Dwight “Buddy” Nelms
Dwight “Buddy” Alburn Nelms, 71, of Hornbeck departed this world after a short courageous battle with cancer in the Sabine Retirement Center in Many on April 4, 2017. Dwight had just moved back to Hornbeck to be near family after having lived in Ocala, Florida for many years. He would have been 72 on April 23. A memorial of his life was held April 9 at First Baptist Church in Hornbeck. Dr. Jack Bell officiated. Burial of the cremains will be held at Mitchell Cemetery at Crystal Springs Baptist Church in Anacoco at a later date. Dwight was the youngest of 10 children born to the late Floyd Marshal Nelms and Agnes Molina VanVeckhoven Nelms in Hornbeck on April 23, 1945. He graduated from Hornbeck High School in 1964. After graduation he entered the air force. Upon leaving the air force, Dwight became a very successful store manager and made that his career until retiring. He always loved visiting with family and friends, enjoyed watching and feeding wildlife especially birds, planting beautiful flowers and vegetables and watching them grow, driving around the countryside looking at God’s beautiful creation, and fishing. Dwight thoroughly enjoyed eating seafood, especially shrimp and crab cakes. He was an avid genealogist and author of seven books covering 19 generations. Dwight was a very softspoken, kind, gentle, generous, compassionate man with a great sense of humor who loved his family and loved and believed in God. During his illness, he wanted and would ask people to pray with and for him. It gave him tremendous comfort. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Marshal Nelms and Agnes Molina VanVeckhoven Nelms; brothers, Everett “Red” Nelms, Floyd Leon Nelms, and Glyn Nelms; sisters, Marie Nelms, Agartha Taylor, and Bertha Savell; and beloved dog, Miss Princess. He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Dixon of Silsbee, Texas, Shirley Byrd of Hagewood, and Verdie Lingenfelter of Shreveport; numerous nieces and nephews who he loved dearly; extended family and friends; and a special friend of 44 years, Robert Martin. Everyone who knew and loved Dwight will miss him deeply.