The Rev. Dr. Wesley Butler Nash, 76, the presiding elder of the Washington Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the former pastor of a number of churches in this area and elsewhere, died Nov. 27 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Nash, who lived in Washington, was born in Cokesbury, S.C. He graduated from Allen University in Columbia, S.C., and the Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He later received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Allen.

During World War II, he was a captain in the Army Chaplains Corps and served in Africa and Europe.

In 1946, he moved here as pastor of the St. Paul AME Church. From 1948 to 1951, he was pastor of the Mount Zion AME Church in Roanoke. From 1951 to 1954, he had the Embry AME Church in College Park. From 1954 to 1967, he was pastor of the Waters AME Church in Baltimore. From 1967 until 1975, he was pastor of the Mount Moriah AME Church in Annapolis.

From 1975 until he retired in 1980, Dr. Nash was presiding elder of the Washington Conference of the AME Church.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise Wright Nash of Washington; a daughter, Juanita Gonzalez of Flemington, N.J; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.