Tim was born in Chicago on March 20, 1956 to Josephine Helen (Szewczyk) Nolan and James Raymond Nolan. He grew up a block-and-a-half from Wrigley Field and remained a lifetime fan of Chicago sports teams, particularly the Bears, and Chicago food. As a young man, he had many interests and hobbies including sports, woodworking, and renovating properties. He shared his father’s talent for playing the saxophone, which they enjoyed doing together. His love of music, especially jazz, was life-long. He graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1973. In 1985, shortly after the birth of his daughter Erin, he was nearly killed when he was struck by a car while working construction. The accident left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down. The next 34 years of Tim’s life were marked by chronic, complex health challenges, but also by remarkable perseverance, fierce courage, and resilience that defied medical explanation or expectation.
Following his accident, he went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in marketing from Oakland Community College in Illinois and was a member of the Jaycees. He was an active volunteer in his community. In 1998 he married his beloved wife Anne Arbogast Nolan. After becoming empty nesters, in 2004 they relocated from the Chicago area to Johnson City to be closer to their parents, who had themselves relocated to Johnson City. In 2008 they moved to Jonesborough after seeking out a larger home that would allow Anne’s parents, Rueben and Shirley, to live with them. Tim enjoyed the company of Rueben and Shirley immensely. They shared his intense affection for dogs, who provided them all with loyal companionship and were fiercely loved and spoiled by them in return. Tim was the very proud grandfather (“Papa Tim”) of Matthew, Emma, Jonathan, and Sarah.
Tim was preceded in death by his father James Raymond Nolan of Johnson City in 2015 and his mother-in-law Shirley Marie (Lewis) Arbogast of Jonesborough in 2013.
Those left to cherish Tim’s memory include his loving wife of 21 years Anne Arbogast Nolan of Jonesborough; daughter Amy, son-in-law Ryan, and grandchildren Matthew and Sarah Schmidt of Wray, CO; daughter Susanne, son-in-law Daniel, and grandchildren Emma and Jonathan Hernberg of Austin, TX; daughter Erin Maher of Dallas, TX; daughter Christina and son-in-law Kevenly Des Auguste of Kansas City, MO; mother Josephine Nolan of Johnson City; father-in-law Buford Rueben (Rueben) Arbogast of Jonesborough; sister Barbara and brother-in-law Randall Axon of Albany, Missouri; sister Kimberly Schneider of Johnson City; sister-in-law Sherry Fitch of Fort Lauderdale, FL; brother-in-law Stanley and wife Debbie Arbogast of Lakeland, FL; many beloved nieces and nephews; and a remarkable team of home health nurses, many of whom became a part of the family over the years.
Tim was known for his love of spicy food, sense of humor, faith, patriotism, but most of all his generosity and his big heart. At 6’5”, he was a big teddy bear whose greatest joy in life was his family. He made an impact on many lives and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service to honor Tim’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019, in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City, with Pastor Kenny Atkins of Mid-City Fellowship officiating.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Tetrick Funeral Services 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Nolan family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Timothy J. Nolan Memorial Fund, c/o First Tennessee Bank, 401 W. Jackson Blvd., Jonesborough, TN 37659.