John W. Nolan III

NOLAN III, John W. Died peacefully on February 9, 2010 after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer and a neurological disorder. He was 72 years old. Born December 29, 1937 to the late John W. Nolan, Jr. and Dorothy Sloan Nolan, he was raised in the home of his maternal grandparents, Warren and Emma Sloan, in west Nashville. He attended public grammar school and middle school until enrolling in Montgomery Bell Academy, where he played football as a starting left tackle. He attended college at the University of Tennessee, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. While in college, he met his beloved first wife, the late Carolyn Brook Nolan. John and Carolyn attended law school together at the University of Tennessee College of Law. John began practicing law in Nashville in 1962, and he served as a member of the United States National Guard. A warm, open and strong person, John quickly became known as one of Nashville's most successful and deeply admired jury trial lawyers. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He practiced law for forty-five years. In 1970, John moved with his wife and three children to a farm in Bon Aqua, TN, where their fourth child was born. In 1989, his life was marked by tremendous pain at the loss of his wife Carolyn. He raised and educated four children, and later became the proud grandparent of nine grandchildren. His tenth grandchild is expected in March. After remaining single for sixteen years, John was blessed with extraordinary happiness through his relationship with his second wife, Starr Bright Nolan. They were married in 2005, with his long time friend and farming companion, Wayne Tidwell, serving as his best man. John's genuine affection for people blessed him with a wealth of meaningful friendships, relationships which he nurtured throughout his life. In both his law practice and his life, he never hesitated to help others. In addition to being a loving father and hard working lawyer, John was a cattle farmer, photographer, collector, philosopher, bee keeper, horseman, and lover of people. He is survived by his wife, Starr Bright Nolan, and his four children and their spouses, George Nolan and wife, Tobi Nolan; Susan Nolan Lubow and husband, Barry Lubow; Jennifer Nolan Diamond and husband, Brad Diamond; and Michael Nolan and wife, Victoria Nolan. John is also survived by his nine grandchildren, William John Nolan, Rebecca Carolyn Lubow, Carolyn Lynnell Diamond, Elizabeth Ruth Nolan, Mary Brook Diamond, Elias Nolan Lubow, Jenna YongBei Lubow, Ann Marie Diamond and Emma Grace Nolan. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Dickson, TN, Alive Hospice and/or the Tennessee Democratic Party. The family will receive friends at the Taylor Funeral Home on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 1 p.m., at the Taylor Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Barger officiating. Interment will follow in the Dickson County Memorial Gardens. The arrangements are by the TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, (615) 446-2808. taylorsince1909.com




Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 11, 2010