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The Outlook announced Alexander City Mayor Jim Nabors’ death Monday morning and shortly after, heartfelt comments came flooding in on our Facebook page.

The community has taken a hard hit with the death of Nabors. It would be hard for a city to lose a mayor in general but in a small town like Alexander City it is even harder. Additionally, the community has grown close to Mayor Nabors. He hasn’t just been a person behind a desk in the mayor’s office; he’s been a staple of our community since his election in 2016. He’s been the face of Alex City since serving as mayor and he will be deeply missed.

Nabors did a lot of great work for Alex City and he was not done. He showed our city exemplary leadership and had an excellent plan for Alex City. He made good decisions in the short term but always had the long-term goals in mind. He had a big vision for the future of Alex City and knew what we needed to do to grow into it and make it happen.

We are sad his time as mayor and on Earth was cut short but know he is in a better place now where there is no pain, stress or problems at all.

Here are some comments from our Facebook page:

“This is such heartbreaking news; I am truly (saddened). He always opened his arms for a hug, had a funny joke or something to say about my smile! Praying for his family.”

— Miranda Wyckoff

“He was the kindest man, always smiling!”

— Mike N Monica Maples

“Tragic news. Jim has been a great asset for Alexander City for many years. Job well done and condolences to his family and friends.”

— David Willis

“This is a major loss for Alex City. So sad. Blessings on his family.”

— Kay Beasley

“Jim was such a good man and is going to be missed by Alexander City.”

— Jeanette Simpson

“So very sad … AC has lost a great man.”

— Virginia Edge Heath

“Sad news. Alex City has lost a good man and leader. Prayers for Mayor Jim Nabors’ family.”

— Sandra Harris

“He was a great man and leader. He will be missed!”

— Christi Scroggins Jones

“This (is) so heartbreaking. I always thought the world of Jim Nabors, he was truly a kind soul.”

— Jana Bishop

This was written by Outlook editorial staff using comments from our Facebook page.