Donnie Nabors was born on September 26, 1955, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Will Nabors and Zerline Turntine. He was one of seven siblings.
Growing up in St. Louis, Donnie spent his early days hanging out with his best friend, Hence Farland. Hence and Donnie remained friends for over 50 years. After graduating high school, Donnie joined the United States Army in October 1974. On October 31, 1994, after 20 years of dedicated service, he was honorably discharged.
Donnie was a business-minded individual. Following his military career, he worked for Williams Communications where he was responsible for the telecommunication enterprises by installing network cables around the country. His travels led him to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he met the love of his life and soulmate, Colleen Payne, in January 2002. The two were married six months later on July 14, 2002. Donnie and Colleen would then work together to grow a legacy in business. He joined Mobile Cardiac Imaging (MCI) where he later became the CEO and helped pioneer the company to become the largest service-disabled veteran-owned laboratory in the United States.
Donnie was an advocate for living life to the fullest and being intentional about your actions. He was a man of genuine intentions, and a friend to whom you could turn and on whom you could rely.
Donnie was preceded in death by his father, Will Nabors; sister, Mary Nabors; and brother, Cleo Turntine, Jr. Those left to cherish precious memories include his wife, Colleen J. Payne-Nabors; daughter, Maya Nabors; son, Isam Berry III; mother, Zerline Turntine; siblings - Karen Nabors, Jeffery Nabors (Sandra), Jody Cullins, and Marsha Nabors; and a host of nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends.