Donald Frank Noble, 93, of Crossett, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. On February 25, 1929, he was born to his parents, Robert Roy and Icalee Hancock Noble. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a 1947 graduate of Crossett High School, and a decorated U.S. Navy veteran.
In 1947, at eighteen years of age, Don began his Navy career as a Seaman Apprentice. Over the next twenty years, he served on numerous vessels, including the USS Raby, USS Hollister, USS Buck, USS Decator, and the USS Cascade, among others. His service, which included two tours in Vietnam, multiple duty stations, and many service medals, concluded with an honorable discharge in 1967.
Following his military career, Don worked in construction for several years. In 1984, he began a new chapter of his life. He was hired as the new Director of Maintenance and Engineering for the Ashley Memorial Hospital in Crossett. This career would include numerous tasks, such as overseeing the build of a new county hospital, the Ashley County Medical Center. With his vast knowledge of hospital building codes and procedures, Don served on many committees, including the Building and Grounds Committee. After retirement in 2002, he continued to serve and offer advice whenever needed.
Don was “old school.” He believed in being plain-spoken, was almost always right, and would argue with anyone who disagreed. However, he was also big-hearted and would help anyone in need.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and cooking and loved sharing his bounty with his many friends and family, especially his grandson, Jacob, and his many friends.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his stepmother, Louise Noble, his wife, Doris Trussell Noble, and one brother, Robert Noble.
He leaves behind five children, Amy Watt (Jerry Day) of Longview, AR, Donald Weavers, Jennifer Garcia, and Andrew Weavers, all of Colorado, and Charles Brown of Oklahoma; along with one sister, LaNell Murphy of Crossett; one grandson, Jacob Watt (Ashley Cook); and one great-grandchild, Gayla Marie Watt.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 7th, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett, with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating, followed by cremation.
Visitation will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m., prior to the service.
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