Patrick McKamey Nolen, Sr., USCG (Ret.)

July 13, 1964 - November 7, 2021
Patrick McKamey Nolen, Sr., USCG (Ret.)


Our beloved Patrick departed his honorable earthly life on Sunday November 7, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice surrounded by all the people he loved.

Just as he did in life, Patrick gave it his all until the very end; demonstrating a strong internal will to recover from his illness. In addition to his parents AJ and Patricia McKamey Nolen, Patrick was predeceased by his father-in-law, Joseph Paul Piver, Sr.

To carry on his legacy, Patrick is survived by his forever sweetheart, Karen Nolen, precious sons and daughter in laws, McKamey Nolen and wife Ashleigh and Andrew Nolen and wife Brittany, of Wilmington. Siblings, Ivy Lutz, George Nolen, John Nolen, Eleanor Hyder, and Elizabeth Bailey. Mother-in-law Gale Piver, special brother-in-law who was like a brother, Joseph Piver and wife Robin, loving nieces and nephews, and many friends who feel like family locally, across the United States, and abroad.

We will never forget the remarkable life of Patrick Nolen. He proudly served in his role as a devoted husband, loving father, coastie, brother, uncle, friend, and patriot. Patrick was a stellar man who made our lives richer, teaching us the trait of selflessness through the lens of a servant heart. While we will never understand his untimely passing, God knew the plan for Patrick’s life and provided his rewards in heaven for his servanthood on earth. May everyone who had the joy of loving Patrick see God winks through small signs of his presence every day. He was a bright light and his legacy will live on in our hearts forever. As a Disney kinda guy, it is most appropriate to end with the classic words of Winnie the Pooh- “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”

A Memorial Service with Military Honors to celebrate the remarkable life of Patrick Nolen will be held at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, Friday, November 12, 2021. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am followed by the Memorial Service at 12:00 pm.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Friday, November 12, 2021
12:00 PM

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1535 South 41st Street
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Visitation

Friday, November 12, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

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  • November 11, 2021
    Stephanie Lawton says:
    John, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. You and your family have my condolences and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayer.

  • November 11, 2021
    Stephanie Lawton says:
    John, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. I am sending condolences to you and your family. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • November 11, 2021
    Eugene Vogt says:
    While I remember Patrick as a young kid, as a Coastie I know he served others with honor and love. Crossing the bar is always heart-rending, but I know his Pilot will smile upon him with everlasting love. May the Lord bless him and his entire family.

  • November 12, 2021
    Giovanni Hernandez lit a candle:
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  • November 12, 2021
    Steve Dunwoody says:
    Patrick was such a good neighbor and friend. He and i both experienced that great journey through scouting as our children were growing up. One of many things that struck me about Patrick was his dedication to youth and working to make their lives better and help to make them great adults. I am grateful to have met him and so sorry to hear of his passing.