Nellie Maxine Boyett Wilson

Published 9:58 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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Nellie Maxine Boyett Wilson passed away Monday, August 29th following a gradual decline in her health. She was 90 years old.

The family will receive friends for a visitation from 11:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Wednesday, September 7th at East Hill Baptist Church, where she was a longtime member. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon, with Pastor Dan Sowell officiating. The concluding service will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Nellie was born April 15, 1932, in Climax, Ga., to Harvey Onzlow and Lillie Musgrove Boyett. While growing up in South Georgia she met her husband, affectionally known as B-John, during high school. Although small in stature she was mighty on the Climax High School basketball team. After high school, Nellie ventured up to Washington D.C. where she worked for the Federal Government until she and B-John wed. She and B-John founded Wilson Gas Company and ran it together for many years. She later went on to help her son operate Stephen Wilson Gas Company.

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Nellie loved going to her lake house on Lake Talquin and entertaining family and friends with fish fries and get-togethers. She also enjoyed making a home for she and her husband in the house they bought in the Havana Country Club area. For 30 years Nellie was able to garden to her hearts content and was so proud when she was awarded “Yard of the Month”. The simple beauty of the changing of the leaves in the Smokies and flowers of any kind made her happy. She could tell you the name of almost any plant or flower.

Traveling the world over with her husband and best friends, Steve and Chrystine Dobson, the four also enjoyed spending their weekends at the farm. Chrystine and Nellie were known to shop until their cars couldn’t hold anything more. As the owner of Nell’s Christmas House in Havana she loved all things Christmas and sparkly. She loved her Hallmark movies and her Florida State Seminoles. She and B-John were Seminole Boosters since the stadium had wooden bleachers and very few victories.

As the matriarch of her family, she loved entertaining, decorating and cooking for all the holidays. She loved her family fiercely and if she loved you, you knew it. Nellie enjoyed keeping her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spoiled them as much as she could. We will miss her fruitcake cookies, white acre peas, coconut cakes, and most of all the love that she put into making them. If you knew her you were fortunate, as she was the very definition of a true Southern Christian woman. She now joins the Lord that she loved so much and the many family members and friends that she has missed so much. In true southern fashion, and like Julia Roberts, Nellie’s signature color was pink and her funeral will be dawned in “blush” and “bashful” in her honor.

Survivors include two daughters, Marsha Wilson Long (Danny) and Rhonda Wilson Causseaux (Tom); her grandchildren, Stephanie Dobson Webster (Stephen), Christopher Thomas Causseaux (Julia) and Konnor Parker Wilson; her great-grandchildren, Payton Sherrod Usina, Georgia Caroline Usina, Kendall Grace Webster, Layla Belle Causseaux and Landon Thomas Causseaux.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Leon Arthur (B-John) Wilson; her parents; her son, Stephen Darrell Wilson; siblings, Carson Boyett, Onzlow Boyett, Edwin Boyett, Carroll Boyett, Jimmy Boyett, Willie Gus Williams, Imogene Price and Terrell Nesmith; and grandson, Stephen Sherrod Dobson IV.

Rocky Bevis and Kelly Barber of Bevis Funeral Home (850-385-2193 or are assisting the Wilson family with their arrangements.