Robert Nelson Nash
March 15, 1931 – March 27, 2019
NASH, Robert Nelson, of Birmingham, beloved husband of Mary Edwards (Williams) Nash, passed away as a result of complications from heart disease on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the age of 88. Nelson was the son of the late Jewel Young Nash, Sr. and the late Sarah Annette Whittaker Nash. He was born March 15, 1931 on the home place of Dubois Winfield Whittaker, his maternal grandfather, in Greene County, GA. He was named after Frederick Nelson DuBois, a distant uncle in Catskill, NY. Nelson spent his childhood and young adulthood in Athens, GA, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Forestry in 1952. That same year, he married Mary Edwards Williams, also of Athens. Nelson served two years in the U.S. Air Force (1952-1954) as an aerial photo interpreter with Strategic Air Command at March Air Force Base in California. Then he and Mary moved to North Carolina where he worked in forestry as a private consultant for nine years. While there, he joined the North Carolina Army National Guard as a fixed-wing pilot after attending Army Aviation School. He went on to earn Master Aviator Wings during his thirty years of military service. In 1963, he moved the family to Birmingham, to continue his work as a forestry consultant. One year later, he made a career change and entered the life insurance business. During his more than 35 years’ experience as a Life Insurance Agent, Nash worked with The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. and with Guardian. Recognized for his high achievements, Nash was inducted as a Hall of Fame Member by Equitable, a Chartered Life Underwriter, and Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table. In 2000 he wrote a book, Becoming Your Own Banker, which would go on to have an impact on hundreds of thousands of people by teaching them how to create their own banking systems using dividend-paying whole life insurance. This book evolved into the Infinite Banking Concept, and Nelson enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. and Canada to lecture on the topic as the founding director of the Nelson Nash Institute. He is also the author of Building Your Warehouse of Wealth and co-author of The Case for IBC. Nelson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Birmingham for 28 years. He had a lifelong passion for music and was a long-term choir member and frequent vocal soloist. He was a voracious reader, and he especially enjoyed studying Austrian economics and history. He also enjoyed aviation and travel, often piloting his family to destinations around North America in small aircraft. Mr. Nash is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary Edwards Williams Nash. He is also survived by his three children: Debby Nash Mathews and her husband, Jake, Jr. of Anniston, AL, Dr. Barrington Nelson Nash and his wife, Claudia of Knoxville, TN, and Kimberly Nash Stearns and her husband, David of Birmingham. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren: Jeanette Mathews Griffey and her husband, Matthew of Jacksonville, AL, Virginia Mathews Ladner and her husband, Pattrick of Fayetteville, NC, Barrington Nelson Nash, Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Bethany Nash Finney and husband Jason of Washington, D.C., Ryan Williams Nash of Knoxville, Justin Forest Nash of Knoxville, Lauren Stearns Jensen and her husband, John III of Lexington, VA, Leigh Stearns Barganier and her husband, Jonathan, of Montgomery, AL, Robert Madison Stearns and his wife Suzanne of Atlanta, GA, and Taylor Paul Stearns and his wife Bethany of Savannah, GA. He is survived by nine great-grandchildren: Lucas Mathew Griffey, Savannah Nadine and Elijah Christian Ladner, John David (Jack) and Grace Annette Jensen, Nash Culver and Jonathan Edwards (Jeb) Barganier, Landis Wilder Stearns, and Bennett Madison Stearns. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Anne Wheless Nash, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewel Young Nash, Sr. and Sarah Annette Whittaker Nash, by his three brothers, Willis Winfield Nash, Jewel Young Nash, Jr., and Frederick Logan Nash, by his daughter-in-law, Janel Kong Nash, and by his great-grandson Austin Patrick Ladner. A funeral service will be held in Nelson’s honor at the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, 2209 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209, on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held immediately prior to the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nelson’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Birmingham, 2209 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209.
First Baptist Church of Birmingham
2209 Lakeshore Drive, Homewood, AL 35209
- Visitation Saturday, March 30, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, March 30, 2019
Robert Nelson Nash
April 3, 2019
I wish I would have met the man in person and discovered his ideas sooner in my own life. Thank you for being a gentleman, thank you for your love of the free market, thank you for your passion towards liberty and Austrian Theory of economics, thank you for the legacy of infinite banking. Your ideas have inspired me and my family will benefit for generations come. You have left a mark that is truly great for all humanity.
April 3, 2019
So many, many times I listened to Nelson's incredible words of financial wisdom at the BOY annual conferences in Michigan. Through his teachings to many 'students' he changed the financial lives for the better for hundreds of thousands of people. We will miss you dearly Nelson now that you have graduated. With much fondness to you and Mary. Marilyn
April 1, 2019
Dear Mary and family,
My heart is with you at this most difficult time.
My prayers are that you are comforted by the love that surrounds you and that love brings you strength and your memories bring you peace.
What fond memories I have of seeing Nelson teach a seminar, come to the BOY conferences and sitting with you, Mary, in the back row.
I know Nelson will undoubtedly be on the welcoming committee in his new digs.
Thank you for the sacrifices you all made to share Nelson with us and allow us to learn from him. The countless hours on the road and at events to bless others are not taken for granted. You always made people like me feel like part of the family and a part of something bigger than ourselves. Thank you for sharing him with us. God bless, Love and Hugs, Bekki (P.S. my efforts to attach a picture were in vain)
March 30, 2019
the passing of such beautiful soul... Thank you Nelson, for your wisdom, knowledge, and compassion.
My deepest condolences to your family.... You are loved, and remembered!
Anna Plowden Thomason
March 29, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Nash in Michigan in 2016. He was so smart, kind and easy to talk to. Every conversation taught me something new and valuable and he always made me feel as if he truly cared though we only met a few times. Glad to have known him. My condolences to Mary and family.
March 28, 2019
Condolences from Vancouver Canada. I had the privilege to meet Nelson, take his courses and read his books . He has had a great impact on my life and career. I am saddened to hear of his passing and give my condolences to his family.
March 28, 2019
As a fellow pilot and student of great philosophers, I admired you immediately when we first met! Your gracious invitation to the Nelson Nash “world headquarters” will never be forgotten. The kindness you, your lovely bride Mary, David, and you devoted family showed towards me was deeply felt. You changed lives with IBC! Mine included. I am an IBC practitioner today solely because of you. Rest well old mentor and friend! Please save us some seats up there! John
March 28, 2019
Nelson was such a Blessing and mentor to me. He would call and email me with words of encouragement and to share his words of wisdom with me!
He called me this past Christmas and we chatted for over an hour and I can still hear his voice as he explained Biblical stewardship and how I could share with others what he taught me.
My heart was heavy when I heard the news today of his passing but I know I will see him again when I meet him in heaven.
My heartfelt thanks to Nelson’s family for sharing him with us and my deepest condolences in this time of sadness!
March 27, 2019
Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Nelson. I pray for comfort for you and your family.
March 27, 2019
So saddened to hear this! Prayers of comfort for aunt Mary and the family. Much love to you all