David “Dave” Vincent Van Nest, of Franklinton, passed away suddenly Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Dave was born in Binghamton, N.Y., to Clarence Eugene Van Nest and Barbara Marean Van Nest. Dave served honorably in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of sergeant, and was president of Custom Installations and Alarms, Inc. in Franklinton.
In his spare time, Dave was an avid lover of sports, most especially professional baseball, he also enjoyed spending time outdoors, working on his farm, and travelling the world.
Dave was a member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Franklinton. In a testament to his faith, Dave made the decision to donate his organs. Preceded in death by his parents, and his brother-in-law, David Potter of Copperas Cove, Texas, he is survived by his former wife and dear friend Kathy Martin Van Nest of Youngsville, his brother, Dean Webster Van Nest (and wife Carolyn), and a sister Denise Van Nest Potter, all of Copperas Cove, Texas.
Dave will be missed by his beloved dogs, Ruby, Emmy and Charlie Wiggins. He will be remembered by his friends as a generous and loyal spirit, always willing to offer a hand to anyone in need. His legacy will be the many lives he touched with his kindness and genuine gift of caring for others.
The family welcomed friends Jan. 14 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. A graveside celebration of life was held at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Franklinton on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Donations can be made to Mount Olivet Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made at clementsfuneralservice.com.