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Charles Douglas (Doug) Nolen went home to be with the Lord on January 17, 2018 in Huntsville, Texas. He was born on August 12, 1932 in Anniston, Alabama, to the late Thomas Grant and Eva Inet Nolen.
Doug graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1955 from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Just a few weeks after graduation, he married Oselene (Ossie) Sims on January 30, 1955. Doug and Ossie began their life together in Fort Benning, Georgia, and Doug was soon deployed to Korea for 18 months. After returning stateside, Doug began his career as a chemist with Mobay Corp (a joint venture of Monsanto and Bayer) in West Virginia. After living in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for 18 years, Doug and Ossie moved to La Porte, Texas, where he eventually retired from Bayer Corp after a 35-year career as a chemist.
Doug started a second career when Bayer asked him to join their pilot program to get kids more interested in science and technology. He spent the next seven years working with 5th graders through Bayers Making Science Make Sense education initiative. This experience gave Doug much joy as it matched his love of science, exploration, and education with children.
In 1999, Doug and Ossie officially retired to Elkins Lake in Huntsville, Texas, where Doug was able to rediscover his love of the outdoors and spend quality time with his 9 grandchildren. A man of strong faith, Doug and Ossie were actively involved with University Heights Baptist Church.
Doug is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Ossie Nolen, and their three children Michael Nolen and his wife Laura, Sara Nolen Purvis and her husband Marcus, and Julia Nolen. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Dougs life was animated by his faith in Jesus. His engagement with family, community, and work was marked by both faithfulness and humor. He knew how to lighten a mood, enjoy life fully, and embrace the beauty of science and Gods creation - and desired to share that beauty with others. Doug was a man of honor, love, and compassion.
The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to St. Joseph Hospice for their care and support and to the devoted health care workers with Divine Life Change for their kind and loving support.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to University Heights Baptist Church (www.uhbc.net).
Published on January 24, 2018
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