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A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Montvale Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Nelson Cline Janney

March 13, 1961 - October 3, 2022

Nelson Cline Janney, 61, of Roanoke, Virginia passed away on Monday, October 3, 2022.

Nelson was born on March 13, 1961, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was a man who loved music and his plants. He had a green thumb and could make anyone laugh. Anyone who knew him would say he was a good guy.

He is survived by his sons, Christopher and Steven Janney; parents, Harmon “Nelson” and Linda Janney; sisters, Susan Mullens and Rebecca Gilmore; former wife, Lesa Kidd and multiple grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Nelson was preceded in death by his sister Savannah Janney.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Montvale Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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Nelson was many things to many people. To me , he became a few different things over the years . When I was 12 years old and meeting him for the first time , he was the coolest and most handsome , funny and laid back person I had ever met . He was kind enough to not break my heart with the many love letters I wrote to him before and after he married my Aunt! Of course as I grew up he became an awesome friend that I could talk to about anything, he never judged me just listened and gave advice . He became another protector of sorts when I brought my first serious boyfriend to meet him, and he seriously questioned him for over an hour about his intentions . He was a unique soul, and always the life of the party . I’ve missed you for years , but knowing now there is no chance of seeing you again is just heartbreaking. I’ve loved you well over half my life and I always will . Rest In Peace , and until I see you again know you will be in my heart !

Posted by Amber Lookadoo on October 6, 2022

Nelson was a unique individual with a love of life and one who could always bring a laugh to the room. We met through our work, and our friendship grew from there. Nelson and his family has been a guest in our home and a companion on trips abroad a couple of decades ago. Have not seen much of you in the past ten years but my prayers are with your family as they mourn your loss. You will be remembered and missed.

Posted by Allen Costellow on October 6, 2022

Nelson was a very unique man. He was one of my best friends. My life still revolves around him in so many ways, from my career to my family. I learned many things from him and I think he learned from me as well. I miss you and will continue to miss you the rest of my days.

Posted by TODD R KING on October 6, 2022

Nelson was a very unique individual that I had the honor of knowing for many years. He and I went through a lot together. He was tied to me and my family in many ways, which some of you will know. I have missed him and will continue to miss him. I wish I could turn the clock back, but time keeps ticking away at it's own pace. I'll miss you my friend!

Posted by TODD R KING on October 6, 2022

Nelson and I were friends for over 20 years. He was a very good friend , he will be surely missed. Nelson had a great sense of humor and was a very caring person.The world lost a beautiful soul way too soon! He will surely be missed! My condolences to the family and all that were privileged to have known him! Rest well my brother!

Posted by William Scales on October 6, 2022

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