The Obit For Noel Philley

Noel H. Philley

The Paris News, Published November 4, 2009

Noel H. Philley, 91, of Paris passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Dr. James Semple officiating. Burial follows in Mount Tabor Cemetery.

The family receives friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

He was the son of M. O. and Leila Dancer Philley, born Feb. 26, 1918, in Garretts Bluff. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. His career spanned from a wrangler on the Walton Ranch in Kermit, minor league baseball player for the Red Sox, owner and operator of Humble Service Stations in west Texas and in Paris. He was the first Allstate Insurance agent in Paris and later had 37 years as an independent insurance agent as Philley Insurance Agency.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Paris, the Lion’s Club, and Paris Bass Club. He loved the Lord, his family and his friends. He enjoyed fishing and hunting for many years. After retirement, he enjoyed working in his shop creating his two-piece chicken-dinners, birdhouses and other items to give to his friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jim Edmonson; his parents; a brother, Frank Philley and his wife, Martha; and a sister-in-law, Nell Philley.

Survivors include his wife, Melba Williams Edmonson Philley, whom he married May 15, 1971; children, Candy Philley of Mansfield, Cindy Brown of Oxford, Ga., Callie Brown and husband, Kevin, of Midlothian, and Belinda Little and husband, Darnell, of Paris; a brother, Dave Philley of Paris; grandchildren, Lucinda Brown, Clint and Brittany Echols, Greg and April Wilson, Aaron Little, Andy and Stephanie Lee, Blake and Christie Little, David and Kaitlin Plumberg, Austin Lee, Carson Philley and Catherine Edmonson; and great-grandchildren, Emma Brown, Caleb Echols and Berlin Wilson; along with a niece and several nephews and a plethora of friends.

He was an inspiration to his family and all who knew him. We pray that we can follow in his footsteps for he was truly a gentleman and a kind and caring man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

“To have known him was to love him.”

His grandsons will serve as casket bearers.

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