Mr. Albert Andrew Nagel Jr.
April 19, 1922 – November 23, 2019
Albert Andrew Nagel, Jr., age 97, of Lilburn, GA (formerly of Atlanta, GA) passed away on November 23, 2019. Mr. Nagel was born April 19, 1922 in Chicago, IL. He was the 5th of 10 children born to German immigrants.
He married the love of his life, Kathryn McKeigue on November 23, 1940. After the birth of his first two children, Albert John and Carol Ann, he enlisted in the Navy on July 13, 1944. Mr. Nagel trained in the Great Lakes and in the swamps of Louisiana. In the Philippines during WWII, he served as a Merchant Marine, Gunner’s Mate Third Class, under General MacArthur on the Liberty ship SS Helena Modjeska. While on the ship, he designed and built a speed boat from scratch and also helped remove the appendix of a fellow serviceman.
In 1948, the Nagel family moved to Racine, WI, where Al served as general manager of Thrifty Sandy’s for six years. In 1954 he moved his family to Atlanta, Ga to join Jacobson Manufacturing. He traveled to nine Southern states including Cuba and Puerto Rico, while setting company sales records for 13 years straight. After the move to Atlanta he had two more children, Bonnie Jean and Cheryl Lynn. Mr. Nagel was a longtime member of St. Anthony’s Church and served as their athletic coach for football and basketball.
In 1972, Mr. Nagel signed with Mr. Mini Bike in Decatur, GA. Soon after, he purchased the company and renamed it MCA Enterprises, Inc., which he ran with his son AJ. After an invitation to drive one of their kid karts at Barnesville Speedway, Al and AJ decided to venture into the go-kart racing business. The slogan, “Run up front with MCA” could be seen around go-kart tracks in Georgia and throughout the southeast. With their fast race engines and speed secrets, they helped countless drivers cross the finish line first. To help advance the sport of go-kart racing in Georgia, Mr. Nagel was instrumental in starting Dixie Karting Association. He was affectionately called “Boss Man” at the track, as he typically found a way to be in charge. After the closure of MCA in 1990, Al continued working sales positions until his mid-80s.
Throughout his life, he delighted friends and family with his gift of telling stories, whether they were about his heroics during WWII, his antics golfing with clients while a traveling salesman or an occasional rant about politics. His home was always an open door for friends and family for as long as they needed to stay.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years; Kathryn; his daughter, Carol Ann Bell; his daughter-in- law, Nancy Winters Nagel; his great-grandson, Matthew Nagel; his siblings, Mildred, Theresa, Norman, Clarence, Anna Rose, Edmond, and Joan; and his dear friends Jack & Lorraine Gray.
Surviving are son; Albert J. Nagel; daughters, Bonnie Jean Maddock and Cheryl Lynn Nagel; grandchildren, Diana Nagel Johnson, Angela Nagel Konzer, John Nagel, Charlotte Nagel Vann, Teresa Bell Jones, Kathryn Bell Belyew, Heath Maddock, Corey Maddock, Lacie Maddock Leoci, and Rudy Maddock; 38 great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and the dear brother of Don and Mary Lou.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, 135 Senoia Rd., Peachtree City, GA 30269. The family will receive friends Saturday morning prior to the service from 9 am to 11 am. Interment to follow at College Park Cemetery, with military honors.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations can be made to the Fayetteville chapter of Quilts of Valor, ATTN: Nettie Wilson, QOV Rep. South Atlanta Counties, 116 Trammel Rd., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Please note Albert Nagel, #21017
Quilts of Valor-(Fayetteville Chapter)
Attn: Nettie Wilson (#21017-Albert Nagel) QOV Rep. South Atlanta Counties, 116 Trammel Road , Fayetteville, GA 30214
- Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
- Interment to Follow Saturday, November 30, 2019
Mr. Albert Andrew Nagel Jr.
November 28, 2019
My other Dad!
I remember growing up with two strong role models.
From an early age strict discipline of two military men helped mold me into the man I am today.
Gramps as i called him introduced me to so many things its hard to pinpoint the most important one thing thst influenced me the most.
If i had to pick id say the exsposure to machine work became a life long pasion.
Gramps was an iron worker in the shipyards prior to his navy service and brought that knowledge to bare at MCA as i grew up.
He still influences me today as i make my living as a precision machinist.
I find myself repeating many of his little sayings and mannerisms. A mixmash of my Dad and Grandfather
Im becoming more like them as the years go by.
Not at all a bad thing .
I hope I live as long . I hope I am as well respected and loved as he when I go.
November 27, 2019
RIP, Uncle Al. It was always a wonderful event when he would make a trip up North to visit with us Yankee relatives. He was a great storyteller and we enjoyed sitting around as he held court and regailed us with his memories. God Bless the Nagel family.
Greg Violand husband of Maryann Nagel, Cleveland, OH.
November 27, 2019
Grandpa I always thought you would live forever. You were so unashamedly you. I recall asking you how you could live on coffee alone and not ever drink water. Your response, "Coffee has water in it!" Or how about those Danishes and donuts everyday? You said, "I've lived this long and I'm not going to change now. Might as well enjoy my life while I'm still living it!" You were never afraid to give your opinion. BUT you were also so full of love and compassion ❤️
I will always be impacted by your humbleness and your example of honor and loyalty. I will miss your war stories, your chuckle, and your bear hugs most of all. Please kiss Grandma Kay and my momma for me 😘 We love you!