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Celebrating the life of

Nolan Fitzgerald Mell

April 21, 1986 - April 01, 2023

Nolan Fitzgerald Mell

Nolan Fitzgerald Mell left this life at age 36, on April 1, 2023, to rest peacefully in the loving arms of Jesus.

Nolan was born to Kathleen Russo and John Mell on April 21, 1986, just 12 months after his older brother, Brandon.

Nolan and Brandon could not have been any closer. Being only one year apart, they faced the world of every other weekends, split holidays, joint birthday parties, huge families, re-marriages, sibling additions, and many shared friends being only one year apart. They always had each other to lean on, fight with, drink with, create memories with, and love.

Nolan was preceded in death by his father, John Fitzgerald Mell; maternal grandmother, Clara McDonough Russo; paternal grandparents; Vic and Vergie Mell; and his beloved aunt, Katie Mell.

Nolan is survived and will be terribly missed by his beloved husband, Damon Christian-Mell; parents, Ronald and Kathleen Coppage; older brother, Brandon Mell (Heather); nephew, Jackson Martin; younger brother, Tucker Coppage (Maggie); sister, Agnes Elizabeth Coppage, and sister, Cecilia Buttimer (Jonathan). Nolan is also survived by his only living grandparent, Charles J. Russo, Jr.; and his in-laws, Darleen and James Butler.

Nolan has many aunts and uncles surviving which include Laura Summerlin (Billy), Vicki McCuen, Valerie Rogers (Danny), Bridget Moore (Craig), Julia Maxey (Gene), Cecilia Turner (Bob), Charles Russo (Cami), Kathy Brown (JB), Robert Coppage, Richard Coppage, dozens of cousins and extended family of great aunts and uncles. Nolan will be missed as a caring, compassionate, and loyal friend to many people.

Nolan attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School from Kindergarten through eighth grade. He was a 2004 graduate of Benedictine Military School, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Georgia. Since 2014, Nolan was employed by ILA Union 1475 as a checker clerk.  

A Rosary will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2023, followed by a vistation from 12:00 until 2:00at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

There will be a Celebration of Life from 4:00 until 8:00, Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Cohen's Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA 31406.   



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May God shine perpetual light upon Nolan’s soul and fill him with deep peace. Keeping you all in our prayers with much love.

- Kilpatrick and Hunt Families, Savannah, GA

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Wishing you strength, comfort and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our hearts go out to you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers....

- The Clark Family , Guyton , Ga

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- Stephen Herb, Savannah, Ga.

Nolan’s zest for life was remarkable! Always bright and happy! He will be missed by all of us at Driftaway Cafe. Our Sunday brunch at the bar may never be the same! Our prayers are with Damon and all of the family. Rest in Peace buddy!

- Robyn & Michele Quattlebaum , Savannah, Georgia

My sincere condolences go out to the families of Nolan. He always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him. I pray for your comfort while you grieve his loss. Much love from the Etzle Family.

- Maria Maxey Etzle, Rincon, Ga

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Love you Nonie

- Valerie Mell Rogers, Savannah, GA

My deepest condolences goes to Damon and the Mell family from Phyllis Greene and your I.L.A 1475 sisters and brothers. May God bless you all in your time of healing.

- Phyllis Greene, Savannah, GA

The Russo's, Mells and Sheehan's go back generations. Love and Prayers to all. There was only one Nolan. He brought laughter to all who knew him.

- Kevin Sheehan, Savannah, GA

To know you is to love you! I am sending my deepest condolences to the family at this time. You were sweet giving light and I am so blessed to have had you as a friend. Sending hugs to the family.

- Brittney Fields , Savannah , Ga

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Words can not express my sorry for the loss of Nolan. Take comfort in knowing he is soaring in heaven. God bless and comfort all of you and hold you close. Love

- Carol Feuger, Mobile, AL

So very sorry for your loss. May perpetual light shine upon him.

- Alice & Steve Pollak, Savannah , Ga.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

- Carolyn Beebe, Savannah, GA

Nolan will truly be missed! We are here if you need anything! Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

- John & Amber VonWaldner, Riceboro, GA

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God Bless this beautiful family and those who knew and loved Nolan - wrap them in your love and hold them tight through this time of tremendous grief. Peace

- Mary Lane Harris, Snellville, GA

GODSPEED Nolan. May you and your family be blessed God during this time.

- Brad Wittfeld, Savannah, GA

I am praying for peace beyond understanding.


Damon, I am so sorry for your loss, you two were so perfect and wonderful together, my prayers are with you, I will miss Nolan with love in my heart. I know this is so hard on you sweetie, may god help you through this difficult time. My deepest sympathy for The Russo family and the Mell family, you are in my prayers. RIP Nolan, a man that brought laughter were ever he was, together you guys kept the room in stitches. Nolan will be missed always and never forgotten. God bless to you all. Love Donna Jonea

- Donna Jones, Ellabell, Ga.

All of our prayers are with your families. We are so terribly sorry for your loss, and we are so grateful to have met Nolan.

- Vowell, Kennesaw, GA

Damon, Brandon, and family, thank you for sharing your sweet, giggly boy with us. We shared so many adventures with him. We love you all and will deeply miss Nolan.

- UGA Horticulture Buddies, Athens, GA

There are many broken hearts missing this fine man. So sorry for your loss and sadness.

- Mary Redmond , Savannah , GA

You are all in my prayers. I loved Nolan, always kept me laughing.

- Ann and John Savage , Savannah , Ga

Sending all our love and prayers during this difficult time!

- Shannon Morris Fischer, Charleston, SC

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- Jimmy Holland, Savannah, GA

Sincere condolences to all who loved and will miss Nolan.

- Jan & Mark Mamalakis , Savannah , GA

Prayers to the entire family , parents and he’s late husband. He had a beautiful spirit and love for life. May Gods peace be with all of you during this time . Much love , Randolph and Michelle Page

- Randolph and Michelle Page , Dunwoody, GA

We will miss you Nolan. Prayers go out to all of the families. Harry, Sherri and Bubba

- Connolly/Edenfield, Savannah, Georgia

Our sincere condolences for your loss. We love your family and pray for peace.

- Rick and Jodie Crawford, Charleston , SC

My condolences, prayers for strength and peace for the family.

- Marie Samuel, Guyton, GA

Nolan was a Chatham County Youth Commissioner under my direction during his high school years. I have fond memories of Nolan, his big smile, his laughter, and his zest for life. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for your strength during this difficult time. May Nolan's life be a blessing.

- Van Johnson, Savannah, GA

Prayers for comfort and peace for the Mell and Russo Families at this most difficult time.

- Carol Pyles, Guyton, Ga

Truly shocked and saddened. Nolan was light and love. Only great memories!

- Taqwaa F. Saleem, Port Wentworth, Georgia

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- Meredith Herb, savannah, ga

Love & Prayers

- Shannon M Hogan, Savannah, GA

To the family of Nolan, I send my deepest sympathy & condolences for your loss. May God grant you comfort & peace now, & in the time ahead. May you feel the love surrounding you.

- Carolyn Sheehan, Tybee Island, GA

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Our sincere condolences. We are so very sorry for the loss of Nolan. You are all in our prayers.

- Andria & Mike Douglas, Savannah, GA

Prayers and love for all of Nolan's family and friends.

- Mike Stone Jr., Savannah , Georgia

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Sending our thoughts and prayers to The Mell & Russo family

- Iesha & Vincent Hooper, Savannah , Georgia

Losing someone we love is nothing easy, we can realize that we are blessed to have been able to share in his life. My condolences.

- Daniel Sheppard, Statesboro, GA

I miss my buddy he was such a pleasure..I will miss our Saturday's where always ready to lend a hand to give comfort to those who needed it..the heavens have surely gained a very unique angel.

- Regina Rowland and family, Garden city, GA

So sorry and saddened to hear this news. I think we all wish we had as much energy and humor as Nolan. Enjoy this life and the friends and family around us- it goes by too fast. Our thoughts and prayers to his family and to all that knew him- which was almost everybody. God bless

- Chris and Julie Whelan, Savannah, Georgia

What a rare and truly delightful inspiration you were Nolan! Our sincere condolences to Damon and the entire Mell, Russo and Coppage families. He will most certainly be missed

- Kim and Chris Conway, Pooler, Ga

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My heart gose out to the family. Rest in peace

- Dorothy Lloyd, Savannah, GA

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- Suzanne McLaughlin Vonwaldner, SAVANNAH, GA

Praying for all the Mell's,Russo's,Coppage's. Family is the most important thing in the world, I am blessed to have all of you in my Life. God Bless you all and Nolan and John are now in Heaven and watching us all. May the rest in peace and let per light shine upon them. I wad blessed and honored to have them in my Life as with all of the Mell's.❤

- Suzanne McLaughlin Vonwaldner, SAVANNAH, GA

My heart pours out for the whole family. Such an awful tragedy.

- Diane Rousakis Biggs, Savannah, GA

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Rest in peace Nolan.

- Walter Dimmick, Savannah, Georgia

So very sad to hear of the passing of Nolan. He was such a big personality and had such a big heart! He leaves a big and unfillable void in the BC Class of 2004 alumni rolls. Not only was be beloved member of our class, but he volunteered his time and talent as the yearbook editor. Flipping back through it now reminds me of Nolan's humor and the many good times we all had together at BC. May God grant him eternal rest! He will be missed dearly.

- Joseph Simmons, Savannah, GA

May all of you find peace and comfort at the loss of such a kind, funny, and gentle young man who loved his family! Nolan you will be missed but remembered for the smile you have put on everyone’s face you ever met.Tommy, Bonnie, Kyle and Brent Connolly

- Tommy and Bonnie Connolly , Savannah , Georgia

Nolan was such a joyful spirit. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort. Prayers and love to all that loved him.

- Elizabeth Evenson, Savannah, GA

I was saddened about Nolan's passing. Nolan was nothing but smiles, laughter and good times. Damon, I know your heart is breaking but time and good memories will help the healing. To the entire family, thank you for sharing Nolan, he will be missed but not forgotten.

- Gary Wallace , Pooler, Georgia

Charlie, Kathleen and Family, May Nolan’s memory always be a blessing. Love and prayers, Nancy

- Nancy Bracker, Atlanta, GA

Sending our heartfelt condolences and keeping all of you in our prayers.

- George and Cathy Hawley and family, Savannah , Ga

Every time that I would see Nolan over at John's, he was so happy and as sweet as can be. Everything that has happened is so heart wrenching. My prayers continue to go out to the family. I know that Nolan and his father are together in Heaven, but the world will not be quite as bright as it was. You will be so, so missed!

- Nancy Piette, Savannah, GA

Charlie and Kathleen Sincere sympathy on your loss. You remain in my prayers. Carolyn


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Coppage, Russo, and Mell families. Our deepest condolences are with you at this time. May God hold him in the palm of His hands.

- William and Brenda Manucy, Sav, Ga

God rest his soul and God bless his family. Our prayers are with you!

- Eamon and Leila Sheehan, Savannah , GA

Nolan was truly one of the brightest smiles I remember at "Ye Olde BSS." I was (and still am) admirable of his fearless energy and willingness to put himself out there into the spotlight (Peter Pan, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, etc.). Praying for the Mell, Coppage, Russo families, his husband Damon, and countless others will who miss his light. May his memory live on in the hearts of those (so many!) who loved him.

- Mark Mizelle, Denver, CO

We are sincerely sorry for the entire family for the loss of Nolan.

- Benjamin and Melossa Wells , Savannah, Ga

i’m so sorry for your loss I never had the pleasure of meeting Nolan but I know he comes from a loving and caring family. I’m so sorry for your loss. my prayers are with your family.


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel