Dr. James Nolan Etters

July 2, 1938February 1, 2013

Dr. James Nolan Etters died peacefully in his sleep at home on February 1, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Betty G. Etters and a sister Sybil J. Etters of Charlotte, NC. Dr. Etters was born on July 2, 1938 in Chester, S.C. to the late Clarence Etters and Hazel Arny Etters. He graduated from Chester High School and earned his undergraduate and graduate degree from Clemson University in Textile Chemistry. Dr. Etters worked in Danville, Virginia for 23 years as a Senior Research Chemist for the Dan River Corporation and later received his PhD from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He had been a professor at LSU prior to coming to the University of Georgia where he taught and directed numerous graduate students for 17 years. In 1994, Dr. Etters received the Olney Award from the American textile Chemist and Colorists Association. This is the highest award that one can receive in this professional organization. Dr. Etters had more than 150 papers published in various professional journals. As a journalist, his passion was to write an article for the past two years for his hometown newspaper, called “Chester Memories”. He also loved riding motorcycles throughout his life and at the age of 62 he purchased his last Harley Davidson motorcycle and loved to travel all over the world with his lovely wife Betty. He also enjoyed golfing and working in his vegetable garden. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. On line condolences may be made at Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Catherine Ferrell

July 2, 2013

Betty, I just tried to call Nolan since today is his birthday and when the call would not go through I began searching for his number and found this sad news, You both were friends to me for many years. When you are in Danville please give me a call.

Ray Silva

March 12, 2013

Betty, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Nolan. Please accept my sincere condolences.
As a colleague at Dan River, I considered Nolan as a mentor in the R&D group.
He was very supportive of my activities in AATCC and considered him a life long friend.

Ray Silva,
Westex, Inc.
Statesboro, GA

Yvonne Almond

February 10, 2013

I have spent hours reading Nolan's articles in the Chester Newspaper. What a wonderful storyteller he was. We will all miss him so much and consider ourselves lucky to have known him. Everyone in the pharmacy sends their love and prayers.

Sara Marcketti

February 10, 2013

Mrs. Etters: I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Etter's passing. He was such a wonderful mentor to me and I think of you both so fondly. You are in my thoughts. Sara Marcketti

Karen Leonas

February 8, 2013

Betty, I always smile when I think of Nolan and the humor he brought to Dawson Hall - he was so supportive of everyone! My prayers are with you, Karen Leonas

Huantian Cao

February 8, 2013

Dear Mrs. Etters,

Please accept our sincere and deep condolences on the loss of Dr. Etters. Dr. Etters was one of the professors who can change the life of a student. I was attracted to UGA by a paper published by Dr. Etters comparing the publications of different textile programs. UGA ranked very high in that list. I joined TMI and received top quality graduate education. Comparing his work in industry and academia, Dr. Etters once joked "is there any job better than being a professor who gets paid by going to the library and reading?" He made a very good point and made me pursue an academic career. May Dr. Etters rest in peace!

Huantian Cao & Family

Burrows Family

February 7, 2013

Betty: We are so very sorry to hear about Nolan. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and Keep You during this time of sorrow. We Love You.

February 7, 2013

Ms. Betty,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Dr. Etters' passing is a true loss to us all...he was brilliant! He was the person who gave me my passion for textiles back in 1992 as an undergrad...he wore his "Dr. NO" sweatshirt on the first day of class...I will never forget it. He served on my Thesis committee years later (1999) and always had a good joke to ease my tension of dealing with my thesis. I speak of him fondly to my textiles classes today. He has always been my inspiration!

Neal and Victoria Pylant

February 7, 2013

Betty. We are so sorry for Nolan's passing. We are going to miss him and his endless stories. Hoping you are doing well and keeping you in our prayers.

Anand Kanchagar

February 6, 2013

Dear Mrs. Etters,

We are sending our heart-felt condolences during this time of sorrow. Dr. Etters was a very good mentor to me and I will always have the distinction of being his last student. He was very kind, humorous and treated others with great respect. Dr. Etters will always be respected and remembered by me and my family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Anand, Chitra and Family