CAMILLA -- Walter Brown Nevels, 93, of Sale City, died Monday, March 26, 2012 at Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Hand Memorial United Methodist Church in Pelham with interment in Sale City Cemetery.

Rev. Michael Finn and Rev. Lynn Roberts will officiate.

Born July 29, 1918 in Moultrie, GA, Mr. Nevels was the son of the late Bonnie and Carrie Williams Nevels. He was also preceded in death by one son, John Nevels; two sisters, Elma Amason and Grace Aderhold and two brothers, Fred Nevels and Lewis Nevels.

Mr. Nevels was a graduate of Sale City High School, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, University of Georgia, and Ohio State University.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agriculture from the University of Georgia and a Master of Arts degree in Wildlife Management from Ohio State University.

During Mr. Nevels' final quarter at the University of Georgia, he was drafted into the Army. According to University records, when he was called up on June 26, 1941, he was the first student drafted from UGA. He served with the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Military Police in Atlanta, Georgia, North Africa, France, Germany, Philippines, and Japan. He received numerous service awards during his time in the military.

Mr. Nevels was employed with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service for twenty-five years and worked in numerous counties in Georgia. He retired as State Wildlife Biologist in 1980. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church for many years. Mr. Nevels was also an active member of the Lions Club and served on the city council in Sale City, GA.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Gladys Dailey Nevels of Atlanta; three children, Doris Hall and husband, Emmett, of Monroe, GA, Nancy Wilkins and husband, Ted, of Marietta, GA, and Robert Nevels of Alpharetta, GA; daughter-in-law, Renee Nevels of Jesup, GA; six grandchildren, Jim, Megan, and Drew Wilkins, Tyler and Brooke Nevels, and Alex Nevels; and two sisters, Sara Richey and Alice Nevels.

Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home in Camilla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hand Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 424, Pelham, GA 31779 or the Sale City Fire Department, P. O. Box 51, Sale City, GA 31784.

Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

To sign the online guest registry, visit our website at www.parkerbramlett.com.

Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home

Camilla 229/336-5111

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