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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

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