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“Nancy, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I pray that God will comfort you and your family and give you strength to face each new day. May God...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: penny p. embry - suwanee, GA

“Van was a wonderful man and you were lucky to have him if only for the time that you did. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Adalyn Smith Watts - Atlanta, GA

“I'm afraid I don't have many memories of my Uncle in his later years. My memories of Uncle Van go back to when I was under six. My family was over...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Sydney Presley Jowski - Madison, AL

“Aunt Nancy: I am very sorry for your loss, I am thinking of you. Fíona ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Fíona Thérèse - FL

“Nancy, I'm so sorry to hear about Van and didn't realize it in yoga class or I would have said something. While I only met him a few times, he was...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Whit Duskin

“Condolences to you and your family Nancy. ❤ ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Dana Gaskin Wenig - Shoreline, WA

“Nancy, We were so saddened to hear of Van's passing. You and your family continue to be in our thoughts. I just hope you're all able to find some...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Sarah Bancroft Bearse and family - GA

“Nancy, a beautiful person whom I would love to have at least met. God be with all of you and share each other's comfort. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Frani Boberg - Farmville, NC

“Nancy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Tom and Marge - Blairsville, PA

“I have some very happy that you two found each other. You had a relationship to celebrate and cherish and that will never end. My love is with you. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: sandra moran - Kennesaw, GA

“I'm so sad to hear of Van's passing but so happy to know that he was such a good husband and father. His life story serves to inspire. We all are...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Mike Tassone - New Hyde Park, NY

“Mr. Presley Happened To Be Funniest Teacher At Westover High School Yes He Was A Math Teacher. But You Could Actually Tell He Cared About The Well...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Jillian Wilson - Albany, GA

“Nancy: We grieve for your loss of this fine man, your husband. Van was a very interesting man, according to this short and honest obit. Wish I...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Gordon and Evelyn McKemie - KY

“I am so sorry to hear of this loss, but it sounds like he lived every single day of his life to the fullest and blessed many people richly. My...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Sally Warrener - Leesburg, GA

“Even though I can't be there, my warmest wishes and deepest sentiment are with you all through this time. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: WIlliam Hinely - Madison, AL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Van will always be with you. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Brenda & Larry McLeod - Albany, GA

“Dear Nancy and family of Van. I am saddened by the passing of Van, a long time friend. My sincere sympathy to you and all the Presley family. I...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Spanfelner - Albany, GA

“Dear Nancy, I am saddened to hear of Van's passing. May God give you and all of the family strength and peace during this very difficult time. ...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Diane (Dremel) Lamb - Leesburg, GA

A Memorial Service for Gordon Van Presley, known to his friends as "Van", will be held at Kimbrell Stern Chapel, Saturday, August 23 at 3:00. Visitation will be Friday night at 6:00 at 1112 Glenview Road and at Kimbrell Stern an hour before the service.
Mr. Presley died Thursday, August 7 at Willson Hospice House, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Hempstead, NY to an Air Force family that moved many times. His father was Maj. James Boyd Presley, Jr. of Scottsboro, Ala., and his mother was Margaret Corbett Presley of Deridder, La. He is survived by his wife, Nancy J. Presley of Albany, sons Asa Nathan Leffer and Forrest Elias Leffer of Athens, formerly of Albany, and Corbett Marks Presley, Albany; brothers James Boyd Presley III of Huntsville Ala., Jeff Corbett Presley of Albany, and sister Vivian Presley Gunter of Huntsville; brothers-in-law Chuck Jones of Albany, Elliott Jones of Atlanta, Bill Willson of Atlanta, George Bancroft of Alpharetta; sisters-in-law Bonnie Presley of Huntsville, Susan Willson of Atlanta, Jody Bancroft of Alpharetta, Amy Jones of Albany and Melissa Thurmond of Atlanta; Mother-in-law Jo Elliott Jones, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Presley graduated from Westover High School in 1971, worked odd jobs to make enough money to drive an old car to Humbolt County, Ca. to study Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He was a strong believer in the teachings of Jesus and practiced TM daily the rest of his life.
He settled in Albany and worked variously as a garbage man, a butcher, a dog obedience trainer, a land surveyor, a piano technician and a high school math teacher and soccer coach. His brother, Jim, bought Zoellner Music Company and subsequently sold it to Van, who renamed it Albany Keyboard Specialist. Van could singlehandedly move your grandmother's piano out of your attic down three flights of stairs and restore it inside and out. He tuned pianos for many local churches, piano teachers, pianists and visiting stars.
He graduated from Darton and earned a degree in Math from Albany State, graduating with the highest grade point average in the department. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Math Education from Georgia Southwestern and taught math at Dougherty and Westover High Schools, coaching soccer at both schools.
A life-long Do-it-Yourselfer, endurance athlete and adventurer, Van Presley was a triathlete, kayaker and a long-distance bicyclist, specializing in centuries (100-mile rides). He was an active member of the Pecan City Pedalers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Albany Community Hospice, in gratitude for their kindness and service. We particularly appreciate the home hospice nurses, and our own Leslie Sellers.
A life is not measured by its length.