Noel was called to active duty in the U.S. Army in April, 1962. He and Janice were stationed at Ft. Lee, Va.; Hanau, Germany; Bangkok, Thailand; Ft. Sam Houston; Seoul, Korea; Ft. Hood, and Noel served two tours in Viet Nam. Their two daughters Lesly Windham Haygood and Jennifer Lynne Windham were born in 1961 and 1964. After the Army, Noel managed a restaurant, but rejoined the military community as a civilian with the Air Force and then the Army, retiring from MWR at Ft. Sam in 2001. He then pursued his many hobbies: vegetable gardening, stained glass, woodworking, reading, and especially hunting and fishing. He loved spending time at the deer camp on his “place” with friends and family (males only). Sitting around a campfire with grandsons poking the fire was true joy. He taught his grandsons how to butcher hogs and deer and how to process the meat. As his legs failed him, he took great pleasure in guiding his grandsons and daughter Jennifer in successful hunts.
He will be greatly missed by wife Janice, daughters Lesly (husband Bill) and Jennifer, grandsons Preston Windham Haygood, Hunter Gordon Haygood, Caleb Williams Haygood, and Samuel Warren Haygood; nephews Colin and Dylan Windham (wife Julie), Chris (wife Julie) and Clint (wife Jill) Colvin; nieces Corrie Colvin Williams (husband James) and Cathie Colvin; two great-nephews and three great nieces; sisters-in-law Pam Colvin (husband Jim) and Mary Windham and his beloved Brittany Spaniel, Max III. He was pre-deceased by his parents, his parents-in-law Sam and Ruth Hoff, his brother Don and his brother-in-law Sammie Don Hoff.
Services will be conducted at Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy, Tx., March 13, 2012, at 2:00 PM with burial at the Pawnee Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pawnee Methodist Church or the South Texas Children’s Home.
Pallbearers: Preston Haygood, Hunter Haygood, Caleb Haygood, Samuel Haygood, Chris Colvin, Clint Colvin, Colin Windham, Dylan Windham, Frank Blakely, J.T. Thames.
Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy, Tx.