Timothy Joseph Nolan – Obituary

By  | March 14, 2017 | Filed under: Neal Funeral Home, Obituaries

The soul of Timothy Joseph Nolan set sail for a heavenly port on March 10, 2017. He passed away gently, surrounded by loving family and friends at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 55 years old.

Tim began his earthly voyage on October 7, 1961 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Dana Edwards Nolan, whom he married on the 4th of July in 1998. He is also survived by two daughters, Sarah and Hannah Nolan, and three step-sons, Daniel (Jennifer) Simpkins, Samuel (Mary) Simpkins, and Micah Simpkins, all of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

He is also survived by his parents, William B. and Virginia Nolan of Flanders, New Jersey; five brothers, Paul (Kim) Nolan of Stacy, MN, John (Anne) Nolan of Edina, MN, Patrick (Lisa) Nolan of Flanders, NJ, Kevin (Jennifer) Nolan of Rochester, MN, and William D. Nolan of Falls Church, VA; one sister, Mary Nolan of Lebanon, NJ; and by 13 nieces and nephews.

A proud veteran of the United States Navy, Tim served for six and a half years, spending four of those years on the USS Berkeley (DDG-15) working in Advanced Electronics. This training led him to take an interest in the newly emerging field of Information Security. He served as the first Information Security Officer for Bridgestone Americas Holding. He excelled in his chosen field for over twenty years and was employed with Dun and Bradstreet at the time of his death.

Tim’s priorities in life, however, centered around his faith. He was a member of the Cason Lane Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN. Many noted that he had the heart of King David, the zeal of Phinehas, and the steadfastness of Job. He enjoyed discussing Bible topics, studying with friends and family, and singing praises to God! One never had to wonder where Tim stood on a matter, as his moral compass firmly pointed toward heaven.

Tim was a lover of peace, truth, dry humor, Dilbert cartoons, beautiful music, the color blue, a good meal shared with family and friends, and his physical and spiritual families! He disliked controversy, indecisiveness, deception, bickering, haze gray, bow ties, anything vanilla, and raisins.

Tim’s belief that a sailor was always safest in the top rack led him to continually reach higher and higher for greater achievement with true integrity, and in love for God and his fellow man. He was a master teacher in his areas of expertise, and he delighted in mentoring young people. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for excellence was infectious. His battle cry was “Beat Army!”

There will be a visitation with the family of Tim Nolan on Saturday, March 18, from 11:00 AM until time for the service at Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, TN. The family would be honored if guests wore something blue in Tim’s memory. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, with Drew Edwards and Daniel Edwards officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Mimosa Cemetery in Lawrenceburg, TN following the service.

Pallbearers will be Paul Nolan, John Nolan, Patrick Nolan, Kevin Nolan, William D. (Bill) Nolan, Daniel Simpkins, Samuel Simpkins, and Micah Simpkins.

Family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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