Nolan Thomas Parker was born September 15, 2001 to Michael S. Parker and Kristin (Spurling) Parker.
Nolan walked into the loving arms of the Lord on March 14, 2020 at the age of 18.
Nolan is survived by his parents, Michael S. Parker (Bridget Bartlett), of Columbus, and Kristin Spurling Parker of Shelbyville; his 15 year old sister, Sophie Parker of Shelbyville, and six month old sister, Hadley Parker of Columbus. His maternal grandparents, Larry and Sylvia Spurling of Shelbyville; paternal grandmother, Sharon Parker of Shelbyville; and his Aunt Alison (Keith) Sabino of Las Vegas, Nevada.
He was a member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ.
Nolan was a senior at Shelbyville High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Nolan was an avid lover of soccer during his young life. He had participated in soccer beginning as a small child at age 3, in the Blue River Soccer Association and continued to play throughout high school and with Indiana Impact SC. Nolan played football as a freshman. He was enrolled at Franklin College for the fall semester, with a position on the soccer roster.
He was employed at River’s Edge Golf Course and Texas Corral. Nolan traveled to Shelbyville’s sister city in Japan in June of 2018.
Nolan excelled in his academic studies, loved time on the beach with his family and was lucky to have traveled to many amazing destinations during his short life.
Nolan wanted to dedicate his life to helping young athletes excel and discover their love of sports. The Nolan T. Parker Scholarship fund has been established to help kids who may not have the resources available to get them started or continue with their athletic journey.
The scholarship fund is Nolan T. Parker Scholarship and donations may be made online to the Blue River Foundation (www.blueriverfoundation.com).
Nolan will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, grandson, brother, nephew and friend.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Shelbyville Community Church, 720 N 325 E, Shelbyville. (There will be a limit of 50 people in the church at any given time.)
Funeral services will be private, with the Reverends Alecia Gross and Chuck Jordan officiating.
A public celebration of life will be at a later date.
Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.
Online condolences may be shared with Nolan’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
The funeral service for Nolan will be live stream on the Facebook page of Shelbyville Community Church, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/ShelbyvilleCommunityChurch