Nathaniel A. Angel

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The last Rant of an Angry Black Man was written on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Nathaniel A. Angel, blessed this world with 67 years of wit, humor and unapologetic Blackness.

Born on October 8, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio to Rosetta K. Angel and William Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Taunda Angel. Nathaniel was a proud graduate of East High School Class of 1970. He attended the University of Notre Dame on an Academic Scholarship but walked on to the illustrious football team and played for two seasons. He was known for his WNDU radio show that was a celebration of Black music. Nathaniel married Vanessa Parker the day after graduating from Notre Dame with a Bachelors in Government. They raised two children together, Nathaniel II and Angela Angel in South Bend, Indiana where his knack for numbers landed him in banking at 1st Source. During his eighteen years there, he remained committed to bettering his community. Nathaniel led a team to finance the College Football Hall of Fame, helped provide financing for many minority businesses, was active in the Urban League, NAACP, and other civic organizations. He was a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Nathaniel returned to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio to work on the 2004 Presidential Election. He loved politics and climbed the ranks of the Ohio Democratic Party becoming the African American Caucus Director. He was heavily involved in the Columbus Civilian Community Board and Ohio Black Expo to name a few. Nathaniel spent his latter years traveling between Indiana and Ohio where he maintained strong community ties. He also lived part time in Prince George’s County Maryland, where he helped his daughter run for and win a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. Nathaniel spent the final years of his life dedicated to uplifting and empowering the Black community. He truly embodied the belief “I am my brother’s keeper”.

Nathaniel is survived by his children Nathaniel Allen Angel II (Lakeshia C. Hall), Angela Monique Angel, his grandchildren; Antonia Q. Angel(25), Natrianna N. Angel(23), MasonMarie A. Humphrey (17), Nathaniel A. Angel III(16), Nazir A. Angel(15), Navar A. Angel(14), Kyrie S. Angel-Humphrey, KieShawn J. Sintrail(14), Darrius G. Jones-Humphrey II (12), Prince N. Angel(12), Josiah Jones-Humphrey (11), Nalin A. Angel(10), Yael Y.R. Humphrey (7), his brother Carlton (Jenette), Rhonda Robinson (friend), aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of family and friends.

A private visitation and memorial service will be held, Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, The Chapel of Peace North at 1pm.

Condolence Messages

  1. Georgette Cobbs, San Francisco-Bay Area

    My deepest condolences. Rest Peacefully in Heaven.

  2. AnitA YVETTE Morris Cobb

    R.I.P.AngelYvette Cobb Notre Dame class of 1974❤️

  3. Sandra & Sam Gresham Jr

    God bless Nathaniel’s family. We’ll miss his engaging conversations.

  4. LaShai Simpson

    To my cousins I can’t say you will be okay because I haven’t experienced this situation. Know that your Saint Louis family will continue to pray for healing and strength. We love Y’all.

  5. You where a very good friend and class mate I will always remember you may you R.I.P. until we meet again class 1970

  6. No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.
    Nathaniel and I worked together at COWIC. He was like a big brother to me. He kept me on my toes while keeping it real but also had a dose of humor mixed in. I am truly at a loss for words. He will truly be missed. My heart and prayers are with you all.
    God BLESS! Kimberly A.

  7. Lynnie Gertrude Powell

    To my dear dear Friend Nathaniel, I will miss you so much.
    You were my hero, made me laugh, brought so much
    Joy to my life.
    Taught me how to take risk , and learn from them.
    A black man’s black man you were.
    Rest in piece my brother❤️❤️

  8. Suzanne Marilley

    I’m deeply saddened by the news of Nate’s passing. I met him in Columbus during the 2004 Kerry campaign for President. Nate tirelessly invested his political acumen and time in strengthening the OH Democratic Party. He opened eyes to the ways to establish inclusion and unify the party. His voice and energy will be missed. I extend my heartfelt sympathies to all members of Nate’s family and close friends.

  9. James Mack Nutter

    I want to wish the family of Nathaniel Angel my deepest condolences…

  10. William Dodson

    A fine gentleman and servant leader. He had a passion for community and was earnest in pursuing opportunity for others. A great discussion partner and enriched our conversations with grace and humanity. Will be missed greatly!

  11. Judge Elaine Marshall Class of 77

    Rest In Peace. Job well done

  12. East High School Class of 1970 Committee

    To the Family of Nat Angel on behalf of the East High School Class of 1970. We wish to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to our classmates Family. We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. May God Bless you all and keep you safe in his arms during this very difficult time.
    EHS Tiger Always.

  13. Cherrie Durant

    nathaniel will be missed very much. Nathaniel and I worked together at COWIC. We start at the same time. We became good friends & seemed that we were inseparable. I will miss him very much. Rest In Peace

  14. My condolences to the family. May God lift your heavy hearts.

  15. Daniel Gonzalez, ND

    Condolences to the Angels.

  16. Was interested in Mr. Angel’s obituary in the Dispatch and fascinated by his life and contributions to making the community a better place for all people. He passed too early but left big footprints.

  17. I was deeply saddened and shocked hearing of my friend Nathaniel’s passing. He and I were childhood friends and attended East High School together – playing Tiger football. As adults we went our separate ways, but later found each other on Face Book where we shared our political views and love for family and community. I was hoping to visit with him at some point in the near future. I send to all the family members my sincere condolences. The Rantings of the Angry Black Man will not be forgotten. Peace and Comfort

  18. I just learned about Nathaniel’s passing today. I’m still in shock.
    I met Nathaniel in 1970 at Notre Dame as part of the Freshmen class. I was just a regular kid from the Bronx, but Nathaniel was A FOOTBALL STAR, that resided a few doors down from me in Alumni Hall. I remember his radio show on WNDU and his call sign Angel. He was Awesome.
    I left Notre Dame in 1973 and lost touch with my UND friends. In 2019 while attempting to contact anyone from ND, I found Angel via Facebook. I read and enjoyed many of his Rants, and one day hoped see him in person in Columbus. My condolences to his family. SIP my friend.

  19. Dear Angela Angel,

    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Condolences! Genesis 3:23-24

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