Jerry Noland passed away February 2, 2021. He was the former Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA. Mr. Noland was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He was very caring and loved working with kids. He was an inspirational mentor who was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Boys & Girls Club members, and many saw him as a father figure.Mr. Noland, a native of West Virginia, was a 43 year veteran of the Boys & Girls Clubs movement. After his graduation from Fairmont State University in 1961, Mr. Noland served as Physical Director at the Schenectady Boys Club in Schenectady, New York from 1961-1963. From 1963-1965 he was Physical Director at the Grenville Baker Boys Club Locust Valley, Long Island, New York.In 1965 Mr. Noland returned to his native state to become the First Executive Director of the Salvation Army Boys Club in Charleston, West Virginia where he served until 1972. Later that year he became the First Executive Director of the Boys Clubs of Escambia County, Inc. in Pensacola, Florida where he served until 1980.From February 1, 1980 until May 31, 2003 Mr. Noland was Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA. Through the efforts of his Board of Directors, the Augusta Housing Authority, the United Way of the CSRA, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America he opened the Dogwood Terrace Boys & Girls Club on May 2, 1994 and he obtained grants and donations to open the Thomson Boys & Girls Club on July 5, 1999.Mr. Noland was a member of the National Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association, the Peach State Chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association, and was a certified Boys & Girls Clubs worker. He served as President of the Peach State Chapter in 1986 and was Executive Secretary of the Georgia Area Council for two years.Mr. Noland was named Peach State Professional of the Year in 1986. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 1991 from the National Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association, and he was the recipient of the “Light the Path” Award from Boys and Girls Clubs of America – Southeast Region in 2003.Mr. Noland was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Noland. He is survived by his three daughters, Sharon Norred (Rick) of Pensacola, Florida, Debbie Ash and Ann Noland, both of Augusta; five grandchildren, Tarrah Holton of Pensacola, Florida, Meagan Annis (Jamie Godin) of Atlanta, Georgia, Lindsey Cross (Trey) of Bradenton, Florida, Savannah Ash and Ryan Ash, both of Augusta; four great-grandchildren, Kaylah Holton and Jaylyn Holton, both of Pensacola, Florida, and Denver Cross and Cora Cross, both of Bradenton, Florida; brother, Ron Noland of Augusta.Mr. Noland was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.Memorials may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, 206 Milledge Road, Augusta, Georgia 30904 or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4303 Wheeler Road, Martinez, Georgia 30907.
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