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In Memory Of David Naile

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The Lake Martin area lost a friend and businessman when David Naile died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at his home.

All services will be held at:

Leak – Memory Chapel
945 Lincoln Road
Montgomery, AL 36109

Visitation: Thursday, April 15, 2010 –  1:30 PM

Funeral: Thursday, April 15, 2010 – 3:00 PM

Obituary: Montgomery Advertiser

The family requests that any donations be made to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Nail’s Convenience Store will close Thursday at noon and re-open Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:00 AM. After that it will be business as usual.

A Few Words About David

If Kowaliga is ever incorporated into a real town, I think David Naile should be posthumously named Mayor Emeritus.

When David retired from the state and ran his convenience store and storage businesses full time, he put Kowaliga businesses on the map. When I was growing up, there was Spike’s gas station, but I can never remember anything going on there. Other than stepping over that lame German Shepard, gawking at the stuffed rattlesnake, and buying Fun Dip, there wasn’t much pizazz.

David’s “Nail’s Convenience Store” was and is a Lake Martin anomaly. While many corner groceries out in the country are dimly lit, poorly staffed, and have questionable inventory, Nail’s was and is the opposite – bright, clean, high ceilings, and full of friendly people. Finally, folks on the Kowaliga side of the lake had a decent place to get gas, the paper, and even some good beer, wine, and groceries.

I also am thankful to David for leasing me my office space. I enjoyed getting to know him and talking to him about business and Lake Martin in general.  David was a tireless promoter of the Kowaliga area, an eternal optimist about the prospects of growth and opportunity here. He was always thinking about the next step, the next small business that he could help to get started to improve “our” little commerce center.

I mourn his passing.  I grieve with his family, but I’m glad that David’s businesses will continue.

Also, I will ask you, reader:

Are you discouraged?

“That God decided to save His people gives us confidence that ‘neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Rom. 8:38–39). If you trust Christ and feel discouraged this day, be comforted in your knowledge that the Lord has you in His hand and will never let you go.” – Ligonier Ministries

“3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him
and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,

7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!” – Psalm 8:3-9