Noble Southern


Jr. Southern (Noble), 88, of Columbus, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015, at Columbus Regional Hospital.

He was a master carpenter, still working every day, and was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Garden City and the American Legion.

He loved sprint car racing, working on cars and lawn mowers, motorcycles, doing his carpentry work, and going to car auctions.

Born August 7, 1927, in Bloomington, he was the son of Noble Southern and Ruby Hall McQueen. He married Virginia Wood February 11, 1950, and she preceded him in death March 19, 2000.

More than anything, Jr. was a great dad, and grandfather, a loving husband, and an all-around good and honest person. His name “Noble” fit him perfectly.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Pastor Bob Reeves officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial, with a military graveside service provided by Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard, will be at Sidney Cemetery near St. Louis Crossing.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to St. Jude Chidren’s Hospital.

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Survivors include children, Dorothy Kay (Art) Winkler of Columbus, Roger (Kathy) Southern of Columbus, Nina (Bob) Owens of Columbus, and Doug Southern, and granddaughter, Ashlynn, of Hope; grandchildren, Paula Winkler of Hope, Jennifer Wilson of Columbus, Tiffany (Daryl) Thomas of Columbus and Shannon (Everett) Ison of Virginia Beach; great-grandchildren, Keaton, Brittany, Jacob, Klaeton, Owen, Isaac, Miya, and Ashlynn; great-great-grandchildren, Chloe and Norrin; and a sister, JoAnn Glasson of North Vernon.

Jr. was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Becky Speers; a son, Terry Wayne; a grandson, Brian Winkler; a sister, Jean Taylor; and brothers, Ray and Lee Sullivan.