EASTLAND – Aubrey Odell Nolen, 97, passed from this life into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 28, 2010, at his home in Dallas.
He has fought the good fight and he is at peace. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Eastland Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Mr. Nolen was born to Charlie McConnell Nolen and Athie (Kizzar) Nolen, in Eastland, January 4, 1913.
Mr. Nolen had six brothers and three sisters. His mother died when he was six years old and worked during the depression years near Roby, Texas, on the family farm.
During World War II, Mr. Nolen served in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines. He received a sharpshooter qualification and was honorably discharged in November 1945.
After the war, Mr. Nolen moved to Kermit, Texas, working with Magnolia Oil Company in the oil fields of West Texas and eventually owning his own oil field construction company. In Kermit, Mr. Nolen met his future wife, Nadine Barrow, who was in the furniture business. They married February 28, 1952 in New Mexico and started a life together that lasted 44 years until her death in May, 1996/
While in Kermit, A.O. joined the First Baptist Church and he and Nadine raised one son, Chuck Nolen. A.O. was an unassuming, loving and caring father who loved telling stories of growing up on a farm. He enjoyed teaching his son to hunt and was always ready to hunt dove, walk up quail or throw a baseball.
In 1986, A.O. and Nadine moved to Eastland and retired. A.O. loved visits from his granddaughters and was ready and able to tell stories at a moment’s notice. In 2006 failing health brought A.O. to Dallas, where he passed away.
He is survived by his son, Charles Nolen (Chuck) and his wife, Lynn Nolen of Dallas; and two grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth (“Callie”) and Alexandra Marie (“Lexie”).