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Tony Nabangchang

May 4, 1955 - May 28, 2021

Tony Nabangchang departed this life on May 28, leaving behind his dearly loved dog, Amy. Tony was born in Bangkok, Thailand and traveled to Virginia in his early teens. This first job was at Bonanza Steak House in Lynchburg, where he met friends who he was still close with today. He graduated from Holy Cross High School and went on to receive a BS in Engineering from Virginia Tech. Tony was a Hokie fan through and through and enjoyed spending Saturdays yelling at the TV during football season. He fell in love with this Country and his proudest moment was when he became a citizen. Tony knew US War History better than most and was an ardent supporter of our troops.

Tony is preceded in death by his biological parents in Thailand and his adoptive parents, Virgil and Edith Beckner, his sisters Roberta Stoney and Marian Riggins, and his brothers Virgil Beckner, Jr. and Thomas Beckner.

Tony will be missed by a host of lifelong friends made throughout his journey, including the Luken family who knew him for over 47 years and considered him family.

A memorial service will be held in the future. You may honor Tony by making a donation to the Roanoke, Valley SPCA, or another animal care organization, in his name.

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


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Tony was married to my aunt for many years. I remember our trips to Nags Head and visits to their homes in Virginia, while he was going to Engineering school and after. Tony was very intelligent and an excellent cook. He was fun to be around and I loved having him as my uncle. I’m still shocked at his passing, he was far too young. I love and miss you Tony.

Posted by Kim W on April 24, 2022

I met Tony in May of 2010 in NY in a GE class and Amy, Tony's life and unconditional love, that day that evening. Tony and I became good friends on day 1. We had a lot in common, perhaps our age compared to the other young engineers, his love for Amy and his funny way of describing himself. Just today I learned the sad news of him passing. Tony was the life of our class. We had several dinners together and few with my wife that came to visit me. I have and had never seen anyone loving his four legged friend as much as Tony did. Tony never forgot to send me a birthday or Charismas card every year after we met. I live in the west in New Mexico and visiting each other was not possible. I loved Tony, he was a good person. I know I was so blessed to meet him and having him as a friend. Dear Kimberly, thank you for letting me know and I know Tony is resting in peace knowing Amy is taken care of by you. I love the four legged friends and nearly a life long member of SPCA. Tony, rest in peace my friend, oh, the Holly Father needed another Angel in His kingdom and he chose you. And, He left the rest of us who knew you with a heavy heart! I miss you my dear dear Friend very much! God bless you, always.

Posted by Ali Rahimi on August 18, 2021

I think he was the last member of the family who was above me in the family tree, and he showed, more than once, the loyalty and commitment of a true brother. I am more affected than I expected. May our Holy Father bring him home

Posted by Alan DeWitt Beckner on August 4, 2021

I am blessed to know Tony he shared his kindness and his concern , I will miss our long talks of History and Politics , May his memory be a blessing to his Family and friends .. Rest In Peace with your loved ones .

Posted by Inna on June 26, 2021

Tony was a true American patriot who loved his country very much. He was a sincerely kind and gentle person. He has left this earth way too early, and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Tony.

Posted by Jim R. on June 23, 2021

Such a kind and caring person, and a great advocate for helping homeless pets. Much too young! You will be missed and never far from our thoughts! Thank you Tony for all you have done.

Posted by Vickie Boyles on June 23, 2021

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