Harrell Funeral Home of Austin
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AUSTIN TX 78745
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Nelson Joseph Gatewood, Jr., a loving son, brother, and friend, passed away on April 25, 2023, in Kyle, Texas, due to complications of kidney failure. Born on January 7, 1965, in Oceanside, California, Nelson was a kind, intelligent, and thoughtfu... Read More
Nelson Joseph Gatewood, Jr., a loving son, brother, and friend, passed away on April 25, 2023, in Kyle, Texas, due to complications of kidney failure. Born on January 7, 1965, in Oceanside, California, Nelson was a kind, intelligent, and thoughtful person who touched the lives of many.
Nelson was the cherished son of Nelson Joseph Gatewood, Sr., and Earline Magdalene Gatewood. He grew up in a loving and supportive family, alongside his brother Phillip and sister. Nelson's family played a significant role in shaping the person he became, and he held a deep love for them throughout his life.
A proud 1984 graduate of El Camino High School in Oceanside, California, Nelson continued his education at Palomar College, where he earned an associate's degree. His pursuit of knowledge and passion for learning were evident in his academic achievements and the many interests he pursued throughout his life.
Nelson's professional journey began in the California Aerospace Industry, where he worked from 1990 to 2002. In 2002, he moved to Austin, Texas, and continued his career working for various Texas state agencies until 2018, when health issues forced him to step back from his professional pursuits. Despite these challenges, Nelson remained determined to contribute to his community and found a new role at Goodwill Industries in Kyle, where he worked for the past year and a half.
Throughout his life, Nelson's interests were as diverse as they were numerous. He loved spending time with his family, whether it was sharing a meal or simply enjoying each other's company. Nelson was an avid reader, always eager to explore new ideas and perspectives through the written word. He also enjoyed dancing, a passion that brought joy and energy to any gathering. A talented cook, Nelson took great pleasure in cooking out and sharing his culinary creations with friends and loved ones.
Nelson's kindness, intelligence, and thoughtfulness were qualities that endeared him to all who knew him. He had a unique ability to connect with people, offering a listening ear and a compassionate heart to those in need. His genuine interest in the well-being of others made him a cherished friend and confidant to many.
Nelson was preceded in death by his parents and sister. Left to cherish his memory are Phillip Gatewood Sr., Sandy Peters, Anthony Holder, Carmen Holder, Hailey Holder, Amy Holder, Rick Gatewood, Andrea Gatewood, Lamont Gatewood, Phillip Gatewood Jr, Stephanie Gatewood, Gabriella Gatewood, Messiah Gatewood, Elijah Gatewood, Liyanna Gatewood, Phillip Gatewood III, Bradley Alexander, Leah Alexander, Ashley Gatewood, Terray Gatewood and a close-knit circle of friends who will miss him dearly. His memory will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know and love him.
A celebration of Nelson's life will be held at the home of his brother, Phillip Gatewood - 401 Broken Spoke Dr., Kyle, TX 78640 on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
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