Henry Clay Noble, 72, of Pink Hill passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Vidant Medical Center. Henry was born on July 16, 1948, to James Perry Noble and Clara Louise Johnston Noble of Kinston. He attended Duplin County schools, North Carolina State University, and was a graduate of Mount Olive College.
Henry’s military career consisted of active duty Air Force and service in the North Carolina Army National Guard where he obtained a rank of Master Sergeant and area recruiting NCO. After his retirement from the military, he started a career in insurance sales with Nationwide Insurance: Jerry K. Hatcher Agency until his passing. Henry built a special bond with his customers, and his co-workers became his work family.
Henry was a member of Pink Hill United Methodist Church, active in the choir, men’s group and served on various committees.
Henry was also a member of the Beulaville Masonic Lodge (658) and served as their Past Master. He was also a member of the American Legion (Post 379) in the positions of Past Commander and Adjutant. In the Shrine Club, he was a member of Sudan Shrine and the Lenoir County Shrine Club, in addition to being a member of the Pink Hill Ruritan Club.
Preceding Henry in death were his parents, James Perry Noble and Clara Louise Johnston Noble; brothers, Joseph Garland Noble and James Perry Noble Jr.; and children, Christopher Clay Noble and Heather Dawn Noble. He is survived by his wife Lorie Hill Noble; daughters, Christin Clarice Noble and husband David Gallagher Jr., Lauren Noble Wells and husband James McSherry Wells, III; grandson James McSherry (Mac) Wells, IV; sister-in-law, Hope Noble; niece, Rebecca Noble Ring and husband Kenneth Ring; and a great niece and several great nephews.
When Henry was not volunteering, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on the coast and being “Pop Pop” to his Grandson, Mac. Henry had a servant’s heart and could never say no to anyone, always helping those in need. He will be missed not only by his family but also by all of the lives he touched.
Special thanks to the kind staff of Vidant Medical Systems. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, North Carolina.
A grave side service is planned at Oakridge Memorial Park in Pink Hill, NC on Wednesday September 30, 2020, for 11:00am.
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