John Clay Noel III died at his home on Monday, November 5, 2012
following a prolonged illness. He was born in 1931 to the late John C.
Noel and Agnes Crouse Noel. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Snider Noel; three sons, John Gregory, David Jeffrey (Judy), and Stephen Bradley (Kelly); and his beloved grandchildren, John David and Audrey Paige. In addition, he is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Hockensmith and Johness Wood, and many nieces and nephews who often went to “Uncle Bud” for advice. His entire working years were devoted to the community of Frankfort as an officer and CEO of State National Bank, later Whitaker Bank.
Mr. Noel received his education at Good Shepherd School, Notre Dame University, the University of Kentucky, the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he graduated with high distinction. He was a true Renaissance man who enjoyed good books and good music – especially jazz, both early New Orleans and later cool jazz style. He had a razor sharp mind, which could cut through to the basics, particularly in his chosen field of banking. Besides his family, his passions included hunting, fishing, and the love of the land.
Mr. Noel served on many boards at both the local and state level, including the Red Cross, YMCA where he received the Man of the Year award, as Treasurer of the Salvation Army, and co-chair of Frankfort’s 200th anniversary celebration. He was honored as Good Shepherd School alumnus of the year in 2009, and in addition he served the Diocese of Lexington as financial advisor, was on the Kentucky Bankers Association Board of Directors, and was chairman of the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky. He was a member of the Southeastern Mutual Insurance Company board which later became Anthem. In 2005, Mr. Noel received the Governor’s citation for volunteerism.
Mr. Noel will be remembered for his gentle wit and mental acuity, his strong devotion, and his unfailing belief in truth and honesty. In times of crisis, whether small or large, his advice could always be depended upon to clarify choices, calm confusion, and empower others. In this age of partisan discord, he was able to see both sides of an issue, and disagree without rancor, seeking instead to relish life
with all its incongruities. He leaves his family and friends with so
many wonderful memories.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the Church of the Good Shepherd at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9th. followed be interment at the Frankfort Cemetery. Visitation will be held in Rogers Funeral Home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th, with a brief prayer service and eulogy at 6:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the John Noel Memorial Scholarship at Good Shepherd School, C/O Hilliard Lyons, 325 West Main Street, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40507, Hospice of the Bluegrass or to the charity of one’s choice.