Friends, family remember 'The Yard Man' Billy Noblitt Jr.

Real estate agent died unexpectedly Tuesday

State Journal staff report, Published:

Around town, Billy Noblitt Jr. was known as “The Yard Man” for his real estate slogan, “Selling Frankfort by the yard.”

Friends and family gathered Tuesday to remember the veteran real estate agent as a well-loved jokester who was active in the community.

Noblitt died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at 56.

“I didn’t know very many people who didn’t know him,” Noblitt’s daughter, Belinda Bay, said.

Bay said she’s received hundreds of messages on her phone and through Facebook from people who loved her father.

“He was always cutting up, playing jokes,” Bay said, “trying to make you laugh.”

He was not only a great dad, Bay said, but also a respected businessman.

“They always said that he could sell ice to an Eskimo,” she said.

He made his name through years working in Frankfort real estate with Century 21 Commonwealth, and for his involvement with Capital Expo Festival.

“He’s a household name,” longtime friend Stan Salchli said. “Billy worked extremely hard the last couple of years to make sure Expo has continued on.”

Salchli worked with Noblitt since the early 1990s on the Capital Expo Festival board, where Noblitt was serving as president.

“He was just a super guy to work with,” Salchli said. “He definitely will be missed.”

Noblitt was instrumental in keeping the Expo at its current location, family members said. He wanted the festival to be there for his family to enjoy.

“The older his grandkids got, the more into it he got,” Bay said of her two 11-year-old sons.

In addition to real estate and the Expo board, Noblitt had also been involved with Frankfort Jaycees and was a member of the Frankfort Elks Lodge.

“He enjoyed keeping the community going,” Bay said.

Noblitt’s wife, Connie, said it was his love for people and the community that kept him so involved.

Billy and Connie Noblitt were high school sweethearts, graduating from Franklin County High School in 1975.

The two had been married for 38 years.

“Nobody will be able to fill his shoes,” Bay said.

Arrangements for Noblitt are pending at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home.

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  • Frankfort has lost another wonderful man.  Billy was always the same whenever you saw him.  My prayers go out to Connie and the rest of his family.

  • Billy was a great man, always ready to help anyone. He will be missed by a lot of people

  • Billy was good people he was always smiling took time to listen and gave great advise. I met Billy when I was invited to join the Jaycee's back in the 80's and instantly like being around him. He would joke and cut up, but when it came down to the nuts and bolts you couldn't find a better "go to person" to get the job done.

    Prayers for Connie and the kids.

  • we went to 1 grade to gether and yes he was a jokester  i know if i see me from far away he always said i know this guy  god bless

  • So sorry to hear of Billy's passing.  He was a very nice man with lots of energy and so well liked by everyone.  It's hard enough to lose someone when you're expecting it but beyond words. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.  May God Bless You each passing day.

  • Me and Billy were best friends in high school and was his best man in his wedding.Still remember driving around in his blue Grand Prix. Great memories. I am totally shocked. Just saw him a couple of weeks ago. He was a character everbody loved. Always smiling. Loved his  family and escpecially those 2 grand baby boys. I will miss him. Frankfort has lost another great individual. Me and my wife Tonya are praying for Connie and their family. God Bless....

  • Billy and I grew up together. He was like a brother to me.  We spent so much time in our younger days together. Wow can i tell the story of those days! Memories which still are with me to this day! Though the past years we havent seen much of the other due to my job and travels. My regret especially now hearing of our loss!  He was genuine, full of heart, outgoing, trusting and most of all a true friend. He will be missed by myself and all those that have come to know him. RIP my friend! You are not forgotten and I know without a doubt you will remain a beautiful memory to all who have gotten to know you! Loved you always Billy! My sincere condolences to Connie and family.

  • Knew Billy's parents, He was a Constitutional Page in the House.  An oustanding young man that married an outstanding young woman.  A Frankfort treasure,lost..

  • I went to high school with Billy & Connie and worked summers with Billy at Computer Services. He was a nice guy and alot of fun to be around. Always laughing and smiling. A big Elvis fan, we were going to double at the Elvis concert at the State Fair, but Elvis passed a day or so before the show. We played alot cards during the summers, Hearts, Spades, Rook...I don't think I ever beat him. We all were sure he was using slight of hand to win, nobody was that lucky. But he was most of the time. He will certainly be missed. I will certainly be thinking about Connie and the family, and lifting them up to the Lord.

  • I went to high school with Billy. Sorry to hear of his passing. He was a nice guy.


  • Best realtor around these parts, and a great guy to boot!  We will miss you Billy.

  • So sad to hear of the death of my friend and classmate.  Condolences to Connie and the family.

  • Billy was a genuinely friendly guy. Always smilled and spoke to you when you saw him out. Worked hard for you when you used his realtor services. Will be missed.

  • Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Noblitt family in this difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear this news.  I grew up with Billy in the Crestwood Subdivision.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Prayers for Connie and family.


  • So sorry to hear about Billy.  We are out of town Please know he will be greatly missed.

    Linda & Terry LaFontaine