Reverend James H. Nason

January 25, 1945 - November 2, 2017

Service Date: November 10, 2017

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Goodwin Mills United Methodist Church, 55 Church St., in Lyman. Following the service, you may visit with Rev. Nason's family in the parish hall.

Reverend James H. Nason, 72, a longtime resident of Sanford, died peacefully with his family by his side on November 2, 2017, at the Newton Center in Sanford.

James was born on January 25, 1945, in Sanford the son of Howard and Rena (Gerrish) Nason.

A young man, James knew he would help people through ministry and began his education in Springvale, graduating from Nasson College with a degree in history; and then graduated from Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts. From the early 1970’s, Rev. Nason has served in the United Methodist faith beginning with his first church in Bethel; serving many congregations, including Portland, Kezar Falls, and Limestone.

James met his future wife, Barbara (Babb) Nason during his ministry in Bethel and they were blessed with 43 years of marriage. Together, they worked side by side building their home in the woods. They both enjoyed traveling and discovering new cultures and regions. They especially loved exploring England and Scotland. James also traveled to Norway, Egypt, and his special journey to Jerusalem added to his faith and education in his spiritual life.

Rev. Nason had many interests and hobbies including photography and Civil War history. He was an avid reader and Star Trek fan. He enjoyed going to the cinema with his wife Barbara. James also had the gift of listening to others who were struggling with life’s many challenges. He was morally strong, with a deep seated sense of what was right and what was wrong; his high standards guided his ministry and daily life. Many sought his counsel, knowing James would have a path to guide them.

James will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Barbara Nason; his stepchildren, Christine Swain, Joan Greenleaf, and Bruce Greenleaf; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Daniel Nason.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 10, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Goodwin Mills United Methodist Church, 55 Church St., in Lyman. Rev. Edward Bove will officiate and immediately following the service, you may visit with the family in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Goodwin Mills United Methodist Church.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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