Loved the twins.


Posted at 02:07am
You and Tim took me in when I desperately needed parents. You gave me love like I had never known, you rescued me. You cared for me and helped me find a new direction, and for that I am eternally grateful I had you for a Mom... I love and miss you very much. Cheryl

P.S. Bear is enjoying his new lifestyle but every once in a while he gets solemn, and I know he's missing you.

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