Michael David Nolen
It is with immense sadness we acknowledge our beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle, Michael David Nolen, passed from this earth Friday Feb. 23, 2018 at the age of 74. Funeral services were held Thursday March 1, 2018 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass, with Reverend William Riley officiating. Burial followed at Prairie View cemetery immediately after the service. He was born on Jan. 4, 1944 in Port Arthur, to the late Paul D. Nolen and Bessie Dell Segrest Nolen. He served in the United States Army and was part of the 67th infantry division. In 1972 he started “rough necking” for what was then Field Drilling company and retired after 42 years of service in January 2014 from Nabors Drilling Inc. He was a mentor to many young impressionable men whom he lovingly called his “sons.” One of his motto’s he tried to pass along to his employees, is he wanted to always be firm, fair, and consistent. During his retirement party, it was said he had left his mark on many who worked with him and also their industry, and his contributions would continue with the men for many years to come. He had many passions, one of which was cooking and serving others. Sunday afternoons after church were like none other. Many have already mentioned the memories of sitting around the ole dinner table eating “Mike’s” specialties. He especially loved having the church pastor and his family, evangelist’s, missionary’s, relatives, and a multitude of friends over to eat. Another passion of his, was “crabbing.” He could not wait until the first part of the warm season to go “test” the waters. He would take anyone who was looking to have an adventure. Last but certainly not least, was his love for his “girls” Ruby, Michelle and Brande. There was nothing he would not do for them. He sacrificed many birthdays, holidays, and special occasions in order for them to have a life different from his own growing up. Nothing was too small or too great for his “girls.” Although lacking in his own upbringing in his formative years, he ensured he was there for his daughters in their formative years and beyond. He taught them honesty, integrity and what real work ethics are. He was there to support them through their decisions and loved them unconditionally even though opinions may have differed. Another love he was privileged to experience was a love for a son-in-law (Bryan) whom he loved more like a son. We would be amiss not to mention his great love for his “fur babies” Bailey, Maci, and Mia Michael was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Bessie Irene Proctor. He is survived by his wife Ruby Lown Nolen; his daughters Michelle Nolen and Brande Nolen Nesom and husband Bryan, “adopted daughter” MaryAnn Fontenot and husband Greg; “adopted son” Miguel Briseno wife Dolores and daughter Melissa; sister Mildred “Mickey” Granier and husband Russell, and Joyce Ferris; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and special mention “like family” members Jordan and Rebekah Day and children Arabella and Elliauna. Pallbearers are Paul Bundick, David McKinney, James Lown, Miguel Briseno, Ram Salinas, and Ruben Trevino. There is a huge void in our hearts as we feebly attempt to say goodbye, but we have this confidence this is not the last time we will be together again. Because we serve a merciful and loving God who answered “our” 39 years of prayer a few short days ago and filled him with that precious Holy Ghost. As the song says, we have more to go to heaven for then we had yesterday.