Let the memory of Dale be with us forever.
  • 76 years old
  • Born on April 9, 1942 in Laurel, Mississippi, United States.
  • Passed away on November 3, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States.

Dale Nowell, 76, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, SC after a 9 year battle with Alzheimer's.  He was surrounded by family in his last few days.

He leaves his wife of 55 years, Gail Nowell; his daughter, Tristie Mitlyng, his son, Trent Nowell; his grandson, Graham Nowell; his daughter-in-law Emily Nowell; his son-in-law, Dave Mitlyng; his sisters, Charlene Todd, Myrna Holifield and Anna Burns; his niece Jamie Strebeck; his nephew Jeff Todd and many close friends and family.

Born and raised in Laurel, MS, the son of Sarah Elizabeth and Andy Nowell, he was the youngest of five children with four older sisters.  First and foremost, Dale was the quintessential family man.  He loved and would do anything for his family, including his friends.

Loyalty was one of Dale's greatest values.  Not only was he loyal to his family, but he worked for one company, State Farm Insurance, from college graduation until he retired 36 years later.  Dale worked his way from a Claims Adjuster right out of college all the way up to become an Executive Vice President of Operations for the state of California.  Dale's career took him and his family to many wonderful locations, including Georgia, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Illinois.  

Dale was humble, kind, intelligent, loving, funny and patriotic.  

Starbucks lost one of their most loyal customers in Dale.  He enjoyed his daily 'tall, non-fat, decaf latte' and slice of banana nut bread.  It wasn't just about the coffee, in fact more importantly, Dale loved socializing and getting to know the employees and other regulars at Starbucks.  Dale never met a stranger and loved talking with people.  

Dale also loved:

  • Fishing
  • Mississippi State football; this made Thanksgiving always fun since his son went to Ole Miss
  • Anything sweet
  • Walking
  • Golf
  • His pets over the years: King, Bitsy, Webster and Baron
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Puzzles and Word games
  • Card Tricks
  • Trips to the grocery store; he literally went to the grocery store everyday of his life!  He just loved being around people that much.

His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he interacted with as well as those he has touched but never met.  

Please share your stories about Dale in the 'Stories' section.  You can also help continue his kindness by making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers:

Alzheimer's Association in Memory of Dale Nowell

As per request, funeral services will be private and for immediate family only.  

Thank you everyone for sharing your stories about Dale.  God Bless.

Posted by Glen Melton on 14th November 2018
Dale and I crossed paths when I joined the home office personnel relations team. He was a bright spot in the department with his easy southern drawl and tremendous sense of humor. Dale fit into the group well, and despite enjoying pranks and office fun, Dale had a high sense of responsibility and achievement. Dale's very successful executive career is a testament to the strength of his character. To Gail and family, Liz and I send our sincere condolences. Glen Melton
Posted by David Mitlyng on 11th November 2018
You couldn’t ask for a nicer father-in-law than Dale. When Tristie and I started dating he immediately treated me like family. Every visit he made sure the Vikings game was on, took me golfing, and NEVER let me pick up a check. And the jokes! “The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws on the other two hides.” Terrible! But you had to laugh because he was laughing so hard. When we got engaged he jokingly (I think) offered a nice wedding gift if I could convince Tristie to elope. Sorry, Dale, I tried! Thank you for making this Yankee feel welcome.
Posted by David Powell on 10th November 2018
Thinking about Dale can only bring a smile to my face. I was fortunate enough to interview with Dale in Corporate as I came out of the Air Force. I can honestly say that he was the reason I began at State Farm. What a pleasant and caring person. We had many opportunities to interact over the next 30+ years and each interaction was looked at as a real treat. We have truly lost "one of the good ones". My thoughts and prayers go out to Dale's family.
Posted by Drew Hamilton on 10th November 2018
Shared by Drew Hamilton on 5th November 2018 Dale and I worked together in the executive office of St Farm in Georgia. We opened the region in 1991, and as his son Trent has said,he got to know all the employees personally. You could not ask for a better man to work with. Dale was intelligent, loyal and a great leader. Everyone respected him. He loved his family and what a wonderful wife,Gail and family he had. He was proud of his Mississippi roots and loved his Miss St Bulldogs. How he ever let his son go to Ole Miss is a mystery. I’m sure every check he wrote to his hated rival school was hard. Dale will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was certainly one of the best people I had the pleasure of working with. Drew and Gail Hamilton
Posted by Mary Bitzer on 9th November 2018
I had the good fortune to partner with Dale and Greg Jones in the late 90’s when we worked to create a California Zone for State Farm. Dale was always a team player, kind, loyal and generous to all who worked with him. My heart goes out to you, Gail and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jay Guertin on 9th November 2018
I first met Dale when we were both working in Personnel. Years later we worked in management in California. Dale was always upbeat and with a smile on his face. I can honestly say I never met anyone who didn’ like and respect Dale. He positively touched many lives. To the family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Dale for yours was a life well lived.
Posted by Milford Rosemond on 8th November 2018
On June 6, 1975, I started my career with State Farm Insurance. Dale Nowell was the person who interviewed me and offered a position with the company. I will always be thankful for the generosity and professionalism to Dale for bringing me into a fine organization. To Gail and family, my prayers and thoughts are with you. May God bless you and keep you.
Posted by Jo-Anne Weingarden on 8th November 2018
Our friendship became immediate: Jerry and I were so grateful for having met a couple so loving, caring and sharing. We became family, sharing holidays, happy events laughter and tears. Before having been blessed with their own beautiful grandson, they adopted our two grandsons as their own …and they were known lovingly as Miss Gail and Mr. Dale. Mr. Dale would always take them fishing..providing everything they needed…but most of all the tender teaching and encouragement. Little did we know, that he would also prepare the waters in front of their home with Baron’s dog food, to create an abundance of fish for “our boys” A gentler and loving man has never walked this earth. Forever in our hearts, Jo-Anne and Jerry Weingarden
Posted by Vince Trosino on 8th November 2018
I first met Dale when he joined the Personnel function at State Farm's corporate office. His dedication to his work was without question but it was his positive relationships with people that made him an admired and respected leader throughout his career. A very fine man will be missed and well remembered. God Bless.
Posted by Susan Flessner on 7th November 2018
I met Dale in Pennsylvania. At that time my last name was Hockenberry. Dale was always so kind and caring. He always had a smile and I always loved his southern drawl! My heart goes out to you Gail and your family. Take care. We will always have the fond memories of Dale with us forever!
Posted by Dave Nichols on 7th November 2018
Dale always had the most contagious smile and ability to get along with anyone. Lila and I met Dale and Gail in PA, and Dale and I worked closely as a team with Charlie and Don, and of course Greg. Work was fun, but focused whenever Dale was a part of it. Professionally and socially, he was the best. Dale and I worked together in Bloomington and, Dale, as Sr. EA was the best in keeping all of the EA's out of trouble. Gail, Tristie, and Trent - your husband/dad loved you all dearly and daily. Seldom did a day go by when Dale did not make a positive loving comment about each of you. Dale, positive memories will be lasting, and we know the Lord has put you in a better place, and we are grateful for the difference you made in our lifes. Dave & Lila
Posted by Marlin Dawdy on 6th November 2018
Dale and I first met when he helped open the new State Farm Regional Office in Georgia. He became not only my boss, but a mentor and a "best friend". He had an exceptional ability to connect with people, demonstrated on a regular basis by how he would walk through the office, stopping not only to say hello to almost every employee on his way by, but taking the time to ask about their family or their latest adventure. And oh how he enjoyed playing Santa during the holidays, stumbling through the office in his Santa outfit with a couple of elves at his side, handing out candy canes and wishing each a Merry and Happy Holiday. I especially remember the Saturday mornings Dale and I spent golfing together at The Champions Club, the occasions Dixie and I enjoyed his and Gail's company at various social gatherings during our time together in Atlanta, as well as the several visits we enjoyed following both our retirements. Moments in time that Dixie and I will forever cherish. Our deepest condolences to Gail and to all of the Nowell family. Marlin & Dixie Dawdy
Posted by Greg Jones on 6th November 2018
Dale and I worked together in 3 states ( ILL, Pa, and Ca ) over 30 plus years. We traveled, golfed and laughed all over the world. He was a mentor, confidant and most importantly a dear friend. Through all those years I’ve not met anyone with more integrity, compassion and heart than Dale. He left a footprint wherever he went. Gail, Trent and Tristie, Helen and I have you in our prayers. God bless.
Posted by Donald Cook on 6th November 2018
Dale and I worked together in Pennsylvania. I remember him as a good friend who had the great combination of high intelligence, integrity, and most of all a wonderful sense of humor. He was someone everyone enjoyed being with. I especially remember the Fridays after work he and our other Fire Co. staff would meet for "attitude adjustment " . I consider Dale as one of the finest persons I have ever had the privilege to have known.
Posted by Rob Lauterbach on 5th November 2018
Gail, Tristie, and Trent, When Gail called last week, and when Trent shared “Dale Nowell’s Memorial Website” with me, I was overwhelmed with great memories of Dale and his family. What a great friend. Gail and I still laugh at the Personnel stunts Dale and I initiated in the 1970’s. Dale and Gail welcomed Cheryl and I to the great Pennsylvania experience. They also welcomed us to their homes in Florida. Dale was always a friend who would do anything for you. What a great genuine guy. What a legacy and great Nowell family he leaves behind. Blessings to Gail, Trent, Tristie, and their families. I will never forget you, Buddy.
Posted by Jim Burwell on 5th November 2018
Dale will be so missed by all the people he touched in his life. When I worked for him in Georgia i was amazed that he knew every employee in the office; hundreds! Our condolences to the Nowell family.

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