Charles Phillip Noakes, 75, departed from this world on June 19, 2010, at his home in Houston, Mo. Charles was born on Aug. 24, 1934, at Sullivan, Mo., to Charles Marion Noakes and Minnie Blanche (Northcutt) Noakes.
“Charlie,” as he was known, graduated from Houston High School in 1951 and soon thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served his country in the Korean War. During the war, his ship came under enemy fire by torpedoes. Charlie was wounded in action and spent several months recuperating from his wounds in a Japanese hospital.
Charlie began a career in the aviation field at Wichita, Kan., and was later employed by McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. Subsequently, he became a quality control supervisor for the welding division of the Atlas Missile Program, which caused him to work short-term assignments all over the country. After completion of the missile program, Charlie returned to Missouri, where he was employed at Ft. Leonard Wood before becoming an over-the-road truck driver for Nickels Pallet Mill. Charlie’s employment travels allowed him to see most of our country and provided him with many stories with which to entertain friends and family.
Charlie was a man of many interests. He was an avid horseman, excelling at timed events and winning many contests in barrel racing and pole bending. He became a sought after horse trainer and consultant. Later in life, his great joy was in judging horse shows, and he became a World Certified Fox Trotter Judge. He served as a judge for the World Championships many times. Charlie was also very passionate about hunting. He never missed a deer season and even went elk hunting in Colorado. Among his other passions were gun and knife trading. Charlie loved a good trade and would drive long distances for a special item. He could tell you the value of almost any antique western item or where to find it. Another of Charlie’s special loves was stockcar racing. Many a Sunday afternoon was spent cheering on his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt and later his son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Also, Charlie liked a good game of cards.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Cliff; his sister, Betty Jo; and son, James Daniel Noakes.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Caroline Hurley of the home; his daughter, Jan Watson and husband, Carl, of Houston, Mo.; his daughter, DeAnn Buschmann of Vienna, Mo.; his daughter, Lisa Thompson and husband, Brad, of Salem, Mo.; his son, Jeff Noakes and wife, Jacquetta, of Salem, Mo.; a granddaughter Tabbi Ireland of Ozark, Mo.; a grandson, Jarid Scheets and wife, Jennifer, of Houston, Mo; a granddaughter, Heather Chowning and husband, Steve, of Mountain View, Mo.; a step-granddaughter, Jamie Vines and husband, Steve, of Mountain View, Mo.; a step-grandson, Justin Watson and wife, Kelly, of Doniphan, Mo.; a grandson, Jimmy Buschmann and wife, Dana, of Summersville, Mo.; a grandson, Jonathan Thompson and wife, Amy, of Salem, Mo.; a grandson, Jordan Thompson of Springfield, Mo.; a granddaughter, Jessalyn Noakes of Springfield, Mo.; step-children, Michelle Smith and husband, John, of Springdale, Ark., Tina Stoops of Republic, Mo., Kendra and Dalton Fortune and Hayden Smith of Springdale, Ark., Zac and Zoe Elder of Republic, Mo., and Ethan Smith of Mountain Grove, Mo. Charlie also was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Houston, Mo. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Evans Funeral Home with Dr. Howell Burkhead officiating. Graveside services and internment followed at Palace Cemetery in Evening Shade, Mo., with full military honors. Pallbearers were Jarid Scheets, Jimmy Buschmann, Jon Thompson, Jessalyn Noakes, Dalton Fortune, Zachary Elder, Jordan Thompson and Nick Portincaso.
The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Palace Cemetery in his honor in lieu of floral arrangements.