Stephen Watt Nash Jr., 80, who was known to all as “Bud,” passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2020, at his home outside of Statesville, N.C. He was born on September 7, 1939, in the Shiloh community, to the late Stephen Watt Nash Sr. and Betty Sherrill Nash.

Bud was a graduate of Celeste Henkel School and Mitchell College. He retired from the United States Postal Service, where he served as Assistant Postmaster in Statesville. He was an active member of New Sterling Presbyterian Church, serving there as a Deacon, Elder, Superintendent of Sunday School and the chair of the Cemetery Committee. Bud was a long-time member of the West Iredell Ruritan Club, contributing many years of community service. He was happiest on his tractor, managing his farm and cows.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Emily Johnson Nash of Statesville; his daughter, Laura Nash Jordan (Randy) of Statesville; his son, Scott Nash of Statesville; grandchildren, Chauncy Jordan (Meredith) of Summerville, S.C., and Myranda Nash of Brevard, N.C.; great grandson, Benjamin Jordan; his sister, Therry Nash Deal of New Hill, N.C.; his brother, Barry Nash (Marsha) of Statesville; nephews, Brad Deal (Holly) of Lilburn, Ga., Adam Nash (Lindsay) of Raleigh; his niece, Melaney Deal Williams of New Hill, N.C.; and eight great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Teresa Hope Nash; brother-in-law, J.B. Deal; and an infant brother, Jeffrey Sherrill Nash.

Troutman Funeral Home is handling the private graveside services at New Sterling ARP Church. A celebration of Bud’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to New Sterling ARP Church Cemetery Fund or Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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