Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


October 7, 2013

Herbert Noble Jr.

CROSSVILLE — Jan. 12, 1933—Oct. 1, 2013

Herbert Gerald Noble Jr., 80, of  Fairfield Glade, passed away Oct. 1, 2013, at Cumberland House  in Crossville. A memorial service was held Oct. 6 at Fairfield Glade Community Church, with the Rev. Marvin Morgan officiating.

He was born Jan. 12, 1933,  in Monmouth, IL, son of the late Herbert Gerald Noble Sr. and Helen  (Terrey) Noble.

Herb led a development team for the Paladin MI09A6 Howitzer and also worked on the development of the Patriot missile guidance system while working for the U.S. Army Department of Defense. In 1980, he received the Army's second highest honorary award at Picatinny Arsenal for the development of a weapon system using laser technology.

He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from St. Ambrose college in Davenport, IA.  He then continued his education at the University of Iowa, receiving a master's degree in mechanical engineering.  He was an active alumni supporter of the "Hawkeyes."

In addition to his civilian support, he served in the Army after high school. He later went on to obtain a commission in the Naval Security Group Command Reserve, retiring as a captain after 26 years.

He enjoyed trains and had built his own model railroad layout over the past several years. He spent a lot of time on the golf course, including playing at St. Andrews in Scotland. He and wife, Joyce, traveled all over the world, starting with a deployment to Germany after getting married.

Herb loved music — in his youth he played the drums and went on to sing in the choir at the various churches where he resided over the years. Most recently, he was a member of the Bell Choir at FFG Community Church.

He was also a member of the Rotary.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Thomas) Noble of Fairfield Glade; son, Jeffrey Noble (Sheryl) of Joy, IL; daughters, Michele Griffin of Hellertown, PA, Cheryl Raney (Bruce) of El Paso, IL, and Lisa Noble Abingdon, MD; brother, Ronald Noble of Yuma, AZ; sister, Nancy Hanna of Coal Valley, IL; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, James Noble; and son-in-law, Gregory Griffin.

Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. ( was in charge of the arrangements.

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