Alvan Likely


Alvan Jeanye Likely (affectionately known as “Nana”) was born on September 30, 1943 in Garland, Alabama to the late Clyde and Virginia Jacobs. She was the second oldest of 10 siblings.

Nana was the oldest daughter in her family and was loved, adored and well respected by her siblings. An avid lover of knowledge, Nana excelled in high school and later went on to receive her B.A. in Education with minors in Psychology and Biology at College of Saint Mary of the Springs (Ohio Dominican University) and soon after earned a M.A. in Secondary Education from Mary Grove College.

Nana was an educator at heart. She served the community for over 40 years as a teacher for Columbus City Schools and in multiple other schools in the surrounding area. She was often stopped in public by her former students singing her praises and thanks for being a positive role model in their lives. Nana was a problem solver and was one who individuals would consult with when in need of sage advice.

Nana was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and utilized her connections within the organization to be of further service to the community. She loved the Lord and enjoyed reading the Bible, praying and worshiping in her free time. She was highly involved in the church and was a member of Travelers’ Rest Missionary Baptist Church for much of her adult life.

Nana met the love of her life Howard E. Likely in Alabama. They married on November 7th, 1964 and had two children: Rodney V. Likely and Sidney A. Likely.

Nana is preceded in death by her husband Mr. Howard E. Likely, her brothers LaFarric Jacobs and Howard “Charlie” Jacobs and her sister Johnnie Maye Jacobs. She is survived by her 6 brothers: Norman Jacobs, Herbert (Wilneta) Jacobs, Frederick (May) Jacobs, Richard Jacobs, James Jacobs, and Franklin Jacobs. She is also survived by her sons: Rodney Likely and Sidney Likely, 7 grandchildren, 6 great children and a host of nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and close friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Friday, February 18, 2022 at Travelers Rest Baptist Church, 1533 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.


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