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LANEXA - John Joseph Nettles Sr., passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012.
Mr. Nettles was a native of Hampton, Va., and was a lifelong Tidewater resident. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He retired from N.A.S.A., in 1972, as the Chief Transportation Officer with 28 years of service. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Helen Nettles; and two sisters, Marie McVaugh and Alice Winstead; and is survived by his daughter, Patricia Wright and her husband, Davis of Lanexa, Va.; a son, John J. Nettles Jr., and his wife, Carol Ann of Orange, Va.; four grandchildren, John, Lisa, Kelly and Bucky; and 11 great-grandchildren; and also a special friend, Hilda Wright.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Grace Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Carleton Bakkum officiating. Burial will follow in the church yard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, is in charge of the arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2012.
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April 25, 2012
Hilda and I will always cherish fond memories of Buck and the way he treated Mrs. Wright. I enjoyed playing golf with Buck and hearing his opinions on a variety of subjects. He was a gentleman, a respected veteran, and a good man. Our condolences go to Patricia, Johnny, and all the family.
Ed an Hilda Johnson
April 25, 2012
Mrs. Wright,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad..He was a sweet gentleman..I will keep you in my prayers
cindy fitchett
April 25, 2012
We always enjoyed the times when we would get together. It is with great fondness I remember my dad and Buck getting together and talking about Langley Field and the people that they both new. Buck will be sorely missed, but we take great comfort that he is with the ones that he loved and they him. May Jesus Christ comfort Tricia and Davis and Johnny and Carol in their time of grief.
Pauline and Eddie
April 25, 2012
I have many good memories of my grandfather, and i have always been proud to be his grandson. He was, and always will be, a hero to me.
Bucky Wright
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