Surrounded by his loving family, Gerald Wilson “Bill” Nelligar, 78, of Virginia Beach, left his earthly body and woke up in the arms of his Lord and Savior Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.
He was born in Norfolk to the late Alexanderia Gatewood Nelligar and Kathleen Williams Nelligar. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gatewood Nelligar; and sister, Audrey Klante (Bob).
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judith Ralph Nelligar; daughters, Stacye Litton (Steve), Amy Rae Nelligar-King (David) and Gina Marie Giordano (George); and son, Eric Michael Nelligar. His grandchildren, Braeden Parker Nelligar-King, Addison Ray Nelligar, and Lena Lynn Litton, will never forget the special memories of their Anda.
Bill Nelligar, the most remarkable man that ever lived, loved his family beyond measure. He was the perfect example of how to be a husband, father, son, grandfather, mentor, teacher and friend. He was loved by many and faithful to all who knew and loved him. His life demonstrated the love of family, devotion to others, kindness, forgiveness, truthfulness, honesty, love for his Lord and Savior and love of country. He was exceedingly grateful for all of his blessings and was always excited to share a joke, a song or a life story. Bill was gentle, humble and soft- hearted. He has shed many tears to express his tenderness and compassion. He was a true gentleman and a tower of strength.
For 25 years, he was a professional entertainer, vocalist and guitarist. He was involved in radio, television, movies, studio work and entertainment venues in the United States and Europe. He had a talent and passion for music and used every opportunity to share it with others.
Bill was the Director of the Old Dominion Cloggers and devoted his time and love of dance to mentor the team members.
Bill graduated from T.C. Williams School of Law earning his Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He also graduated from Princess Anne high school, Class of 1958, Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University. He practiced law for 37 years in his Virginia Beach office. After retirement, he served as an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk campus sharing his knowledge and passion for law. He was always willing to serve his community and church family. Bill embraced life, enjoyed every minute and his joy was infectious. He could light up a room.
Bill was a Master Mason for 37 years, a member of Kempsville Masonic Lodge No. 196, Virginia Beach. He served his Masonic lodge as worshipful master in 2003, and he had served as lodge treasurer for the past 12 years. He was a Scottish Rite 32nd-degree Mason, Norfolk Scottish Rite Bodies. He was also a Shriner and a member of Khedive Shriners in Chesapeake.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1485 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the funeral home chapel.
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