Richard Claude Nelms III

Richard Claude Nelms III

May 15, 1934 — April 5, 2018

Richard Claude Nelms III passed peacefully on his beloved Kingsland ranch Thursday, April 5, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. Born May 15, 1934, he was known by many as “Mike” and “R.C.”

R.C. was an Army veteran, aviator, businessman, and rancher. He loved nature and the outdoors. R.C. was an avid sportsman who enjoyed salt-water fishing, hunting, and gun sports. He was a generous host to all who joined him on his many excursions.

R.C. is survived by his brother Robert “Bob” Nelms, sister-in-law Ellen, and nephew Bobby; his sons, Mike and Todd Nelms; daughter Mechelle Nelms; daughters-in-law Kim and T.J.; and his “extra sons” Scott McAfee and Rick Carrasco; his grandchildren Derrick Nelms, Nichole Griffin and Martin and his great-grand sons, Waylon and Nash Griffin.

A graveside service was held Saturday, April 14, at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery with Johnny Sawyer officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Scott McAfee, Rick Carrasco, Charlie Barton, Martin Griffin, Todd Nelms, and Mike Nelms.
The Nelms Family wishes to recognize the heroic efforts made by the Kingsland and Buchanan Dam Volunteer Fire Department, the Llano Sheriff’s Department, Central Texas Electric Co-op, Bryan Gumbert with Any Time Air & Electric, Mike Mauer, and Audra Parks. To them we are eternally grateful.

Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes Inc., Kingsland, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to

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