Gladys Nelson

Obituary of Gladys Nelson

Gladys Virginia Nelson age 74, of Atlantic City, NJ, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, while worshipping at church.

Gladys was born May 20, 1943, in Danville, Virginia to the late Samuel R. Giles and Annie L. Giles. She graduated from John M. Langston High School in 1961. She attended Hampton Institute for 1 year. She was a member of the Youth NAACP and a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); where she participated in many Civil Rights Marches and trained people in the techniques of non-violent demonstrations.  Gladys was among the first group of demonstrators to be arrested during Bloody Monday – June 10, 1963 in Danville, VA; fighting for Civil Rights. Information can be found in several books to include “Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County” and “Southern Stalemate: Five years without Public Education in Prince Edward County Virginia   [Farmville]. 

Gladys moved to Atlantic City in 1964 where she met the love of her life Earl Kermit Nelson. Through that union were born 3 children Carole Michelle Nelson, Earl Kermit Nelson, Jr, and Ronald Kevin Nelson.

She worked at Bradlee’s Department Store for 14 years while she reared her children.

Gladys joined Union Baptist Temple under Christian Experience over 50 years ago and participated in the Mass Choir. 

She is survived by her Brother; Rev. Bro. Samuel Wash Giles. Sisters Annie Marie Washington, Mabel Rebecca Giles-Doggett. Children: Carole Michelle Nelson, Earl K. Nelson Jr. (Tanya Nelson) from Atlantic City, NJ, Ronald K. Nelson (Rachel L. Nelson) Gambrills, MD. Grandchildren: Dorten Bivens (Lancaster, PA) Arianna G. Nelson, Nadia J. Nelson, and Rylee A. Nelson (Gambrills, MD).  She is also survived by a host of uncles, aunts, In-Laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends that will miss her deeply. 

Funeral services will be 11AM, Saturday, July 1, 2017, Union Baptist Temple, Pennsylvania & Drexel Avenues, Atlantic City, NJ where friends may call from 9AM.

Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.