Submitted by: Nadine Holder
As published in the Aledo Times Record
The death of Mr. Leroy Noble removes from this County one of it's oldest citizens. His life stretches back across the years to the early childhood of this community where his entire life was spent.
His grandparents were among the early pioneers of Mercer County. In that early day of young bride and groom, Mr. And Mrs. Lewis Noble, left their North Carolina home on their honeymoon, traveling not in an eight cylinder coupe, but the bride riding on horseback, while the groom walked by her side, carrying the trusty rifle. They made their way across the states until Indiana was finally reached where they settled for a time, but later came in an old "schooner" across Illinois and reaching the American bottom just across the bluff on what is now state highway #83, they decided to locate. Something of the wisdom of their choice can be gained by the fact that some of their descendants have been satisfied to live on the land selected by those early settlers. Among the children born to Mr. And Mrs. Lewis Noble, was David Johnson Noble, in whose home on February 9, 1846, the subject of this sketch, Leroy Noble, was born. In this home that great itinerant preacher, Peter Cartwright, in his wanderings up and down the state of Illinois, was a welcome guest.
It was in this atmosphere of religious culture that the early life of the deceased was spent - - his life and the work of the Methodist Church so closely linked together, that to think of one was to think of the other. The fruits of that early home training, which grew into his own definite faith abided with him to the end -- "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, faith, goodness, meekness, temperance." In this community the earthly tabernacle housed his spirit for the full length of his years and while others of his friends became wanderers, his spirit was fully naturalized to the community of his birth and though at times he journeyed to other places, yet it was but for a brief time and he soon found his way back to the one spot dearer to him than any other. In this community the early life, the enlarging experiences that came from the school of that day and the community contacts, took place. Here the ideals of his own home life, the character-forming principles of church and community were shaping his life along certain ideals that through the years he was to grace.
In the 24th year of his life, he and Miss Rachel Holilngsworth were united in marriage and the same year they purchased the land from Mr. Noble's Uncle, Joe, where for them life's deeper experiences were to be shared. I the beautiful home established by Mr. And Mrs. Noble along the bluffs between Joy and New Boston, overlooking the valley of the Father of Waters, life grew and expanded for them. Here their five children were born; here two of them were watched in their illness until they fell asleep; here the three surviving children grew to maturity and went out into the great world; here 35 years ago the life companion and other trailed off into the land of silence leaving the deceased to carry on, haunted with beautiful memories and a lovely loneliness. Life's joys came to him through his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, his friends, his church and through it the chance of extending his influence around the world , the needs of his community and the help he could give wherever needed. Always his influence was given to the constructive forces of life and as he came to the end and looked back over the trail of years, there were no shadows of evil deeds.
The last months of his life were spent in the home of his son, Roy N., of Joy, where, just as the sun had awakened a sleeping world and announced the coming of another beautiful late winter day, Friday February 26, the death angel summoned him and he fell asleep at the age of 86 years and 17 days. In his own family he leaves three children, Mrs. Sarah Stevens, of New Boston, Meredith, of New London, Iowa and Roy N. of Joy; two brothers Harvey of Mitchell, South Dakota, and James of New Boston, and one sister Mrs. J. A. Goding of Portland, Oregon; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. A short service was held at the home of Joy Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Flossye Jensen furnishing the music. Further services were held in the church at New Botson, Rev. Elston officiating. Dr. Danford sang "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and "Crossing the Bar." Mrs. Danford was at the piano. Burial was in the New Boston Cemetery. Pall bearers were six grandsons, Harold and Edward Stevens and Warren Noble of New Boston; Leroy and Dick Noble of New London, Iowa an George Holmes of South Bend Indiana.