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Obituary for Nelson Dale Noble

Nelson Dale “Pinky” Noble, 84 years of age, of Lefors, Texas, peacefully passed away at his home with family by his side on Thursday, December 15, 2022. He was born on October 9, 1938, to Wayne and Mary Noble in Borger, Texas.

In 1957, Pinky enlisted with the United States Navy and proudly served his beloved country for 4 years. His tenure sparked a lifelong interest for ships and claimed that he “could have lived his entire life on a ship.” Following his service, he married Karen Hunter on February 8, 1963, in Panhandle, Texas and so began their life journey.

After 47 years as a machinist, for a variety of companies he settled into a life of retirement. His eye for intricate detail and preciseness while working gave him the ability to make beautiful works of art. He could turn a piece of wood into something amazing. Pinky’s love for birds as well as woodworking, made the perfect opportunity to build something special with each of his grandchildren to treasure!

Pinky had several hobbies, including playing solitaire, collecting Indian artifacts, hunting arrowheads, reading poetry, studying astronomy, and collecting model trains. He was very musically inclined and could play the guitar as well as the French Harp and he could sing like a bird, but his shyness didn’t allow for most to hear him; however, he wasn’t too shy to whistle, and everyone got to enjoy!

One to sit back and observe rather than “be in the thick of it,” Pinky was extremely soft spoken, but very stubborn! Once his mind was made up – there was no changing it. He was often found sitting on his back porch watching and listening to the birds or firing up his grill to cook his infamous baby back ribs.

Awaiting his arrival into heaven were his beloved wife, Karen; parents; three brothers, Michael Noble, Don Noble, Jerry Noble and three sisters, Mary Noble, Alice Noble and Ann Riggle.

Those he has left here to carry on his legacy are four children, Gary Hayes of Lefors, Roy Noble of Whitesboro, TX, Lynn Lawing and husband Bill of Lindsay, OK, Todd Noble of West Virginia; a brother, Kelly Watson and wife Amy of Borger; nine grandchildren, Renee’ Whiteside, Ami Hines, Stacey Willis, Leeanna Capes, Kara Case, Jessi Noble, Candice Noble, Celeste Noble, Savannah Noble; 14 great-grandchildren, Mira, Hannibal, Karson, Gabriel, Isaiah, Jade, Zoe, Bailey, Isabella, Ansel, Liam, Asher, Maddie, Zephyr; his sidekick and four legged buddy, Ginger as well as many extended family members and friends who loved him dearly.

Celebration of Life Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at Memorial Heights Cemetery in Lefors. The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Winegeart Funeral Home.

Should donations be a preference, the family suggests they be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1535 West Loop S, Houston, Texas 77027 or by visiting in loving memory of Pinky.

Should you wish to leave words of comfort and condolences for the family on Pinky’s Book of Memories, please visit