Roger Nelson, early on, seemed to be destined to be in the funeral home business. The youngest of six siblings, Roger was given his name from one chosen from a tombstone in a cemetery by his older sisters.
“I suppose this is my destiny,” Nelson said, “seeing how my sisters arrived at naming me.”
Nelson, Floyd County Coroner, began the business in 1971. He credits Bill Calihan and Larry Burke as being his mentors. The funeral home's motto, “Our family caring for your family,” rings true in every sense of the words. For “family” can be seen in nearly every room and aspect of the business.
“Holding steadfast to family traditions, like we're use to here in the mountains,” Nelson says, contributes to his growing and continually expanding funeral home business.
Both Nelson and his wife, Sandy, are funeral directors. “I never dreamed I'd be in this business," Sandy said. “But when we lost our first child, a daughter, I wanted to be able to help people in their time of loss, like I had experienced,” she continued.
All three children have joined the family business Roger Gene Nelson II and Gregory Nelson and Christina Nelson-Goble, are also licensed funeral directors, and embalmers.
The Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home originally began in a two-story building that quickly grew to its newer and more enlarged Martin location found today. And, not only the city of Martin but that of Hindman, also, are now other locations for the family owned and operated business. Additionally, another expansion to the family business is the Nelson Monument Company.
The Nelsons are quick to give praise to their extended staff which includes: Chuck Hall, Amy Campbell Nelson, Jeremiah Swiger, James Rose, Betsy Nelson, Cory Watson, Seth Amburgey, Ballard Jones, Debbie Prater, Regina Mosley, Kennith Gayheart, Shirley Shepherd, Roger Rowe, Kermit Short, Mike Fitzpatrick, James Mosley and Seth Bentley.
In your time of need, Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home truly can be found to be a neighboring and sympathetic “Family Caring for your Family”!
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