David Jackson Nolen death – obituary, cause of death : David Jackson Nolen 81, of Alexander City. Has died. He passed away after losing a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Friday, September 10, 2021.
David was born in Alexander City on July 12, 1940 to James Jackson (JJ) and Addie McClellan Nolen. he was a perfect example of what it means to be a wonderful person. He had a calming presence and was extremely kind, he touched the hearts of so many, and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
David’s proudest moments was being an Eagle Boy Scout because he loved serving others from a young age. He enjoyed playing and watching sports all his life, from Little League baseball to high school sports, coaching Little League and youth football, he played and coached men’s softball and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide.
He was an enthusiastic player and fan. David also enjoyed to deer hunt with his male family members and his friends in their hunting club in Wadley, Alabama.
Jackson attended and graduated from Gadsden High School in 1958 and was a proud member of his senior class varsity championship football team. He met Charlotte (Pug) Jordan, his high school sweetheart and love of his whole life they later got married on July 16th 1960.
He was an employee at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in several capacities until his retirement in 1984 when he bought Steadham Window and Door Company which later became Nolen Glass. He worked his son Jim as a team, side-by-side every day until the Lord called Jim home in 2012.
in 1986 David had interest in serving his city in a political capacity for many years and decided to run for the mayor of Gadsden. He would be elected without a run-off against the incumbent and did his best to make the best decisions for and lead Gadsden to become better than ever before.
He enjoyed every minute of meeting so many new people and made lifelong friends from that one term in office. He was joking teased by his close friends who told him that if he ran for office again, they would all divorce and ban him from all family events.
He and his wife Charlotte were active members of James Memorial Baptist until 1970 when they joined First Baptist Church Gadsden where he ministered as a faithful deacon and usher up until the last year or so of his life.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Charlotte (Pug) Jordan Nolen, who was faithfully by his side especially in the past ten years helping him in his fight with Parkinson. He Is also survived by his daughter Becky Nolen Word.
Cause of death:
It was reported that David passed away after fighting a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was surrounded by his family who were blessed to see him receive his reward of serving his Lord and Savior.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 12 from 4–6 pm in the sanctuary of Gadsden First Baptist Church with the service on Monday, September 13 at 2 pm in the sanctuary at the church as well. Pastor/friends Mat Alexander, Larry Fuhrman, and Harrell Cushing will officiate. Burial in Forrest Cemetery.