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.