The ceremony for Nathan was held very near third base where he spent a lot of time shagging ground balls and gunning throws over to first as he played youth baseball. Nathan died Tuesday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident not far from his home. Not too far from the ball field where he laid Saturday.
During the hour-long service several folks got up to say a few words including his third-grade teacher Bill Wilson, who is also a longtime Rocky Grove baseball coach. Wilson talked about how Nathan was a team leader and the importance of being a team in everything in life to the other players in attendence.
It was obvious that Nathan loved baseball and being outdoors, so it was fitting to hold the service at the Orioles home firld
Pastor Randy Powell oversaw the ceremony. He said it was his first funeral for someone under 40 and certainly the first on a baseball field. Gardinier Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
At the end of the ceremony guests were asked if they wanted to write a note on Nathan's casket. Many did as more tears were shed and hugs of support surrounded family and friends.
At the end, Nathan's teammates and coaches were the pallbearers. As they carried Nathan off the field they paused at home plate for a moment.
The community said goodbye to own of their own.