NHC resident keeps hallways hot, staff members laughing

Posted By | October 21, 2013 12:00 am

Donald Nash, 84, a resident at NHC Healthcare of Sparta, says he enjoys visiting and playing bingo.

Ask anyone at NHC Healthcare of Sparta about Donald Nash and a smile — maybe even a chuckle — will be the immediate reaction.
“He’s a hoot,” they say.
At 84, Donald Nash now spends his days at NHC, visiting with friends and playing bingo.
It’s a switch from when he was younger, traveling to different cities, working a variety of jobs.
Nash says he grew up in Baxter.
“ I stayed there until I got out of school,” he said.
After finishing school, he moved to Detroit, MI, to work with Pontiac for three years.
“I stayed there for three years and liked to froze to death,” he said.
Since then, he’s worked in Lebanon, TN, and even Florida.
“I stayed in Florida for 21 years,” he said.
There, he worked for a frozen foods company.
“I’ve worked in nearly everything over the years,” he added.
At one point he was even a truck driver; delivering fruit and goods.
Along the way, he got married — and later divorced. He later remarried.
He has three children and six grandchildren.
In 1986, he lost his second wife and a son — both, to cancer.
Nash’s struggle with diabetes made him a double amputee, confined to a motorized wheelchair.
But, he doesn’t let that stop him.
He playfully jokes with an NHC staff member about keeping the facility’s hallways hot — from staying involved.
When he’s not “running the halls,” Nash can be found playing — and winning at — bingo or visiting with other residents.

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