Union loses former pastor and restauranteur Nelson


Union lost a friend and icon last week as Heaven gained a precious soul in the passing of the Rev. Dr. Jack Nelson Jr., retired pastor and long-time restaurant owner here in Union.

As long as I have been in Union, Pastor Nelson and his wife, Sadie, have owned and run S & A Restaurant on North Street. Before that, and before my time in Union, th

ey had another restaurant on Bank Street. My visits to S & A were usually on Wednesday, when they served the best meatloaf ever.

Pastor Nelson would be seated behind the serving line. One of us, whomever got to it first, said, “Meatloaf day!” His sweet wife Sadie would come up from the kitch

en for a greeting and to take my money and give me the drink for my meal, while he served up the meal in a go-container for me. Ms. Sadie plans to keep the restaurant going for as long as she can, with help from family. Pastor Nelson, you will be missed by all.

Belated birthday greetings go out to my son-in-law, Kenny Ellis, who celebrated in Coldwater on the 16th; to Russell Ferguson, on the 17th, Tyson Feed Mill dispatch

er,  who celebrated in the mountains, and Randy Lewis, aka Radio, contract delivery truck driver at Tyson Feed Mill, who is celebrating with a day off work.

I plan to be traveling for Thanksgiving Day, and I urge everyone who will be hitting the roads to drive extra carefully. Getting together for the celebration is great fun and wonderful food always, but it can also be deadly, because of the heavy holiday traffic. Drivers tend to get impatient and do not always practice their best judgement. This is when defensive driving is an absolute necessity. After all, I want you to be able to read my column next week. And every week. Do please be careful.

And remember why we celebrate the day, to remember all the blessings God has given and to express our thanks to Him for them.  And don’t forget to thank the cooks and those that provided their expertise in providing and serving the food.

Black Friday can be almost as dangerous! I would love to know about your purchases and experiences with Black Friday as well as Thanksgiving get-togethers to run in next week’s column. Also, with Thanksgiving past, it is time to start thinking about Christmas and planning celebrations. How about giving me a head’s up on what your plans will be? Yes, folks do love to hear about this stuff, including me.



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