Robert Clifton Nolan

September 9, 1943March 2, 2011

Robert Clifton Nolan, 67, of Morrisville, NC, passed away on March 2, 2011. He was born in Cabarrus County, NC, to the late Billy Clifton and Doris Jolly Nolan, last of Auburn, AL.

Bob Nolan, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was a 1965 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College, Wilson, NC), and of Lexington (KY) Theological Seminary, 1968. Early in his ministry, he was pastor of both Providence (KY) Christian Church and First Christian Church, Elizabeth City, NC. He then chose as his form of ministry assisting various church-related entities in developing the resources for their missions, serving as director of development for the church’s National Benevolent Association (Edmond, OK), director of planned giving for Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX), and vice president of institutional advancement for Bethany (WV) College. Before he retired in 2009, he served as independent fund raising counsel for scores of church-related organizations and general units.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years Karen DeHart Nolan; son David Tilghman Nolan (Jana), grandsons Connor and John Nolan, all of Fort Worth, TX; and sister Cathey Nolan Donald (Jim) of Auburn, AL.

Private family inurnment in Black Mountain, NC, at the Christmount columbarium will precede a public memorial service on Tuesday, March 15, at 1:00 p.m. at Covenant Christian Church, Cary, NC. Rev. Joanne VerBurg, Cary, and nephew Rev. Dr. Nolan B. Donald of Houston, TX, will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Covenant Christian Church Memorial Fund, 2911 SW Cary Parkway, Cary, NC 27513, or to a charity of one’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Robert Clifton Nolan

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Bob Parvin

March 10, 2011

Karen, I have you in my heart at your loss of Bob. His enthusiasm, spirit, and dedication to his ministry were wonderful gifts that he shared so well in service to the Church. In addition to my personal sense of loss, all of us at Christmount mourn his passing and celebrate his contributions to our ministry.

Cyrus N White

March 7, 2011

The staff and board of directors of Christian Board of Publication celebrate Bob's life and his many contributions to our mission and ministry. Bob gave tremendous leadership to our board of directors, encouragement to the staff, and friendship to all of us. We are grateful for our time together.

William Allen

March 5, 2011

We are thinking of you and have you in our prayers.

Bill & Gwen Allen