Charles Randall Nelms Jr., MD, FACS was born on September 14, 1939 in Kingsport, Tennessee, to CR and Jane Dickinson Nelms. He died peacefully on Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Pinehurst, just about two months before his 60th wedding anniversary (August 5, 1961). His parents preceded him in death; and his little granddaughter Ashlyn Morgan McCabe.
He is survived by his fourth grade sweetheart (Kara) Gretchen (Goerdel); and children, Kara Elizabeth Ferril (Byron), from Amarillo, Texas, Dr. Wendy Marion Nelms McCabe (Eric), of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, and Dr. Jennifer Lynn Cutter, from Cincinnati, Ohio. Surviving grandchildren include Kayla Elizabeth Lloyd (fiancé, Mitchell Norman), Nicholas Randall Lloyd (Elizabeth), Cullen Austin, Devlin Alexander, and Cashlin Abigail McCabe; Brother, Frank Dickinson Nelms (Farris); Nephews and nieces, Frank Nelms (Susan), David Nelms (Leigh), Preston Nelms (Ashley), Beth Pierce (Jon), John “Trey” Hill III (Ross Ann), Karl Hill, Kevin Hill (Beata), Robert Hill ; Kimberly Neas (Michael), Kathie Cashion, and Hank Dunning (Susan); as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Dr. Nelms grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, and later took Minnesota Hillbilly as the CB handle for his many family outings. He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1957 and from Davidson College in 1961, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He graduated from UT Medical School in Memphis in December 1964, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, an honorary medical society. He completed his internship and his ENT specialist training in 1970 at the University of Minnesota. He served two years in the Air Force as a major at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb. After completing his military service, he returned to the Twin Cities practicing ENT and head and neck surgery for 27 years. He served two terms as President of the Ramsey County Medical Society and two terms as President of the Minnesota Medical Association. He held two patents relating to ENT, the Nelms Elevator and the Earbear Otoscope. He learned downhill skiing in the Twin Cities and enjoyed skiing with his family in Colorado, camping, canoeing and golfing. He attended all four golf majors as a spectator, some more than once. Greg Norman nailed him in the thigh on hole 6 of Hazeltine National in the 1990s. He was an accomplished athlete who completed numerous marathons, triathlons, Birkebiener and an Ironman and finished first in his age group. In the early 1990s he did an MBA at what was then the College of St. Thomas and even took piano lessons for a few years. He retired to Pinehurst in 1999 and continued to play golf a lot. He was proud to have won the Couples Club Championships at three different clubs (North Oaks Golf Club, Pinewild Country Club and Pinehurst Super Senior Division). He’s had five holes-in-ones in his life. He loved traveling and visited six continents. He also traveled to visit his daughters and grandchildren to see / support their various sports and activities
The family thanks the carers from Comfort Keepers and those in the Hospice House. Monuments can be placed at FirstHealth Hospice House, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.