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Friday, May 13, 2011

Leland C. Nobles, 90, of Smethport, PA

Leland C. Nobles, 90, of Smethport passed away on Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at Lakeview Senior Care and Living surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 23, 1921 to the late John and Loisa Nobles in Whitesville, NY. Leland married Esther Laura Wells of Shinglehouse on February 2, 1946 and they settled in Smethport.

Leland attended Bolivar Central School. He worked as a teamster for his father before enlisting in the United States Army in 1943. He became a Private First Class in the 111th Infantry Regiment serving in the Western Pacific during World War II. He received a Combat Infantry Badge, along with various other medals. In 2006, he was honored by the state of Pennsylvania for his service during World War II. Leland worked for Cleo Baker, 20 years at South Penn and for 19 years at Quaker State Refinery, retiring in 1983.

In addition to his wife of 65 years he is survived by his five children; Shirley (Russ) Warner from Marathon, NY, Judy Nobles, of Port Allegany, Sue (Jim) Wallace, Tom (Colleen) Nobles, and Kim (Bruce) Miller all of Smethport, PA, and by his brother Lyle Nobles, and sister Teresa Erwin both of Bolivar, NY.

Leland was the proud grandfather of Jodi (Scott) Flexman, Amy (Kevin) Radford, Patrick Wallace, Melissa Warner, Curt (Stacey) Wallace, Jamie (Kenny) Jividen, Andrew (Kathryn) Warner, Christopher Jenkins, Shana Miller, Kyle Nobles, Shane Miller, and Emily Miller. He was also called “Grandpa Great” by seven great grandchildren.

Leland is preceded in death by his brothers Leonard and Leslie Nobles, his sister Gertrude Harwood, his infant daughter Nancy Nobles and beloved daughter Penny Nobles Jenkins.

Leland enjoyed various hobbies. Over the years he took great pride in raising many types of animals but is best know for his peacocks. He established his own business, Nobles Upholstery, and kept bees to sell honey. He also loved riding his four wheeler and spending time outdoors. He will always be remembered and respected for his strong work ethic. His family will greatly miss this loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, at 2 PM, at the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

The family request donations to be made in Leland’s name to Central New York Baptist Youth Camp PO Box 204 Marathon, NY 13803 (Directed by his son-in-law Russ Warner) or the Smethport Fire Department

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