Nelson Carey, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Nelson Carey, Jr.

May 2, 1932 - January 15, 2022

Nelson Carey, Jr., affectionately known as “Pop” and “Junior,” age 89, of New Castle, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Born in Hockessin, DE on May 2, 1932, he was the son of the late Nelson and Mary (Clough) Carey, Sr. Nelson worked as a machinist at Electric Hose and Rubber. He later made his career as an auto mechanic for the State Highway Department, Bruce Industrial Company and Industrial Lift Truck Company, retiring in 1998. Active in his community, Nelson was a member of the New Castle Moose Lodge, First State Campers, Delaware Rolling Wheels and a lifetime member at Airport Speedway.

Mr. Carey was full of life and enjoyed the company of others and helping everyone. In his leisure time, he enjoyed dancing, camping, car shows, auctions, restoring classic vehicles and telling stories of his life experiences.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years of marriage, Elsie M. (Zebley) Carey; great grandson, Memphis Wegman; and sister, Betty Griffith. He is survived by his children, Diane Brooks of Wilmington, John N. Carey (Dee) of Elkton, MD, Mary Ellen Graham (Leroy) of New Castle and Deborah J. Wegman (Chuck) of Elkton, MD; wife, Sandra L. (Lawter) Barber; nephew, Donald Griffith; 9 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 1 great great granddaughter.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  A second visitation will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the funeral home, where a funeral service will begin at 10:30 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of their vaccination status. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nelson’s memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 669, New Castle, DE 19720.

Thank you to Bayada Hospice for the care they gave to him.


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19 Condolences for Nelson Carey, Jr.

  • Love and miss u pops

  • Debbie I am so sorry for your loss please know my my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you LuAnn

  • Nelson (Jr.) was a special person, I will always remember the kindness when I loss my husband, they had so many memories together, I am sure they are together again; my prayers to the family, Mrs. Eleanor (Bayard) Swift

  • We are all going to miss you Pop , I know mommom Carey was dancing in the sky waiting on you. May you RIP your going to be dearly missed by all.

  • We were saddened to hear that Uncle Nelson passed away. No matter how long our parents live, it’s never long enough.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Uncle Nelson was one of a kind. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and sending hugs to each of you.
    The Busby’s
    Jeff, Lynn, and Cody

  • Johnny, Diane, Mary Ellen and Debbie
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He was such a nice man. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all.

    Linda (Griffin), Bonnie & Stephanie Jester

  • So sorry for the loss of Nelson Carey. I remember him from the Airport Speedway. Spent many Saturdays. He was a good man. He will be missed alot

  • My love, and prayers are with you all.Pat Jones or mom or grandma

  • So sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly. He was a friendly & sociable neighbor. He lived a wonderful life. No more pain or tears. He is dancing in joy now. We probably will not be able to attend any of the visiting/services. Mom is on hospice as well and has aids/nurses regularly for care. Our prayers are with all of you for comfort in your loss.

  • Another great one is now in heaven. He will surely be missed. Love and comfort to you all.

  • Sorry for your familys’ loss. R.I.P.

  • dallas and dorothy bolen,. we are so sorry to hear of nelson’s passing. he was such a good friend to us and dallas said he was like a father to him. May God bless all of his family and friends

  • Eternal rest grant unto him Dear Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed Rest In Peace. Amen

  • Mary, our thoughts and prayers and with you and your family during this difficult time. We cannot begin to imagine the pain and heartache you are going through. We love you. Prayers of peace.

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Carey’s passing. He was such a nice man and always had kind words for everyone. I have such great memories of Mr. and Mrs. Carey from Wesley Chapel in DuRoss Heights. May he rest in peace.

  • My prayers to each one of you. Nelson was the kindest loving friend. We will keep him alive in our hearts and we remember wonderful cherished memories with him. I loved his sweet disposition.
    Donna Halliday and Ron Smith

  • Sandy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Nelson was such a sweetheart, he will be missed by many. Prayers for peace and comfort offered up. 🙏🏻💞🙏🏻💞🙏🏻

  • so sad to hear the passing of nelson he was always ready to help someone in need. he will be missed

    sandy, chris, karen and ashley callaway martin