Hon. T. Boye Nelson, Sr.
Nelson, Lape, Karr, Boima, Sackie and Kemokai
families announce with profound regret the passing
of their patriarch, His Excellency, the Honorable
Ambassador T. Boye Nelson, Sr. This sad event
occurred at his home in Monrovia, Liberia on Wednesday,
December 21, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Boye Nelson, Sr., was born on November 21, 1930,
in the village of Picnecess in Grand Kru County
(then Maryland County) to the union of Peter Gbae
Nelson and Nyesnah Nelson. He spent his early
years in Picnecess, and his formative academic
years in the Ghanaian cities of Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi,
where his father, a traveling businessman, had
moved the family for economic reasons. He returned
to Liberia prior to his 19th birthday in 1949.
Boye Nelson, Sr., served his country for a little
more than a half a century in a number of senior
level executive positions. He began his career
as a member of the first graduating class of the
Liberian National Police Force in the early 1950's.
He would eventually serve as a Special Assistant
to the Director of the National Police Force.
His stellar service in that capacity led President
William V.S. Tubman to appoint him to the post
of Deputy Director of the Executive Action Bureau
(E.A.B.), at the behest of then Director, Nathanial
Baker. He would later assume the Directorship
of said bureau upon the passing of Mr. Baker.
the mid 1970's, President William R. Tolbert directed
Mr. Nelson to devise a plan to streamline the
security infrastructure of Liberia. The result
was the merger of several security concerns (including
the Executive Action Bureau and the National Bureau
of Investigation - N.B.I.) into a single cohesive
entity -- the National Security Agency (N.S.A.).
He would lead the agency as its Director until
mid 1979, when President Tolbert promoted him
to the cabinet level position of National Security
the governmental change in 1980, Head of State
Samuel K. Doe appointed Mr. Nelson to the post
of Ambassador-at-Large, and charged him with the
responsibility of designing and maintaining the
security systems for all of the Liberian missions
abroad. In 1986, then President Doe appointed
him Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary to
the Republic of Ghana, a position he held until
1992 when he requested early retirement.
the onset of the Third Republic in 1997, President
Charles G. M. Taylor appointed Ambassador Nelson
to the post of Ambassador to the state of Israel,
but he turned down the honor for health reasons,
remarking that "the rigors of an ambassadorship
require a level of vigor that he no longer possessed".
He would accept an unpaid consulting position
as Special Advisor to the Director of National
Security and the full Executive Branch. He held
that position until early 2002, when poor health
forced him into permanent retirement. In addition
to English, he spoke Kru, his native tongue, and
the Gan language of Ghana.
Nelson leaves to mourn his loss his wife of thirty-six
years, Mrs. Selina Garmai Nelson, twelve children
(including Eleanor Munah Nelson-Karr, Regina Tarlorh
Nelson, Christian Kofa "Nokofo" Nelson,
Sophie Tete Nelson-Boimah, Oretha Jugbeh Nelson,
Geide-de Nelson, Thomas Boye (T. Boye) Nelson,
Jr., Andrew Forkay Nelson and Charles Sonpon Nelson),
twenty-two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two brothers, George Doyen
Nelson and Blamoh Nelson (Senator-elect, Grand
Kru County) two sisters, Elizabeth Nelson and
Munah Nelson (a third sister Tarlorh Nelson, predeceased
him in October of 2005), several children he reared
(including Henry Geazi Lape, Weedor Pluvah Lape-Sackie,
James Flomo Geazi and Evangeline Musu Askie-Kemokai
), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and
extended family members across West Africa, Europe
and the Americas.
Funeral services are slated for Saturday,
January 14 at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church
in Monrovia, with interment to follow at the Tweh
Farm Cemetery on Bushrod Island in greater Monrovia.
May his soul rest in permanent peace.
extended family greatly appreciates the expressions
of sympathy that have been accorded thus far and
invite well wishers to contact them at the postal
addresses, numbers and electronic mailing address
the United States:
17937 Skymeadow Way
Sandy Spring, MD 20860-1032
The Nelson Family Compound
Caldwell Junction, Bushrod Island, Monrovia
Mrs. Selina Garmai Nelson - 011-231-6-599451 (Liberia)
Sen. Blamoh Nelson - 011-231-6-512519 (Liberia)
Thomas Boye Nelson, Jr. - (301)260-1271 (h), (301)806-8461
Christian Kofa "Nokofo" Nelson - 301-367-8067
Henry and Annie Lape - 301- 228-2257 (h)
Preston and Eleanor Nelson-Karr - 763-780-5479
Sophie Tete Nelson-Boimah - 770-477-5379 (h)
James and Weedor Lape-Sackie - 617-232-8523
Andrew Forkay Nelson - 240-533-7355 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Sonpon Nelson - 011-231-6-541211 (Liberia)