Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. at MeadowBrook Baptist Church for James "Jim" Warren Nolen, 48, of Gadsden, who passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.
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He will lie in state from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church. The Revs. Randy Gunter and Larry Fuhrman will officiate. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing.
Jim is survived by his wife, Romy Nolen; daughters, Jamie Nolen and fiancé Luke Armstrong, Jennie Nolen; son, Jake Nolen. He also leaves with his family, his pets, Beloved Lucy, Millie and Sara; his parents, David and Charlotte Nolen; sister, Becky (Randy) Word; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Mary John Wilson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Randy and Donna Brock; nieces and nephews, Natalie Word (Jonathan) Mason, John David Word, Catherine Word and Mary Elizabeth Brock.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson Nolen, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Jordan; and cousin, John Nolen.
Jim was a graduate of Gadsden High School, class of 1982, and of Jacksonville State University. He was married to Rosemary "Romy" Wilson on May 30, 1987. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year.
For the past 26 years, he owned and operated Nolen Glass Co. Jim was a member of MeadowBrook Baptist Church and the Kent Stewart Sunday School class.
Jim spent most of his time with his loving wife, Romy, his daughters, Jamie and Jennie, and son, Jake, enjoying family time at home, outdoors and vacationing. Jim was a Christian, and his life was an example of that to his wife and children. According to his family, he was Mr. Fix-it., even able to fix shoes and jewelry.
As a son and brother, Jim was always a helping individual, assisting in family responsibilities. He was a man of his word and could always be counted on to do more than his share. He inherited a sense of humor and a teasing nature.
With a love for the outdoors, Jim was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. His many friends knew hunting was just a phone call away. During hunting season, weekends were spent at the Double D Hunting Club. If Jim could sneak away, some weekdays were spent there as well. Deer meat hamburgers and deer jerky were his favorites.
Jim was a loving and caring husband, father, son and friend. Jim took pleasure in living each day to its fullest. For 48 years, God gave us Jim, and He has now called him home.
Pallbearers will be Mike Alfred, Stan Carver, Tony Catanzaro, Todd Davis, Nick Hall, Keith Holland, Cort Harwood, Jay Smith, Kent Stewart and Farley Templeton.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees and staff of Nolen Glass and members of the Double D Hunting Club, Gadsden High School Class of 1982 and Kent Stewart Sunday School class.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at MeadowBrook Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MeadowBrook Baptist Church building fund, Big Oak Boys Ranch, Gadsden Young Life, Breakaway Ministries or
Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Sept. 21, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of:
Collier-Butler Funeral Home
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