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Obituary: Noble Barnhill, Columbus

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Noble Richard Barnhill, 73, of Columbus, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

He was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky, April 20, 1940, the son of the late Samuel Henderson Barnhill and Flora V. Collier Barnhill. He married Wilma S. Wilson on February 2, 1959 in Williamsburg, Ky., and she preceded him in death on August 3, 2013.

He had worked for Arvin Industries and later for Cummins Engine Company as a turbo tester. Noble retired in 2003. He was a longtime member of the Hartsville Masonic Lodge, had served at Hartsville Marshall in the 1980s and had assisted the Columbus City Police Department. He had also worked for Securitas Security Company. Noble was a member of the Diesel Workers Union and the Clay Township Fire Department, which was started in his garage in 1977, where meetings were held.

Noble enjoyed fishing, camping, Purdue basketball, caring for Wilma before her death and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Peggy (John) Crow of Atlanda, Ga.; a son, David (Courtney) Barnhill of Columbus; grandchildren, (Brittany) Rollie Abshire of Atlanta, Ga., Breylyn (AC2 Joshua) Henry of Fresno, Calif., Paige Ramsey and Emily Bass, both of Columbus; a great-grandson, Jonathan Michael Henry of Fresno, Calif; brothers, Thomas Joel Barnhill, and Ronnie Ray (Mary) Barnhill, both of Williamsburg, Ky., and Oren Wade (Linda) Barnhill of Somerset, Ky.; sister-in-laws, Pat Barnhill of Columbus and Nancy Barnhill of Williamsburg, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife; sisters, Geneva V. Powell and Brenda Sue Rains; brothers, Ray L. Barnhill and Maurice Howard Barnhill; and a half-brother, Harold Barnhill.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street with the Rev. Daniel Coblentz officiating. Calling will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clay Township Volunteer Fire Department or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. You may light a virtual candle and send a message to the family at


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