William Roi Nelson


William Roi Nelson, 66, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at McAlester Regional Health Center.
His life will be celebrated with a memorial service on Wednesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Brumley-Mills Chapel with Dr. Matt Judkins officiating, followed by an informal time of fellowship of family and friends.
Roi Nelson was born on September 29, 1952, in McAlester, the son of Dr. LeRoi Elwyn and Annette (Hennen) Nelson. Roi grew up in the First Presbyterian Church where he was part of the youth group and the boy scouts. He attended Will Rogers Elementary School, McAlester Junior High School, and graduated from McAlester High School with the Class of 1970.
Roi enjoyed sports and played little league baseball, then in high school was the leading player on the golf team.
He attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
After graduation he worked at a men's wear store in Oklahoma City before going to work for Firestone Corp. in their credit department.
Roi then had the opportunity to return to McAlester when the First National Bank hired him as a teller. That's when he realized he enjoyed the banking business and made a long career of it. He went to work as a loan officer and vice-president at The Bank, NA until he was transferred to Stillwater to be the president of The Bank NA of Stillwater, where he stayed for several years.
He continued his education in banking by graduating from the Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking in 1986.
Roi was a very social person and the banking business was a good fit for him. In 1990, he and Debbie Fluegel were married. They returned to McAlester in 2000, where Roi was hired as director and executive vice-president of First National Bank.
In 2004, Wanda Bass and Bruce Hall, chairman and chief executive officer, respectively, appointed Roi as president of First National Bank. Then in June, 2006, Roi was appointed CEO.
Roi had a wonderful personality and enjoyed entertaining with friends and family. He served as vice chairman of the McAlester Regional Hospital Foundation and was a member of the McAlester Rotary Club. He served on the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture's Board of Directors.
Roi was an excellent golfer and had served as president of the McAlester Country Club. He also loved fishing and became quite proficient at fly fishing.
Roi is survived by his wife, Debbie Nelson; sons, Dr. Ryan Nelson and Natalie, of Edmond, and Zachary Nelson, of Broken Arrow; step-sons, Matt Fluegel and Billie, of Broken Arrow, and Adam Fluegel and Hope, of Glenpool; nine grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Mike Nelson and Alexis, of Muskogee; a sister, Cindy Laffoon, of Lantana, Texas, and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Young Life, Oklahoma Project Woman at 7146 South Braden Avenue, Suite 300, Tulsa, OK, 74136, or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Published on April 15, 2019
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Jay Kempton
Apr 17, 2019
Roi was such a special man. I consider myself blessed to have been able to work with him on different projects for several years. His knowledge and calm demeanor were a confidence-inspiring joy to work around. Roi will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Jay Kempton
Lance Bumpas
Apr 17, 2019
We all loved him dearly! My family’s best friend for many years. Love you Debbie & family. What a great family you have!
Peggy McBeath
Apr 16, 2019
Too brought me to McAlester in 1983. We remained friends. I respected and admired Roi for his compassion and support. He was truly a great man.
Steve Baker
Apr 16, 2019
Debbie and I were so shocked to hear of Roi’s passing. He was a great guy. We had some fun times together. We are so sorry, Debbie. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. RIP Roi.
Dr. Jeff Duff
Apr 16, 2019
Roi was one of a kind and a dear friend to our whole family.
My mom and dad taught him in high school. What an outstanding
friend he was to me ..
I will miss him greatly.
Prayers to the family..🙏🙏🙏
David & Kristi Laughlin
Apr 16, 2019
So SORRY to hear about Roy, He was a great man, He will be missed,
Leesa Nelson-Whitlow
Apr 15, 2019
So sorry to hear of Roi’s passing. We shared many great memories over the years. We also share two amazing sons Ryan and Zachary and 4 beautiful grandchildren, Rose, Kate, Kenzie, and Liam. May he Rest In Peace!
Wes Brown
Apr 15, 2019
The Nelson and Brown families, good friends for many years, each have lost brothers, who were loved, respected and who have been and will be missed, way too early. Emmy's and my condolences, to Debbie, Cindy, Mike and their families for their loss. Roi was a great friend and will be missed.
Larry and Pauledde Plank
Apr 15, 2019
Debbie and Family: So shocked to hear of Roi’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. When I remember Roi, I think of all the fun times we had at Grand Lake! Oh my, the stories we could tell! Love to all and know our hearts are heavy!
Birnie Whitlow
Apr 15, 2019
Sincere sympathy for the related family and Friends of Roi Nelson. I am sure he will be missed by many.