Dr. William Chester “Bill” Noblet passed from this life into our memories on Dec. 26, 2011. He had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage on Christmas Eve. Dr. Noblet was born June 7, 1940, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Chester and Wilma Noblet.
He was raised in Spiro, a town that always remained dear to his heart. During his lifetime Bill served the Lord well, loving friends, neighbors and patients as he did himself; they loved him in return.
Bill graduated, cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree; in 1961 he was named in “Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges.” He then attended the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine where he received his Doctor of Medicine Degree. Medical School was followed by a rotating internship at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas; a residency in internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center; fellowships in medical oncology at Mountain States Tumor Institute, Boise, Idaho; bone marrow transplantation at the University of Washington in Seattle and pediatric oncology at the University of Colorado in Denver. From 1975-1982 he held a teaching appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Texas Tech University of Medicine. And finally, for more than 25 years, until his retirement in the summer of 2011, he served as the Medical Oncologist at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada.
From 1967-1968, Bill served his country in Vietnam as a Lieutenant, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserves, earning the Bronze Star; from 1968-1969 he served at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., and from 1971-1976 he served as Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserves. In 1971, he was named in “Outstanding Young Men of America.”
Bill loved sports, all sports, but especially Oklahoma University football. When OU was playing, Bill wore crimson and cream whether he was at the game or not. For years, Bill and his mother traveled from their respective homes, meeting in Norman to cheer on the Sooners.
Bill loved animals, in particular the canine companions he treated as children and spoiled through the years. A classical pianist, Bill enjoyed playing along to the howls of his dogs. He served on the Board of PAWS (The Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society), an organization he supported wholeheartedly.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his paternal aunt, Irene Noblet Beasley, Springfield, Mo.; a cousin, Annabelle Benson and husband Charles, Springfield; his second cousin/goddaughter, Suzanne Johnson, and husband Sam, Springfield; his “kids,” the three Schnauzers, Braly, Foster and Jigs, as well as extended family and beloved friends.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Criswell Funeral Home. Viewing and visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Criswell Funeral Home. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the First Baptist Church of Ada; his body will then be transported to Spiro where he will be laid to rest beside his parents.
A graveside service at the Spiro cemetery will take place Monday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m., officiated by Rev. Darrin McKnight, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Spiro, assisted by John Redwine; this will be followed by a visitation time and light refreshments in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to the Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society,1200 Sandy Creek Drive, Ada, OK 74820.
Online condolences may be sent to criswellfh.com.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada, is handling arrangements.
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