Nelson Wampler, Jr., 72, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Nelson bravely fought ALS for a year. Although he lost the battle, Nelson won the war because he is in heaven with the good Lord!
Nelson was born in 1948, to the late Nelson “Big Honey” and Marie Wampler in Wise County, VA.
After he returned from Vietnam, he graduated from Clinch Valley College (UVA-Wise) in three and a half years with a degree in Business Administration. After more than 20 years in the banking industry, Nelson changed careers, opening Wampler’s Insurance Agency in Abingdon at the age of 49. Due to his hard work, long hours, and a great staff (Brian, Brandy, Tamsyn, Mary, and Meredith), the successful insurance agency is still going strong after 23 years. He was very proud that his son, Brian is leading the family owned agency into the future and carrying on his vision for the business.
Nelson was a devoted Christian and was serious about his faith. Nelson retired from the Army Reserve after 23 years of service and was a charter member of Abingdon VFW Post 1994. He loved giving back to his community in any way he could, especially supporting his local children and sports. He was an avid golfer, a huge Tennessee Vols fan, and a loving husband, dad, and Pops.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Diana Wampler of the home; one son, Brain Wampler (Meredith) and two grandchildren, Collin and Taylor who he thought hung the moon; one sister, Norma Gardner (Charles); one brother, Randy Wampler (Yvonne); 3 sisters-in-law, Rhonda Jackson (Phil), Susan Ball (Emmitt), and Debra Sutherland; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Forrest Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Greg Alderman officiating.
In observance of COVID-19 restrictions, face masks will be required for attendance social distancing will be practiced.
The family is planning a celebration of life for Nelson at a later date in 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Nelson’s memory. This organization was dear to his heart, as he was a long-time supporter.
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