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

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

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  • November 12, 2021
    Regina and Randy Hawse says:
    Patrick was one of the nicest, kindest persons I have had the privilege of knowing. He was a wonderful husband, Father, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Heaven gained an Angel with the addition of Patrick Nomen. Rest in heaven my friend. .

  • January 10, 2022
    Peggy and Dan Cross says:
    We’re so sad. Patrick was our first little boy. He was the sweetest. He lived next door. Followed Dan around all the time. We loved him so. When we adopted our first son , Patrick asked his Dad if this was like his little Brother? We kept up with Patrick through the years . His Karen and Sons. Not as much as we would have liked, life. Prayers for all the Family and Blessings,Love and Peace wished for you.Take care of each other.Sincerely with Love, Peggy and Dan