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Many are shocked to learn about actor Jim Nabors’ death, which was announced earlier today (Thursday, November 30). Shortly after the news broke, people started wondering about his personal life and if he was married. Was Jim Nabors gay? Indeed he was. With our Stan Cadwallader wiki, you can learn about Jim Nabors’ husband. We will also give of the details behind Nabor’s death at 89 years old.

Who is Stan Cadwallader?

Stan Cadwallader, 71, is mostly known as the love of Jim Nabors’ life. Now retired, he once had a career as a firefighter in Honolulu, Hawaii, before eventually working for Nabors. Cadwallader met Nabors in 1975 and they were together for 38 years before they got married in early December 2013, after gay marriage became legal in Seattle, Washington.

“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said in a phone interview with Hawaii News Now. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”

Before they made it official, Nabors said, “It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something. And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”


Nabors was 82 and Cadwallader was 64 at the time, when they tied the knot in their hotel room where the ceremony was performed by a judge.

Nabors Loved Hawaii

Born in Alabama, Nabors worked in Los Angeles but after traveling to Hawaii, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life there.

“I just walked off that plane and knew this is where I wanted to be.  It was the air and the friendship and the friendliness and the people, you know.  I just knew, there’s something inside me that told me ‘Hey, you’re gonna end up here,'” Nabors said. “I love this place. I love everything about it.”

Jim Nabors’ Personal Life

This might come as a shock to people, but Nabors wasn’t really hiding his sexual orientation. He managed to hold a job as a working actor in the ’60s and ’70s on hit shows like Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, while being open about his sexuality.

“I haven’t ever made a public spectacle of it. Well, I’ve known since I was a child, so, come on.  It’s not that kind of a thing. I’ve never made a huge secret of it at all,” Nabors said.


“This is really no big deal. My friend and I, my partner, we went through all of this 38 years ago,” Nabors added. “So I mean, we made our vows and that was it.  It was to each other, but nevertheless, we were a couple.”

Jim Nabors’ Death

Cadwallader’s husband, Jim Nabors was famous for playing Gomer Pyle in The Andy Griffith Show in the early ’60s, which later got its own spinoff, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors reportedly died peacefully while at home in Hawaii.

“Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed,” Cadwallader told the Associated Press.

The Alabama native’s health declined over the past year and he underwent a liver transplant in 1994, after reportedly getting hepatitis B.


Since there’s little information on him, Stan Cadwallader’s net worth is unknown. And if you’re looking for some of Stan Cadwallader’s pics with his loving partner and their joyous life together, there are quite of few gems online. Nabors was survived by his husband and two sisters, Ruth and Freddie.

Fans are now mourning the loss of this beloved ’60s icon; rest peacefully, Gomer.

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