Willis E. ‘Bud’ Noble Sr.
Willis E. “Bud” Noble Sr., 89, formerly of East Carondelet, died Monday, April 20, 2020, at The Bridge Assisted Living Facility in North Charleston, S.C.
He was born on Sept. 22, 1930, in Granite City, the son of Homer and Verna Conaway Noble.
He married his wife of 67 years, Betty Joyce Ballentine Noble, in Corinth, Miss., on Dec. 27, 1952.
Mr. Noble served in the U.S. Army from 1948 until 1952. Serving in Germany, first as a member of the United States Constabulary, also known as “The Circle C Cowboys,” he finished his enlistment as a tank commander in an armored cavalry troop.
After his service, Mr. Noble worked as a millwright for the Cerro Corporation in Sauget for 40 years. He and Betty retired to Humboldt, Tenn., in 1992.
Mr. Noble was an avid outdoorsman, woodworker and amateur photographer. He hunted, fished, hiked and camped throughout Southern Illinois and Tennessee.
During his retirement, he enjoyed working in his woodshop, taking day trips with Betty, visiting family in the Midwest and Southeast and doting on their pets.
He also enjoyed swapping stories with friends and in-laws during breakfast at the Coffee Shop in Humboldt.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Joyce; one son, Ed, and his wife, Cathy Noble, of Summerville, S.C.; one granddaughter, Jennifer Marie Parton, and great-granddaughters Riley, Ava and Maddie of Scottsboro, Ala. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Verna Noble; brothers Leonard and Howard and sisters, Vera Hickam, Wilma Minton, Vivian Thomas and Dorothy “Dottie” Felt.
As per his wishes, he will be cremated. Upon the passing of his wife, their ashes will be interred together at Rose Hill Cemetery in Humboldt, Tenn.