Spike Noonan

Born on July 24, 1955

Departed on March 29, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

  • Visitation: new
    • Saturday April 7, 2018 12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Memorial Service: Highland Park Church
    • Saturday April 7, 2018 2:00pm

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Spike (James Reece) Noonan, 62, departed this world for heaven on March 29, 2018, at home surrounded by his family.  Spike’s devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him during his battle with cancer, and ultimately gave him peace. Spike is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Jimmy Noonan. He is survived by his bride (of twenty-two years) Dana; son Tanner; his mother Anne Thompson Noonan of Dyersburg, TN; three siblings, Sallye Noonan O'Rourke (Chris) of Knoxville, TN, Debbie Noonan Henson (Don) of Knoxville, TN, and Timothy Scott Noonan (Jennifer) of Nashville, TN; father and mother in-law Harry and Jo Coltharp; sister and brother in-law Lora and Jamie Hayes, and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Spike was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee on July 24, 1955; attended Dyersburg public schools, and still holds the record for the most receptions in a single football game. Spike completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee in 1977 where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and, following a brief stint as a walk-on football player, became a life-long Tennessee Volunteer. Spike finished his MBA program at Memphis State University in 1978 and began a career in public accounting.

He was a founding member of McKerley & Noonan, CPAs in Nashville, TN. Spike was more than just a service provider to his clients; he was a valued and trusted adviser, someone who helped clients achieve their goals. His career as a CPA spanned 4 decades during which he became a Certified Management Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, Accredited in Business Valuation, and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning.

Spike was a steadfast family man, an extraordinary friend, and an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing, traveling, rock and mountain climbing, and lived every day to its fullest.  Perhaps Spike’s favorite pastime was duck hunting trips with Tanner in Arkansas.  In recent years, Spike spent much of his time with Dana and Tanner on their farm in Hickman County.   He built a reputation as a world class bush hog operator, an adequate fence builder, and a really poor carpenter. Spike was an Eagle Scout and remained active in the Boy Scouts of America.  He served on the Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was active in several other non-profit and charitable organizations.

A celebration of Spike’s life will be held on April 7, 2018 at 2:00 at Highland Park Church, 5710 Knob Road, Nashville, TN 37209. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to Highland Park Church, 5710 Knob Road, Nashville, TN 37209 or Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 449 Metroplex Drive, Nashville, TN  37211, in Spike’s name.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

20 Comments to Spike Noonan

  1. Vicki T Watkins
    March 30, 2018 7:32 pm

    Prayers for the Family Dana and Tanner and Anne and the many families and friends who will miss Spike.

  2. Jon S. Ladd
    March 31, 2018 8:58 am

    Deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Spike Noonan. He had a wonderful somewhat dry sense of humor and always took a practical well-thought-out approach to problem solving. For over 20 years I trusted him to help me and some of my best clients. Never had a complaint from any client about this consummate professional at his craft. We all already miss him. I know he was devoted to his family, his clients, his farm and duck hunting. (usually in that order) He was beaming proud of Tanner as a son and sportsman. He is irreplaceable in our Nashville Community and the hearts of his family and friends. I pray for his family and Spike and hope is now watching over all of us as a guardian angel. Rest in Peace, you are gone too soon.

  3. Pia Stratton
    March 31, 2018 10:45 am

    I can’t say it any better than my friend Jon Ladd who introduced me to Spike many years ago. He became my accountant but also my friend. Somehow when Spike delivered bad tax news he made it seem less painful because of his generous smile and his attention to each client as if they were his best friend. I always used to tease him when he called that he was the last person I wanted to hear from but he always made me laugh. The last time I saw him he said that he was going in for more tests but acted like all would be well, he was so brave. To say that my husband and I will miss him is an understatement. His illness and premature death truly proves that life is not fair and that the good die young. My heart goes out to Dana and Tanner, he adored both of you and I can’t begin to fathom how much you will miss him. I will never forget him, he was a force of nature, may he rest in peace.

  4. Jeanne Criswell Dyersburg TN
    March 31, 2018 12:56 pm

    My sympathy to Ms Ann and the entire Noonan family. You are in my prayers.

  5. Rich Robertson
    April 2, 2018 12:28 pm

    I was shocked this morning when learning of Spike’s passing… over 30 years ago he did some research for me and encouraged me to take the leap into my own business in Arkansas. What a wonderful Ride it’s been…. best move I could have ever made buddy!! A special friend you were indeed! God Bless.

  6. Julie Davis
    April 3, 2018 1:19 pm

    Sad to hear this God Bless al if you
    Julie and Bill Davis

  7. matt dobson
    April 3, 2018 3:40 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to Dana and Tanner. A really special guy whose easy sincere manner touched many.

  8. Tom Woodard
    April 3, 2018 7:59 pm

    Not a day has passed or will pass that my life better because I met you along this crazy journey of life. You are my friend, my advisor, a calm voice in the storm. You encouraged me to go for my dreams and your last text reminded me to brighten someone’s day that needs it. You got it man. Thanks for being my friend.

    Love you Brother. Have a Blessed journey and thanks for always believing in me. I know you will help light the rest of my steps along this amazing journey.

  9. Tom Woodard
    April 3, 2018 8:00 pm

    Not a day has passed or will pass that my life isn’t better because I met you along this crazy journey of life. You are my friend, my advisor, a calm voice in the storm. You encouraged me to go for my dreams and your last text reminded me to brighten someone’s day that needs it. You got it man. Thanks for being my friend.

    Love you Brother. Have a Blessed journey and thanks for always believing in me. I know you will help light the rest of my steps along this amazing journey.

  10. Patricia Larson
    April 3, 2018 8:16 pm

    Prayers & thoughts are with the Noonan Family.

    Jimmy & Patricia Larson
    Dyersburg TN

  11. Anthony Caudle
    April 3, 2018 9:15 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to Spike and his family. Such a loss. Spike was an inspiration to me when I started my business. I had many questions and he was always willing to answer and offer advice in order for me to be successful. He will be sorely missed.

  12. Milly Worley
    April 3, 2018 9:59 pm

    Prayers for Sallye, Debbie and the rest of Spike’s Family.

  13. Leland J Lancaster Jr M.D.
    April 4, 2018 5:05 pm

    Deeply saddened and will miss Spike’s friendship , advice, and spectacular *view* on how to always move forward!!! A dear friend and valued confidant. No better Family Man and Frend. You will be missed sorely, but never forgotten. Spike and Family will always be in my Prayers, Thoughts, and Friendship always.

  14. Mark Moody Dyersburg, TN
    April 5, 2018 7:25 am

    Prayers and strength for the entire family.

  15. Kay Curry
    April 5, 2018 3:22 pm

    Dana, Tanner, Mrs. Noonan, Debbie, Sallye and Scott ~
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Spike – what an amazing person and what remarkable life! I feel so lucky that I got to grow up with him and call him my lifelong friend. Spike blessed so many people with his kindness – praying that you will find comfort in your memories of him and in the knowledge that others are missing him, too. My heart hurts for your family ~ We never lose the ones we love ~ they live forever in our heart. Spike will be deeply missed.
    Kay Curry
    DHS ’73/UTK ’77

  16. Bob Yakushi
    April 5, 2018 3:42 pm

    Dear Dana, Tanner and Family,
    You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. My fondest memory of Spike is when he used to pull in his pick up truck for MBA football games into our reserved parking without a parking pass with a big smile and say “You know who I am” and we’d let him through. We’d get a good laugh out of that.

    With Condolences,

    Bob Yakushi

  17. Patsy Lanigan
    April 5, 2018 4:59 pm

    Dear Dana and Tanner,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    With my thoughts and prayers,
    Patsy Lanigan

  18. d kinnane
    April 6, 2018 7:31 am

    Sympathy and prayers to Spike’s daughter, Katelyn.

  19. Sean Kinch
    April 6, 2018 9:08 am

    Dear Dana,
    Our heart goes out to you and your family. You mean the world to this community; we feel your loss alongside you. Our deepest condolences.
    peace,
    Sean Kinch

  20. Mike Sartain
    April 7, 2018 8:55 pm

    Dana and Tanner,
    So saddened by the loss of such a great man, husband, father. and friend. Though Spike has joined our Heavenly Father I still feel resentment for the loss of such a good person. Our question of why can only be summed up to why not? This is another reminder to me that we aren’t promised tomorrow and to cherish every day as it’s our last. This man lived his life around his family and friends and for this he will always be remembered. Tanner be proud of the man called Dad because I know he was proud of you and your accomplishments. Although we aren’t promised tomorrow we are promised ever lasting life as Christians and look forward to catching up on the back nine when I meet Spike again. May God bless the both of you in your time of mourning.

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