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Milton Owens Nelson
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M. Owens Nelson, M.D., age 71, husband of Diane Martin Nelson, died at his home on Edisto Island, SC surrounded by family on May 2, 2018. Owens was raised by his parents, Elizabeth “Sugie” Nelson and Milton Nelson, Sr. in St. Matthews, SC.
He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1973. He finished his medical training in hematology and oncology at the University of Kentucky, where he worked as an attending physician for several years before going into private practice.
Dr. Nelson founded Bluegrass Hematology Oncology in Lexington and practiced until 1998, was a founding member of Hospice of the Bluegrass, and volunteered his time at several charity medical clinics in Lexington. He was a devoted member of Faith Lutheran Church.
In addition to his loving wife, Owens is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Owens Nelson-Cooke (John Cooke), Heather Anne Proffitt, and Diana Jane Workman. He is also survived by six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Cornelia Hane (Shay) along with his niece, nephew, and their families.
Visitation 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 with funeral service to follow at 6 pm. Private entombment the next day. A memorial service in Edisto Island will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to one's favorite charity.
Reppert Funeral Home (Berea, KY) entrusted with arrangements.

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Faith Lutheran Church

1000 Tates Creek Road
Lexington, KY 40502

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6:00 PM
Faith Lutheran Church

1000 Tates Creek Road
Lexington, KY 40502

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Berea Cemetery

500 Oak Grove Court
Berea, KY 40403

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