Claude Nelms


Claude was a long-time resident of Columbus, Ohio, who went home to be with the Lord on October 3, 2020, at the age of 57. Claude was born on July 9, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama to father, Willie and mother, Eddie Nelms.

Growing up, Claude enjoyed spending quality time with his brothers, sisters, and cousins. He was always the life of the party and could put a smile on anyone’s face; he always tried to be a peacemaker. He loved to laugh and dance, and always made the best out of every situation. There was not anyone quite like Claude Nelms, he will forever be cherished and deeply missed.

Claude is preceded in death by his father, Willie Nelms; and mother, Eddie Nelms; and brothers, Bryant Nelms and Tony Jackson.

Claude is survived by his children, Joseph Berry, Nijha Nelms, Jasmine Nelms, Jason Nelms, Javonestiney Nelms, Nico Nelms, and Mariah Nelms; 12 grandchildren; siblings, Olivia Francine, Willie Jr., Beverly, Vincent, Elbert, Larry, Rickey, Terry, Darryl, and Kenyette; bonus mother, Vera Jackson; aunt, Olivia Blankenship; special friend, Sharia McCrary; and a host of family, friends, and loved ones, who will miss him dearly.

Public Visitation 12:00pm Saturday, October 10, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Gracie Blankinship Epting...MISSISSIPPI

    I’m so sorry for your loss.Praying for strength through our LORD and SAVIOR. Claude was like a nephew to me always full of life. God’s BLESSINGS to you all

  2. Jimmy Wadlington

    My Condolences To The Family An Friends I Am Praying For Healing Comfort and Peace

  3. TO – Claude’s Loved Ones:
    I’m sorry about Claude’s passing. My Prayer is that precious memories will help to sustain us all.
    Cousin Barbara -Auburn. AL

  4. Brenda C. Jennings-Burrell

    My sincerest condolences to the Nelms family and friends. May God keep you all in his grace and mercy during this most difficult time of your life. Psalm 30:5: Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. It may not be tomorrow morning, a week from now, a month from now but trust and believe it, God will see you all through this.

  5. Rest In Peace

  6. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    I am praying that God gives you extra comfort right now and in the hard days ahead as you grieve for Claude

  7. There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. No doubt you have made fond memories which will resurface from time to time. May those memories and God’s words in the Bible bring you some measure of comfort. Truly sorry for your loss.

  8. We spent some of the most memorable parts of our lives TOGETHER my brother. For years we rode by each others side. Ill miss you O.G………
    God bless and my most heart felt condolences to family and friends. Much much love……

  9. To claude Family and Friends. You have my condolences of your loved one passing. I met him a few times due to him being my grandchildren grandfather and what a funny and nice guy he was. I know he will be missed by many. R.I.P.

  10. As Claude would always say Miss Roxanne

    My condolences to the entire nelms family. Have known Claude and then nelms family for 20 years. Sending prayers and big hugs to everyone

  11. Y condolences to the family. Sorry for your loss. Praying for you all ❤️

  12. Our condolences to the family. So sorry about this very hard loss. Praying for you all’s strength in God to help through this very difficult moment in life. Keep the faith. The Berry Family

  13. Marquis Farmer & Entire Farmer Family

    My Condolences & Utmost Heartfelt Prayers goes up & out to Claude & the entire Nelms Family

  14. I love you uncle Claude

  15. My condolences to the family.

  16. My condolences goes out to all the family and friends of Claude you will forever be missed and never forgotten love always Rose

  17. Elena Moore (Nelms)

    Uncle Claude, I didn’t say it enough while you were here. But, I love you and will miss you until I leave this earth. The Nelms family just won’t be the same without you, your smile, your jokes and your positivity. My deepest condolences and love to Unk’s children; Joey, Nijha, Jazzmine, Jason, Nico, Javonhestiney, Mariah and the entire Nelms family.

  18. Janice Scott Frazier

    Olivia, you have my deepest sympathy.

  19. My condolences to Claude’s family. Claude was my friend in my time of need. I always thought I would see you tomorrow. Tomorrow has been 10 + years. Please stay close to Keon(RIP)
    Carmen & Family

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