AJC SEPIA GREEK SPOTLIGHT: ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. | myajc.com
NEW ORLEANS, La. — I’ve gotten to the age when I periodically receive those calls or texts with unexpected sad news.
It is the wake-up call when you hear a high school or college classmate has died and you realize that you’re not as young as you think. More often though it is news of a relative or some beloved teacher. I received one of the messages recently.
“Did you hear? Bro. Nunnally died.”
Bro. Nunnally was none other than the Rev. David H. Nunnally of Athens.
I met him early in 1986 as I attended the interest meeting for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia. Rev. Nunnally was introduced as the chapter’s advisor. Medium build with a pleasant demeanor, he was definitely an old school type of dude. Once I was selected to pledge, I ended up beginning a relationship with a man that lasted almost 30 years.
Yes, he was the guide for our chapter. But reflecting on this Founder’s Day, not only did Bro. Nunnally teach me what it meant to be an Alpha, but he also unknowingly taught and reinforced values that would make me a good husband, father, and college president (which de facto is father for hundreds of students).
In the spring of 1986, my line brothers and I spent time with Bro. Nunnally and his family on numerous occasions.