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Columbia Missourian

Kermit Nations Jr. was an artist, veteran, devoted partner

By Elle Hoffman
February 14, 2013 | 5:22 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Kermit Nations was a multifaceted man.

He was an artist who specialized in drawing; crayons were his medium of choice. He loved taking care of his plants. He was a regular church-goer and a veteran of the Navy.

Last year, he also assumed the role of newlywed, at least in the mind of his partner, Christopher J. Davidson. Nations and Davidson exchanged vows at a moonlit ceremony in Nifong Park on Sept. 29, 2012, although they were never legally married.

Kermit "Mat" Gentry Nations, Jr., 67, of Columbia died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

Nations was born in Havre de Grace, Md., on June 8, 1945, to Kermit Gentry Nations and Ruth Marie Smith Nations.

Nations and Davidson, 35, made the most of their short time together.

After meeting in April 2012, they considered finding other people, partly out of concern for their age difference but were unable to move on.

"We didn't know each other very long, but we got to a point where we could finish each other's sentences," Davidson said. "It was like we were soulmates."

While celebrating the Fourth of July at the home of a mutual friend, they began a conversation that led to their mutual proposal.

"We realized that, even though we had tried to find other people, we kept coming back to each other," Davidson said. "I proposed to him a few minutes before he proposed to me. We just knew we were meant for each other."

Nations is survived by a sister and a brother. Nilson Funeral Home is handling the services, which have not yet been planned, and can be reached for condolences.

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