Former Columbus coach, educator Bob Nellums dead at 83

Former Columbus coach, educator Bob Nellums dead at 83

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Longtime educator and former head coach of Columbus High Bob Nellums passed away on Wednesday.

Nellums was a native of Pensacola who played football at Florida State for two seasons. Nellums was an offensive and defensive end who scored 10 touchdowns in his career there, and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1957.

Nellums then went into teaching and coaching, as head football coach at Columbus High from 1983 to 1986. Nellums later became assistant principal at Columbus High and then at Hardaway High School before retiring.

According to his obituary, he is survived by Janie Nellums of Columbus, GA, daughters, Dana Nellums (Steve) of Moultrie, GA, Shelley Newman (Buddy) of Fortson, GA and Allison Sparks (Steve) of Midland, GA, son, John Nellums (Leslee) of Columbus, GA, and eleven grandchildren, Dalton, Lindsay, Hayden, Angela, Kyle, Ryan, David, Charlie, Caroline, Katie, and Maddie.

Flowers will be accepted but those so desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association 7167 Mobley Walk Dr. Columbus, GA, 31904, Alzheimer's Association 5900 River Rd. Suite 301 Columbus, GA 31904 or to Columbus Hospice 7020 Moon Rd. Columbus, GA 31909

He was 83 years old. Funeral services will be held on Sunday.

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