Stephen Bennett Nolen

stephen nolen
ARLINGTON -- Stephen Bennett Nolen, 54, of Arlington died Friday, April 27, 2012, at a hospital in Arlington. Death was due to diabetes-related complications. Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Street Fellowship, 1516 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Interment: Hawkins Cemetery, Arlington. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington. Memorials: Memorial donations can be made to Mission Arlington, 210 W. South St., Arlington, Texas 76010. Stephen Nolen, son of Neta Dees Nolen and the late Joel Douglas Nolen, was born in Orange, Calif., on July 5, 1957. Stephen, son of a career Marine, lived several places before settling in Euless in 1969. He attended Euless public schools and graduated from Trinity High School in 1975. Stephen went on to obtain a BA in criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. While in college, Stephen launched his career in emergency medicine, security and fire safety at Six Flags Over Texas. After many years with Six Flags, Stephen became a full-time EMT, working for CareFlite and MedStar. Stephen encouraged and mentored many young people entering the emergency medical field. In 1992, Stephen met his future wife and married her July 24, 1993. The couple settled in Arlington. Soon after, Stephen discovered his greatest passion, parenting two daughters. After the birth of their younger daughter, Stephen and his wife made a radical decision for the time -- Stephen would be a full-time parent and his wife would work outside the home. Stephen's love for children extended far beyond his home, as evidenced by many years of dedicated service to the 2-year-old Sunday school class at First Baptist Church, Arlington. Stephen was also an active member of Arlington Masonic Lodge #438. At the time of his death, Stephen was the lodge musician. Stephen was profoundly committed to Christ, and his loving and gentle spirit moved the hearts of young and old alike. Survivors: Wife, Rachel Wolfskill Nolen; daughters, Lee-Anna Lopez and son-in-law, Georgio Lopez, and Julia Corinne Nolen, all of Arlington; mother, Neta Dees Nolen; brother, Brian Nolen and wife, Trina; nephews, Nicholas and Beau Nolen, all of Austin; and many extended family members. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. Rachel, LeeAnna, and Julia,
    Ron and I are so sorry for your loss.
    We always enjoyed talking with Steve in the church hallway and sometimes seeing him walking on Abrams.
    Such a sweet, gentle, intelligent man who loved his Lord and his family.
    He will be missed by many.
    We will be remembering you in our prayers.
    Ron and Dawn Fink

  2. Rachel, My prayers are with you and your family. Be strong, be encouraged and be blessed. Robin Scott

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for you, your girls, your family and friends. Stephen will be missed by many.

  4. I didn’t know Stephen that well but what I do know after meeting him 1 time is that he was a very loving and caring person. He loved his family very much. I am so sorry for your loss but Stephen is in a better place and no longer in pain. My prayers are with your family.

  5. May the memories of Stephen and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.
    May God watch over your family during your time of need. With our sincere sympathy
    May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.

  6. Rachel we are praying for you and the girls. Steve was such a kind man who will be missed.

    Melinda and Mike Casey

  7. Rachel, my deepest condolences to you and your family at the loss of Stephen. May God Bless you all in this difficult times and may you have joy in the memories of a life well lived. Deedee

  8. Julia…… The stars are shinning brightly. I know looking through them from the other side he sees such a beautiful wonderful girl turning into a young woman. Your father was such a loving person and you have learned that from him. He has always been so proud of you and will continue to see that progress in his little girl. I think of you often and keep you close in my heart and prayers. Trina

    There was never a person that Steve did not meet that left without a smile on their face, he loved everyone. He learned that through his love of Christ as Christ has told us to love everyone as he loved us. Steve did exactly that everyday. I have you close at heart and in my prayers. Stay strong and hold onto the precious moments you have deep in your heart. I love you, Trina

    Leanna and Georgio,
    I know Steve is in a much better place, and is graced with Gods presence. He is watching over both of you knowing that God has good things in store for you and your marriage. Stay strong as a family and remember to keep your love through Christ stronger than any other love known.

  9. Dear Rachel,Julia,Leanna,Georgio and Neta Nolen;

    I am thankful Stephen is with the Lord now. He loved each of you dearly. Stephen was not meant for this world. He was kind and loving. He forgave freely and saw only the best in people. He was a devout Christian and family man. He was sensitive, caring, humble and had a sweet spirit. Stephen is one of Gods best. He was not meant for this world. Stephen walked closely with God on earth and now walks eternally with God in Heaven. I love you Stephen and I will miss you.
    Love Brian

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