Lucille (Sowell) Nelson, aged 96, died peacefully on February 4, 2013 at The Bridge at Bay St. Joe Nursing Home in Port St. Joe. Lucille was born August 24, 1916, in Washington County, Florida, the daughter of Bunyon and Bobbie Sowell.
May 8, 1942 Lucille married F. F. Nelson, and upon his completion of military duty they attended Beauty and Barber School in Jacksonville before moving to Port St. Joe in 1948. F. F. went to work at Coopers Barber Shop and Lucille opened the first beauty shop in Port St. Joe named “My Fair Lady”.
Lucille quit work to raise a family and after the children where older she opened a second beauty shop in their home where she could continue to raise her family while working. Lucille was an active member of First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe where she taught Sunday school and volunteered her time in the nursery and children’s programs.
Lucille is survived by her sons Glen Nelson of Port St. Joe and Marshall Nelson and wife Tracie of Port St. Joe; grandson Reis Nelson of Port St. Joe; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Bunyon and Bobbie Sowell of Chipley, FL; two sisters, Beatrice Nichols of Birmingham, AL and Thelma Nichols of Chipley, FL; one brother Buster Sowell of Pensacola, FL; and one grandson Bryce Nelson of Port St. Joe.
Viewing will be at 2 p.m. and service is at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe with Bro. Buddy Caswell officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family in the sanctuary after the service.