John Bradley Noble, world class entertainer died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at his Little Rock, [Ark.] residence. His ashes will rest on the graves of his parents, John W. Noble and Alletha Bradley Noble in his hometown of Kennett. He was preceded in death by his sister, Annette Noble Morgan. John B. leaves his daughter, Allison Jane Noble, his son, John Wesley Noble and his grandson, Garrett Bradley Noble, all of the Little Rock area.
John B. began his musical career in 1957. He and friends, Keith Duncan, Henry Horstman, Bill Kelly, Gary Hogan, Ronnie Looney, and Bob Payne, "The Satellites", playing for their schoolmates at Kennett High School. He graduated from KHS in 1959 and attended classes at the University of Missouri and at Memphis State University for a time, but music and entertainment called him away from his books.
John B. was the life of the party. Thousands of oldies were at his command and John B. Noble and The Noblemen made music all over the mid-South. Friends knew him also as a comic genius. He might sing an entire opera made up on the spot, a magnificent burlesque, starring John B. as composer and all the characters ... zany ad lib monologues flowed easy as breathing! No one escaped stardom while John B. entertained. Everyone present and some who were not were featured in his act.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m.