MOUNT AIRY — Mr. William L. "Billy" Nations, 78, of Mount Airy, passed away at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home surrounded by his loving family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. He was born in Surry County on Sept. 8, 1934, to the late John Robert Nations Sr. and Lenora Wright Nations. Mr. Nations bravely served in the U.S. Army from January 1957 until being honorably discharged in January 1959. He retired from Westinghouse after 23 years. Mr. Nations was a faithful member of Blues Grove Baptist Church since July 1953 where he taught the Sr. Adult Sunday School Class for over 40 years always lovingly referring to the class members as "my children." Mr. Nations is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Polly McCreary Nations of the home; a sister, Marjorie N. Duncan of Winston-Salem; four brothers and sisters-in-law, J.R. and Fannie Nations of Dobson, Grady M. and Judy Nations of Burlington, Colo., Joe F. and Mary Ida Nations and Bruce W. and Judy Nations, all of Mount Airy; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends beyond measure. In additions to his parents, Mr. Nations was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha N. Cox. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Blues Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Sammy Lawson, Brother Don Collins, the Rev. Roland McCraw and the Rev. Tony Holder. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., where he will remain until the time to be taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. The family would like to express its appreciation to his special caregivers, Frances and Lisa Casstevens, Pansy Allen, Delmer and Judy McCraw, and the staff of the Woltz Hospice Home for the wonderful care Mr. Nations received during his illness. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Blues Grove Baptist Church, c/o Donna Draughn, 3069 Red Brush Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030; Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030; or the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.