SANFORD — Ander Thomas Nelson Jr., 45, departed this life April 10 at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Affectionately known as “Andy,” he was born Dec. 14, 1975, to Catherine Palmer Nelson and Ander Thomas Nelson Sr. Andy was born and raised in Lee County and attended school with his sister, Daphne Sibyl Johnson, who preceded him in death.

Andy was baptized at Fair Promise AME Zion Church in Sanford at an early age, where he was a faithful member along with his parents and beloved sister. Andy graduated Northern High School in Durham. He received a certification in carpentry from Cabarrus Community College. He was the owner and founder of ATN Nelson’s Services where he worked in construction and prided himself in restoring historic properties.

Andy was proud to be part of Generation X, believing it was safer to grow up during that time.

Andy valued his childhood memories and loved to hear stories of family history. Andy had a happy-go-lucky personality. He loved to laugh and share a good joke.

Andy leaves to cherish his memories, mother, Catherine Palmer Nelson, father, Ander Thomas Nelson Sr. (Rebecca); stepsisters, Belinda Mays and Roshanda McCrimmon; maternal aunties, Linda M. Palmer and Janice Nobles; and uncle, Melvin Palmer (Sharda); paternal aunties, Evelyn McLeod, Loretta Armstrong, Theresa Baker, and uncle Charles Nelson; and a host of cousins and friends.

Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Knotts Funeral Home, 719 Wall St., Sanford.

The graveside service is 1 p.m. Monday at Macedonia AME Zion Church, 11225 Gulf Road, Gulf.