Joseph Nettles

Apr 2, 2018


On March 13, 2018, the world lost a wonderful soul. Joseph McGhan Nettles (Poppie), passed away at home with his family by his side. He was a kind, gentle, loving man who was always ready to lend a helping hand. Those who got to know him personally found a quiet, modest man full of generosity with a great sense of humor.

Originally from Scranton, South Carolina, he made his way north to Long Island, NY where he spent the majority of his life with the love of his life, Deadra (Weisse) Nettles. In 2007, they moved to Wareham, MA to be closer to their only child, Debra and her husband, Rick Cantwell who reside in Mattapoisett. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and an especially doting grandfather to Bennett, Emilia and Wyatt Cantwell.

Joseph proudly served in the Army Reserves and then the regular Army in Alaska during the Vietnam War. After leaving the military he went to work in security for Grumman Aerospace on Long Island until retiring in 1995. He enjoyed taking long walks especially around the cranberry bogs in Wareham, gardening, tinkering at his work bench and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Deadra, his best friend, Ronald Weisse and his wife Dorothy (New York), their children and families, his daughter, Debra, her family and three of his seven siblings, Charlie Nettles and his wife Diane (Florida), Irene Nettles Gaymon and James Nettles (South Carolina), their children and families.

He will be remembered lovingly and missed immensely.

His visitation will be held on Sunday March 18, 2018 from 2-5 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. A private family burial service will take place in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. For directions and guestbook, please visit