ANDREW NESTER, 87, was born in 1932 in Floyd, VA
to Cullen & Racheal Nester and passed away from a
long illness on Feb. 1, 2020. He was the 2nd of 3
children born to Cullen & Racheal.
During his Navy tour of service from 1950 to 1954,
he married Janet Clower, a local Floyd woman in
1952. After he was honorably discharged from the
U.S. Navy he attended Virginia Tech, completed his
electrical engineering degree in 1957 and went on
to pursue his career at Western Electric and AT&T.
Andy and Janet had three children, two girls and
a boy throughout the course of the marriage, and
settled in Mesquite, TX. After Andy retired from
AT&T in 1988 he and Janet traveled extensively
together. Subsequently Janet became terminally
ill and tragically passed in 1993.
Andy remarried in 1996 to Mary Frances Wilson-
Spangler. a Floyd native, and they both settled in
Floyd, VA where they were both active members of
the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren. Andy
found great satisfaction as the sound, video, and
audio engineer at the church and ultimately facili-
tated the video and audio installation in several
other local congregations. Few men can walk as
Christians like Andy did.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Nester; his younger
brother, Rev. Curtis Nester; his children, Melinda
McIlroy, Melanie Lynass, and Mark Nester; Mary’s
children, Eldon Spangler and Ann Reynolds; his
grandchildren, Morganne, Logan, Maura, Nicole,
Mason, Todd, Max, Sam, and Jake; along with six
Andy is preceded in death by his older sister,