Alexander City Mayor Jim Nabors died early Monday morning after emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage, city attorney Larkin Radney said.
Nabors, 76, had recently been admitted to UAB after falling at home but was discharged after a few days and was reportedly getting better.
Council president Tommy Spraggins automatically ascends to the mayor’s office and will serve out the remainder of Nabors’ term, which expires in October 2020, Radney said.
“I’m still in shock,” Radney said Monday morning. “We have lost a true leader who had a great vision for our city. He could handle the details, the minutiae, of accounting and continue to see the larger issues involved. He was great to work with. He was a great friend.”
Radney let out a deep sigh and added, “He will be missed.”
Radney said Nabors had been readmitted to the hospital and it was discovered he had an intestinal blockage.
“He went into emergency surgery around midnight and died shortly after surgery,” Radney said. “He died peacefully in his room and his family was with him.”
Nabors was elected mayor in 2016 with 73 percent of the vote in a runoff against incumbent Charles Shaw and had previously served as the chief financial officer for Russell Corp.
Radney said the city council has the option of picking a councilmember to replace Spraggins or calling for a special election in Spraggins’ district.