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Sunday June 14th, 2020
2:30pm - 6:00pm

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Herbert C Nobles

Herbert C. Nobles, 83, of Cherry Creek died at home unexpectedly on Thursday, June 11, 2020.  He was born February 11, 1937 in Jamestown, NY, a son of the late Nelson and Doris Sweetland Nobles. 

A 1955 graduate of Pine Valley Central School, he owned and operated Nobles Farm, which was established in 1963 and was named a Dairy of Distinction Farm in 1984.  He was a member of the Upstate Milk Cooperative and its predecessors since 1964, serving as an Upstate Delegate for 37 years, a Director for 30 years, Treasurer for 20 years and Vice President of the Board of Directors for six years. Herb was also on the O-AT-KA Board of Directors for 25 years serving two years as Secretary, four years as Vice President and 16 years as President.  He was a Farm Bureau member, served on the Conewango Watershed Commission for 48 years, the Chautauqua County Extension Ag Board for 10 years and was a member of the Pine Valley Ag Advisory committee.  He was inducted into the Pine Valley Wall of Fame in 2009.

Herb was an avid basketball fan, especially of the Pine Valley Lady Panthers.  He loved to spend time with his family and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s events (sports and music).  He loved his boxer dogs, work horses, horse pulls, John Deere tractors and camping – especially on “the hill.”

Herbert is survived by his wife, Barbara Warm Nobles, whom he married August 2, 1958; daughters Deborah (Dale) Hooker of South Dayton, Brenda (Patricia Francis) Nobles of Homer, NY, Lynda (Wesley) Fidler of Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada and Sandra (Steve Swenko) Olson of Falconer; a son Nelson (Elena Agapova) Nobles of South Dayton; nine grandchildren:  Stacy Long, Brian Hooker, Lee Hooker, Joshua Fidler, David Fidler, Steven Olson, Justin Olson, Anna Agapova-Nobles and Aiden Agapov-Nobles; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Jane Mansfield, Joyce West and Patricia Frost, and a brother Roy Nobles.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at DiStasio Funeral Home, 478 Rt. 83, South Dayton on Sunday, June 14, from 2:30-6 pm.  A private family funeral will be held on Monday, June 15, with Pastor Ken Pratt officiating. Pursuant to the “unpausing” New York State guidelines, 25% occupancy limitations will be observed. Face masks are required.

 Burial will be in Villenova Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherry Creek Fire Department, PO Box 204, Cherry Creek, NY  14723 or a charity of one’s choice.


We didn't know Herb well but we knew his daughter, Debbie. She is a wonderful person who I'm sure she reflects many of the wonderful qualities of her father. Our prayers are with the family.

The Swaugers Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to the Nobles family. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Always enjoyed talking with Herb and Barb when we had the opportunity.

Anna and Brian Colvin

Anna and Brian Colvin Jun 14 2020 12:00 AM

In my many years of refereeing basketball, I saw Herb and his wife at many of those games and we became friends. It always made my night better to walk into a gym and have Herb smile and wave at me. Their support for high school basketball was legendary, not only for the Pine Valley teams, but for many other schools in the county. My most vivid memory of Herb occurred after a playoff game where two of the Pine Valley adult fans were unmerciful to us as referees. I drove home discouraged and didn't sleep well. Early the next morning my phone rang and it was Herb calling to say how much he had appreciated my dedication to basketball over the years, and he said he just wanted to apologize for the behavior of those fans the night before. I have never forgotten that , and it speak speaks to the kind of man he was. By the way, I did get a ride in his combine, I and so many others have lost a friend. My sympathy to his dear wife and the rest of the family

Paul Cooley Jun 14 2020 12:00 AM

I was raised down the road from Herb. From the time I was old enough to drive a tractor. I worked for

I lived down the road from Herb & Barb. From the time i was old enough to work I did it for Herb. From shoveling chickin poop,to baling hay with one of the first kicker balers.I enjoyed the moments more now then i did then.God bless Barb & i hope the Lord gives you a peace now.Love always.Gary & Linda Nash

Gary & Linda Nash Jun 14 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Herbert Nobles

Kathy and Dale Hillebert Jun 13 2020 12:00 AM

I had the privilege of working with Herb for over 30 years through USDA/ASCS. It was always a pleasure visiting with him at his farm or in the office. Discussing farm programs, agriculture in general or his beloved high school sports it was always a highlight of our day.
Herb, his family and many friends are in our thoughts and prayers .

Frank Finnerty Jun 13 2020 12:00 AM

I looked forward to Mr and Mrs Nobles visit to the restaurant I worked at. One of my favorite couples to wait on. Sending Hugs and will keep the Family in my thoughts and prayers.

Cindy Weaver Jun 13 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Herbert Nobles

Barbara Burris Jun 13 2020 12:00 AM

RIP Herb you were a great man and friend condolences to the family

Skip and Cindy Weaver Jun 13 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Herbert Nobles

Dan And Bette DiStasio Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

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