31 March 2023

Farewell to One of the Truly Good Ones - Jody Nolan

 By: MB McCart, Ed. 

Friends, this publication & its editor - along w/ so many in around the home county, GA Piedmont & beyond - was very saddened to hear the news of the passing of Jody Nolan after his courageous battle w/ ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Our deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to his family & friends. 

As I was telling my wife the other day, I feel as if I've lost one of the most valuable Mutual Admiration Societies that I was a proud member of. I thought a lot of Jody; always greatly enjoyed talking w/ him & apparently that feeling was reciprocal. 

In terms of those who truly loved the home county & wanted nothing but the absolute best for it there aren't hardly out there at all that can lay claim to the level that Jody did. And not just his service - which was huge: volunteer firefighter, regular firefighter, EMA Deputy & then later Newton EMA Director - but also for his passion for our beloved home & an intense desiring for her betterment. 

Jody & I had multiple deep conversations about this issue, some lasting an hour or two, and we almost always were in agreement on most major topics. 

As always, I'm very serious & protective of the anonymity & confidentiality of folks who I talk to about local stuff. But I can tell you this. Jody was a member of the Tonto Network. He was all about only - what is right; what is fair. Nothing else mattered, damn the consequences.

He was truly a good man. 

Though I haven't spoken w/ him in quite some time, I will sorely miss him. The home county will most assuredly be poorer w/ his passing. 

Also, this loss has greatly accelerated my intent to really get back to getting the REAL Story of all events, happenings & politics local. Jody would want it that way & I will do so in his honor.