Former city commissioner dies at 74

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Colleagues described Eldred Noble as a robust man with a strong opinion.

Noble, 74, of Clovis, died Saturday morning at a Lubbock Hospital from complications after undergoing open heart surgery in October.

Noble served as a city commissioner for two terms, according to Mayor David Lansford, and was active in public works. Lansford recalled Noble as being extremely interested in the city landfill project and a “strong proponent for the Ute water project.” Lansford said Noble was a “very interesting commissioner” who “constantly challenged the process.”

The mayor said he had an enjoyable and respectful relationship with Noble, in business and on a personal level. Noble owned a truck escort service for several years.

“He (Noble) didn’t mince words,” Lansford said. “He just let the chips fall where they fell.”

Isidro Garcia, city commissioner, agreed that Noble was outspoken. Garcia said he served both terms with Noble on the commission and remembers him as often being “controversial.”

“I got along great with him though,” Garcia said. “I enjoyed serving with him.”

Although outspoken and controversial, colleagues said Noble always had the people of Clovis’ well-being in mind.

Gloria Wicker laughed as she called up memories of serving with Noble on the city commission. She said she met him 10 years ago when she first became active in city government.

“He was always very, very nice to me,” Wicker said. “But I learned not to ask him a question, unless I was really ready to hear the answer.”

Wicker defined her colleague as sharp-minded with a good sense of humor. He was something to reckon with,” Wicker said.

The “big man with the big voice” liked to drive his car fast and travel the United States in his RV as a member of High Plains Good Sams Club, according to Wicker.

“He was a character,” Wicker said.

He is survived by his wife, Majorie.