David Allen Nettles


David Allen Nettles, 64, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, January 28, 2024. David was born in Mansfield, Ohio on Monday, March 23, 1959, to his parents, Mary Lee (Davis) Nettles and Joseph Alexander Nettles Sr.

David was a proud graduate of the Class of 1977 Mansfield Senior High School. After graduation, he worked various jobs until landing a full-time position with Laborer’s Union Local 1216. He was employed with them for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2022.

David was a life-long resident of Mansfield and a huge Ohio sports teams’ fan. He will be remembered most by his big smile and infectious laugh. He never met a stranger and loved telling jokes and being the “life of the party” amongst family and friends. In addition to his social life, David loved cooking, watching sports, being around family, and mostly enjoyed playing with and loving on his grandchildren.

He leaves to cherish his memories, four children, Darryl Black, Aretha Lanier (Burke Webb), Clarissa (Darnell) Weeks, all of Mansfield, OH, and Jessica (Kendall) King of Columbus, OH; 2 grandsons, Jasavyon Lanier and Kaylon King; 3 granddaughters, Nysibreon Lanier, Kenya Black, and Kanala King; 3 great-granddaughters, Rayven, Raylani, and Rayerra; 3 brothers, Burnell Nettles of Baton Rouge, LA, James “Russell” Nettles and Alvin (Sherry) Nettles of Mansfield, OH; 4 sisters, Barbara Jean (Provosta) Williams and Sharon (Leonard) Walker of Baton Rouge, LA, Diane Nettles and Dorothy Hawthorne of Mansfield, OH; “Favorite Cousin” and best friend, Marcus Hawkins; special friends and mothers of his children, Judith Black and Jeannette Beard; special nieces that he helped raise, Lakwana Nettles, LaVonda Nettles, and Kimberly Stinnett; and an entire host of nieces and nephews where he was affectionately known as “Uncle Dave.”

David was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joseph Nettles, Jr., Lawrence “Polly” Davis, Henry Nettles, and Charles Logan Jr.; sister, Joyce “Rebone” Dorsey; and nephew, Antron Pointer.

Family and friends will be welcome to Clarissa’s home on Wednesday, February 7th from 5 – 7pm. David’s services will be on Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Marlan Gary Chapel of Peace, 753 McPherson St., Mansfield, OH 44903 and includes visitation at 10:00 am followed by the funeral at 11:00am. Interment will be at the Mansfield Cemetery and the repass will follow at the Celebration of Life Center, 129 S. Main St.

Mr. David Allen Nettles, age 64. Sunrise March 23, 1959 and Sunset January 28, 2024.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, February 9, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, MANSFIELD CHAPEL,753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). Interment at Mansfield Cemetery Association. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Nettles Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

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Condolence Messages

  1. Kim Y, Hairston-Dusmuke

    Praying for the Family.

  2. Minister Behavior Bryant & Family

    Our sincere condolences to my niece LaKwana and the entire Nettles family, you’re most definitely in our thoughts and prayers. It was such a shock when I received the text telling me that David was gone. It just breaks my heart, I am still hurting from the loss of Rebone, but I am grateful for all the good times that we had in the “Field” back in day, before things started to change in the Field for the worse, and we started losing family, close personal friends & childhood friends and classmates.
    David will never be forgotten that’s for sure and he will be missed. R.I.P. Our dear Friend/Family We loved you then, we love you now, and we will forever love you, but God loved you best.
    Behavior (AKA) Bea

  3. My sincere condolences to the family, Dave will truly be missed, but certainly never forgotten.

  4. Dee Dee I’m sorry about the loss of David. Fond childhood memories of us all living on Crystal Springs and yawl across the street.

  5. Marcee perryman

    One of my favorite uncles. Uncle Dave was a sweet kindhearted a funny man he was a very blunt real respectful guy everybody loved uncle Dave you will be truly missed by your family and close friends we all love you dearly ❤️ your niece marcee nettles

  6. Prayers and condolences for the family

  7. Condolence to the Nettles family.

  8. Gwen and Chester Butler

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  9. May Jesus Christ comfort and keep all who loved Uncle Dave!

  10. Twyla D Wilkins Hood

    My Sincere Sympathy

  11. Extending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the entire Nettles family. We will keep you all in prayer.

    Jean, Elaine, Burke Jr, Clarence & Carmen

  12. Linda Roberts Family

    My sincere condolences at this difficult time, praying for peace and strength for his family and friends. Just a nice fella.

  13. Evangelist Dr. Ella Bond-Mullens

    My sincere condolences for the family.

  14. Curtis James McFarland

    To the immediate and extended Nettles Family.
    Condolences as we go way back as children.
    David was a brother and friend.

  15. Cathy, Tammy, Dorothy

    Sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Nettles family. Sending prayers from the Taylors and Reuers.

  16. Khalil and Joyce Ali

    Joyce and I offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Nettles family. May God bless you all.

  17. Choicy Wiley and Family

    Our Sincere Condolences and Love to The Nettles Family. Since we met Clarissa, her Dad and Family it’s been Love, we know this is a difficult time.. We are Sending Prayers from the Wiley’s and Walton Family ❤️❤️❤️

  18. To David’s Family, I know this is heartbreaking for all of you. You have suffered so much lost. You have my deepest sympathy. I’ve known David most of his life.

  19. Thinking of you and your entire family, Clarissa. Praying for peace and here if you need anything at all

  20. Sending sincere condolences to the family. Dave graduated with our class of 1977. He was always kind and had an infectious laugh that radiated the room. Dave will be missed but not forgotten. Rest easy my friend ♥️

  21. Dusti and Donald Reese

    I never met a person who told a joke on the way in the room like Uncle Dave did. He was out personal family comedian. He definitely loved making people happy. He will definitely be missed! Love to all the family.

  22. My sincere condolences to the Nettles family. May god comfort you during this difficult time!

  23. Praying for the family

  24. Patricia Harris Pride

    My condolences and prayers to the Nettles Family. His smile will be missed.

  25. I will always remember Dave’s kind heart
    Rest in Heaven Mr. Nettles❤️‍

  26. My condolence and prayers goes out to the Nettles family. Sorry for your lost. Hugs and prayers to the Nettles family.

  27. Rachel Bollinger

    My condolences to his friends and family. I did not get a chance to meet him, but I have Heard a lot about him and how happy he was and what a jokester he was. I would have loved to meet him. I know a lot of the family personally and they are a big wonderful family. You will all be in my prayers!

  28. Dorothy Beard-Greene

    My deepest condolences to the Nettles family. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.

  29. Rita J. Shoulders

    So sorry for your loss.Praying for the family.So Rest In Heaven.Amen and Amen and Amen Again

  30. My heartfelt condolences to the family, Dave was a very nice person and always had a big smile on his face every time I would seen him gone to soon.

  31. Darrick Benjamin

    My condolences on you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  32. My condolences and prayers goes out to the family.

  33. My condolences to the family he will be miss RIP

  34. Mary "Bobbi" Webb Tabler

    My sincere condolences to Dave Nettles family. He will be sincerely missed.

  35. David was a good man and had a pure heart. He will be missed but just know that he is with God . Lean on God during this difficult time. To the family, you are in my prayers

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