GREENSBORO — Mr. Kenneth Evans Nash, 63 of Greensboro, passed away at home surround by his wife and daughters, Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
A service of celebration for Ken's life will be held at 3 p.m. at the Nash home in Greensboro, N.C.
Born in Miami to Jimmy Evans Nash and Edith Bond Nash, Kenneth was one of 4 boys. Ken was an avid lover of the outdoors and the water. He spent his youth on the Swim Team at Dade County H.S. in Miami, with surfing as his favorite past time. He met and married Diane Freeman Nash in 1970 and they had three children; Christina, Jennifer and Michael. He prized his family above all things and spent most of his life being with them while living life through their experiences together. A beekeeper by hobby for many years, he sold honey to the local health food stores in the 70's. Ken spent time growing his own food, camping for family vacations and celebrating the beauty of what God's earth offers us. Family nature walks were a must and hand cut roses brought home to his wife after work were a regular occurrence in their life. Ken evolved from a surfer, to a white water kayaker with his son, a scuba diver and then to a Sailer. As their children grew up and went to have families of their own Ken and his wife, Diane began to spend much of their time together on the water. They took sailing classes, bought a sailboat and traveled along the Outerbanks. Through their years sailing they met some of their best friends.
Kenneth's work life was much like his free time, full of passion, adventure and friends. He always dreamed of having his own business, in 1992, with a pen he had saved from his Father, he signed on the dotted line and purchased Ferree Trailer, a trailer manufacturing company in Liberty, N.C.. Ken grew Ferree Trailer into a very successful company which is now a landmark in the Industry. People who initially came to Ferree as employees and customers quickly became friends and family. That is how Ken did everything, through friendship. Many relationships began with a handshake and still continue like that today. He loved people and wanted his company to be a placed that helped people achieve their dreams for themselves and their families just as he had.
To describe Ken to the world one would have to say, "He got it!" He gave people room to be human, thought deeply about life's truths and loved his wife, children and grandchildren beyond measure. He was a big presence in the room and everyone who met him wanted to be his friend. He will be greatly missed but celebrated every day in the legacy he has left with each person's life he has touched.
He is survived by these people who were his world and he was theirs; his beloved wife of 42 years, Diane Freeman Nash; his daughter, Christina Nash Brown and her husband Tim Brown and their two children, Leah and August Brown; his daughter, Jennifer Nash Stickrath and her husband Eric Stickrath and their son, Jack Stickrath; his daughter-in-law, Holly Getz Nash and her children Austin, Katlyn and Brandon Nash; his three brothers who meant the world to him, Jim Peacock, David Nash and Bob Nash.
Please join family and friends Sunday, July 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. for a celebration of his life at their home at 2085 Pleasant Ridge Road in Greensboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Attention: Finance, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel is assisting the Nash Family. Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com.