Darryl S. Nester

July 27, 1959 - February 3, 2024
Darryl S. Nester

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Darryl Sidney Nester, born on July 27, 1959, in Wilmington, NC, bid farewell to this world on Saturday, February 3, 2024, also in Wilmington. He was a truly remarkable man who lived a life full of adventure, laughter, and a touch of mischievousness. Darryl’s age at the time of his passing was 64.

Darryl led an incredibly fulfilling career, serving his country with honor as a proud member of the US Marines. After his time in the military, he channeled his dedication to public service by joining the Wilmington Police Department, eventually retiring as a Sergeant in 2012. Not one to rest on his laurels, Darryl shared his knowledge and experience by teaching Basic Law Enforcement at Cape Fear Community College.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Darryl possessed an array of talents and interests. There seemed to be nothing he couldn’t do, but his true passion lay in organization. He had a remarkable knack for keeping things in order, which came in handy as he and his beloved wife Vicki were active members of the Carolina Airstream Club. They reveled in attending various events and had already planned to make their way to the 2024 International Airstream rally in Missouri come October.

Darryl’s caring nature extended beyond his immediate circle. Since 2011, he was a dedicated member of Compassionate Friends, where he mentored fellow members, providing them with support and guidance. Additionally, he proudly belonged to the Police Benevolent Association, always looking out for his brothers and sisters in blue.

Darryl was preceded  in death by his daughter, Kim Sibbach on April 28, 2011 and his  parents, James Douglas (JD) and Mabel Marie Dodson Nester.

Darryl’s family was his pride and joy. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Vicki Miller Nester, who stood by his side through thick and thin. His daughter Stacy Sibbach held a special place in his heart, while his brother Noel Nester and wife Gayle, along with his nephew James Walters, added to the joy in his life. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and adopted family members. Darryl will forever live in the hearts and memories of the people he touched, whether for a brief moment or as a lasting friend…

A celebration of Darryl’s life will be held at First Christian Church, where he was a devoted member. The funeral service will take place at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. In recognition of his military and police service, full honors will be accorded following the service at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

The funeral service will be live-stream starting at 10:20AM Wednesday at fccilm.org/live

The family will be available to receive friends at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel on Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be directed to either First Christian Church 2035 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 or to the Bradley Creek Elementary School Library 6211 Greenville Loop Road Wilmington, NC 28409.

Darryl “The Organizer” Nester will be remembered as a man who brought order and joy to those around him. His legacy lives on through the memories he created and the lives he touched. May he rest in eternal peace.

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  • February 14, 2024
    Sharon H. Smith says:
    Darryl is a part of my earliest memories at Winter Park Elementary. Throughout our entire school years and onward, Darryl never changed. Those wonderful and rare qualities that he possessed as a child only grew stronger. He was honorable, compassionate, and giving, he had the type of magnetic energy that'd draw everyone into his orbit. Having Darryl as a friend was akin to having a treasure, something to cherish and be thankful for. May God bless his lovely family throughout their journey forward.

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    Jennifer Wright says:
    Vicki- You are in my prayers; I’m so sorry to hear about Darryl. My thoughts & prayers are with you and yours . My mother, Maxine Wright, a magistrate then, used to laugh so much when Darryl would come in to the Magistrates Office. He will b sorely missed! Love you Vicki ❤️ Jennifer (Jenny) Wright

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