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“Martha, my dear friend: I wanted to wait until the fog had lifted and the skies had cleared before I wrote this, and I think that time has come. ...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Boone - Ballard, WV

“I was so sorry to hear about Martha. She was such a good wife, mother, and Christian. My sympathy to get husband and children. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Rebecca McGinley - Narrows, VA

“Such a tragic loss . She was my friend and neighbor in my early childhood in Narrows. May God be with her father , Phil Wood and her brother ,Phil...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Jesse , J.C. Reed - Stuart, VA

“I am sorry for your loss of a kind and caring lady. Martha was always willing to help others in whatever way she could. She will be missed and...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Lucas - Pearisburg, VA

“Far,This world will never be the same without you. I miss you already!! I will forever cherish our long talks and your words of wisdom and guidance...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Norma Adkins - Rich Creek, VA

“I am so sorry to hear about Martha. She was always such a kind person. I haven't seen her in several years, but have so many fond memories of her...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Theresa Salyer - Castlewood, VA

“Martha was one of the sweetest and kindest people I knew. She will be missed by all . Love and prayers to all ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Jenny Booth - Peterstown, WV

“Cheryl and family,I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was the sweetest lady and I know she will be missed greatly. Thoughts and prayers for you...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Alisa Pence - Peterstown, WV

“I had the pleasure of knowing this woman for many years. I have no doubt she is walking the streets of gold today and playing the most beautiful...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Pamela Hilton - Pembroke, VA

“Kenneth and family, please know that I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember working with Martha. My thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Diana Johnson - Pearisburg, VA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Martha was a friend thru school and I know she will be truly miss. I will be praying for your family . I know it rough...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Bratton - Ripplemead, VA

“Martha is my first cousin. I can't remember not ever loving her. I remember from a child until the day before she traded this life for her Eternal...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Sheila Stafford - Pearisburg, VA

“There will never be a truer Christian than my sweet cousin. Martha is now in the arms of her true love, JESUS! Will miss you Martha, I'll see you in...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Panzie whittaker - Pearisburg, VA

“So sorry to hear of Martha's passing . Martha was always so sweet . ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Blabkenship Robertson - TN

Martha Faye Wood Nester, 61 of Pearisburg, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg.

A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on December 20th, 1954, and was the daughter of Phil Wood, Sr., and the late Lucille Blankenship Wood.

A 1973 graduate of Narrows High School where she was Homecoming Queen and Valedictorian, and a 1975 graduate of Bluefield Business College, Martha was a retired employee of Warren and Scheid, PC, where she served for over 40 years as a legal secretary. A faithful member of North Narrows Tabernacle of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, she held many positions, including Sunday School teacher, youth leader, organist, bookkeeper, and in other capacities where called upon. A loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her stepmother, Julia Wood; her husband of 37 years, Kenneth Wyatt Nester; four children, Cheryl Nester Harless of Newport, Carol Nester Fritz and husband Denny of Taylorsville, North Carolina, Travis James Nester of Taylorsville, North Carolina, and Kenneth Thomas Nester and wife Pam of Taylorsville, North Carolina; a special son, William Joseph Harless of Narrows; ten grandchildren, Jacob Ryan Harless, Cassandra Elaine Harless, Brandon Seth Fritz, Jessica Leanna Harless, Kayla Fritz, Jami-Lynn Comer, Kendra Norton, Carrie Hinson, JayCee Hinson, and Kevin Hinson; one great-granddaughter, Ava Harless; a brother, Phil Wood, Jr. and wife Ramona of Narrows; two nephews, Stephen Wood and Christopher Wood; and a niece, Samantha Lucas.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 1 PM at Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church, 809 College Street in Narrows with Rev. Paul Terry officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure; 4910 Valley View Boulevard, Suite #212; Roanoke, Virginia 24012.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at

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