Mark Aaron Nolen
March 17, 1962 – November 25, 2022
Early morning on Friday, November 25th, 2022, Mark Aaron Nolen’s Earthly journey and 8 year long battle with metastatic prostate cancer ended when he went to his Forever Heavenly Home.
Mark was a retired Air Force Veteran and Wounded Warrior who had been Hospicing at home for the last 6 months being cared for by his wife, Shanarha and their two sons, Samuel and Nehemiah. Mark is survived by: step-daughter, Shennaya Pons; son-in-law and Army brother-in-arms, Armando Pons; grandson, Emmanuel Hezekiah Pons; son, David Nolen; son and AF brother-in-arms, Alex Nolen; daughters-in-law, Brandee and Amber; grandson, Benjamin Nolen; former wife, Julie; dad, Willard Nolen; step-mom, Deanie; brother, Brian Nolen; sister, Yvonne Aschenauer and step-sister, Sheila Skeans.
Mark was quick to help others whether it was family, friends, or strangers. He dedicated the greater part of his Earthly journey in service to our Country. Mark was a true Patriot whose oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States never expired. He was active duty in the Air Force for over twenty years; once retired he continued to serve our country by working for the DOD and DOJ. He greatly enjoyed being involved with the American Legion and Patriot Guard Riders honoring other Veterans and their families. Mark advocated and supported Wounded Warriors, being one himself, and did what he could to bring awareness to the issues and struggles of other combat soldiers with PTSD and/or other conflict induced injuries.
Mark was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic prostate cancer in October of 2014. A born warrior, he was determined to fight this illness and be an example and inspiration of someone who LIVED WITH stage IV cancer, not someone who was dying from it. Even when Mark’s body began shutting down, his fighting spirit remained strong.
Since Mark was always quick to thank any Veteran he saw for their service, Thank You for Your Service Sgt. Mark Aaron Nolen. May you now, truly, rest in peace and comfort.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. Flowers, Cards or Donations may be sent to 265 Starling Way, Lexington, SC 29073.
Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, is assisting the family.
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