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Alfred Kenneth "Kenny" Nightingale

July 24, 1950 - February 16, 2022

A.K. (Kenny) Nightingale, 71, of Bedford, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. He was born on July 24, 1950, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts to the late A. K. and Mildred Nightingale Sr.

As a true New England Patriot, he loved and served his country in the US Navy Seabees, with his tour of duty in Operation Deep Freeze, Antartica.  He was an avid Red Sox, Patriot’s football, and Nascar fan.  As a motor sports enthusiast, his second passion involved all things related to classic cars.   He also enjoyed fishing, cribbage, barbecuing, clambakes, and was always drawn by the call of the ocean.  His walk with Jesus led him to realize life’s greatest pleasure and brought him great joy through treasured relationships with friends and family.

Kenny is survived by his wife of 44 years, Deborah Nightingale; daughter Danielle Nightingale-Kline and husband Jim Kline, son Chip Willis, grandsons Zac and Randy Nightingale, sister-in-law Margaret DeBardino-Stosny, nephews Tyler DeBardino and A.J. Stosny, and sister Diane Plourde and beloved blue healer, Olivia.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be conducted at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Bedrock Community Church, 402 East Main St., Bedford, VA.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please visit

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I was so sorry to hear about Kenny! Praying for you and your family, Deb. "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him." I Thess. 4:13,14

Posted by Gail on March 8, 2022

Deb, so sorry to hear this. Let your fond memories and the help of our Lord get you through these rough times. Your family is in my prayers and if there is anything I can do for you please let me know.

Posted by Carter Martin on February 22, 2022

We’re going to sorely miss our SeaBee , and dear Brother, especially at our Old Guys Rule prayer breakfasts.

Posted by Doug Lowe on February 21, 2022

Love you brother. But I know that I'll see you again.

Posted by James on February 19, 2022

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