Noble Melton "Buddie" Johnson Austin/Jacksonville, TX A funeral service for Noble Melton "Buddie" Johnson of Austin, formerly of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Friday, October 21, 2016 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville, Texas with Rev. Larry Barker officiating. He will be laid to rest at Earle's Chapel Cemetery. Noble passed away Monday, October 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 96. He was born on the family farm outside McAlester, Oklahoma, on September 17, 1920, to Robert Bracy and Lillie Barnett Johnson. He attended Celestine School, both the little and big rooms. His father passed away when Noble was 15; he and his mother stayed on the farm 2 more years. In 1937, they moved to Lindsay, Oklahoma. After serving 22 months in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Sulphur, Oklahoma, he moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma. It was here he met and married Doris Self in 1941. They were happily married for 75 years. Noble was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy Seabees during the Iwo Jima invasion. He always considered himself fortunate to survive that battle. In 1949, the family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. Their first night was spent at Koronado Kourts on North Beach. All night long, intermittently, a siren wailed. They worried that Corpus must have a high crime rate. Come morning, they realized it was the Bascule Bridge going up and down. They were relieved. Noble was a faithful member of Travis Baptist Church in Corpus, Christi for 43+ years. He served as a deacon, was on many committees, and was a member of the Men's Sunday School Class. He retired from American Smelting and Refining Company with 30 years of service. He and Doris moved to Jacksonville, Texas in July 2006. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Noble was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife Doris; son, James R. Johnson and wife Carolyn; daughter, Sheila Eveslage and husband Tom, both of Austin; son, Leslie W. Johnson and wife Lynn of Jacksonville, Texas. He is also survived by five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geneva Herrington; and a half-brother, General Johnson. Pallbearers will be Les Johnson, John Prewitt, Tom Eveslage, Cliff Richardson, Clay Richardson and John Davis. Visitation will be Friday, October 21, 2016 from 1 to 2 o'clock in the afternoon at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
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