Noel Lee Soileau Sr.

December 4, 1938March 3, 2018
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Noel Lee Soileau, Sr. 79, a forty-four year resident of Lumberton, passed away on Saturday March 3, 2018 in Houston. He was born on December 04, 1938 in Crowley, Louisiana to his parents Joseph H. Soileau and Coda Perkins Soileau who preceded him in death.

Noel was a retired Machinist with UNOCAL. He was a Baptist by faith and a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Loeb. As mentioned he was a Machinist First Class who loved doing his craft. He especially enjoyed restoring Power King Tractors and also was an avid old car enthusiast. Noel was always up to the task of helping anybody, at any time with their respective repairs. He loved the Lord, his family, and his friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Nita Soileau of Lumberton; son, Noel Lee Soileau, Jr. and wife Kim of Lumberton; daughter, Lori Sell and husband Steve of Lumberton; sister, Rhinda Hooper and husband John of Canyon Lake; grandson, Private First Class Trenton Sell of the Marines; and two granddaughters, Breann Soileau and Haidyn Soileau.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday March 7, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Noel’s Life will be held at First Baptist Church of Lumberton on Thursday March 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Arthritis Foundation P. O. Box 96288 Washington, D.C. or online at in honor of Noel Lee Soileau, Sr.


  • Joseph H. Soileau, Father
  • Coda Perkins Soileau, Mother
  • Nita Soileau, Wife
  • Noel Lee Soileau Jr. and wife Kim, Son
  • Lori Sell and husband Steve, Daughter
  • Rhinda Hooper and husband John, Sister
  • Trenton Sell, Grandson
  • Breann Soileau, Granddaughter
  • Haidyn Soileau, Granddaughter

  • Lenert Tiemann
  • Lynn Snowden
  • Willis Smith
  • Bob Allemond
  • Adam Baylor
  • John Hooper
  • Steve Sell
  • Trenton Sell
  • Robert Doucet


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • A Celebration of Noel's Life Thursday, March 8, 2018

Noel Lee Soileau Sr.

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Noel Lee Soileau, Jr.

July 13, 2018

As I sat and tried to compile my thoughts about my Dad, I began to realize how hard it was to sum up this great man in a few short sentences. I continued to come back to the same feeling of, always there. My dad was always there. He explained to me on more than one occasion that he wished he had spent more time with my sister and I when we were growing up. He felt as if he had worked more than he should have when we were younger, trying to provide for us as a family, and had missed out on things. But the thing is, I can't seem to remember a time when he wasn't there. He always made time to take us on trips and family vacations. He was always there on holidays making memories with us. He spent time with me camping and motorcycle riding. He would spend his weekend in his shop working on projects and he always made me a part of it. My Dad was always there to help me if I needed anything fixed. He wouldn't do it for me, he would show me the way. He was there teaching me. He taught me how to work on things, to think through problems, and to find a solution.

When I grew older, he was always there if I had a question about how something worked, because he had usually already worked on it himself. He was always there to give me advice about a situation that I was facing in my own life. My Dad was always there as a mentor to me on how to treat others, and what to expect out of others toward me. So many times in life you need someone to talk to, someone to guide you and to ask advice from, and my Dad was always there. I thank God that I was given a Dad that loved me and taught me so much about life and was always there.

Martha Carpenter

July 13, 2018

Words cannot begin to express my deep sorrow with your loss. Cling to the love and precious memories that you share as a family and hold tightly to your faith and knowing God is right there beside you. This journey is very difficult, but you will find strength and comfort each day through God's love and the caring concern of family and friends. May you truly feel the warmth of God's love as he embraces you. "With God, love lives forever." With sympathy and my love and prayers for each of you, Martha

Murphy Jorden

July 13, 2018

I am deeply saddened at the passing of your dear husband and father, Lee Sr. I have very fond memories of him and my heart goes out to you and the rest of your family. May God comfort you and send peace, Love Murphy

Melanie Dorsey

July 13, 2018

Buster was one of a kind. He made me laugh ALWAYS!! Many may not realize this, but Nita and Buster used to take me & Amy on their dates before they were married. I would go with Nita and Amy would ride with Buster (you and a Corvair at that time) and we'd race to our destination each one taking a different route. That had to be Buster's idea. He made everything good. And although he'll be missed terribly, you know he's already made Heaven a better place. All our love, Mel & Steve.

Mark Dorsey

July 13, 2018

I was very saddened to hear about Uncle Lee's passing. I do not feel that he is gone from us. While we are not able to see him anymore, I have some very fond memories and can picture him laughing. He was always there for all of the kids and making sure the kids were having fun. From making ice cream to go carts and tractors and even snipe hunting. I believe this influenced me in that I always believe kids come first. I have enjoyed teaching kids to scuba dive much more than adults. I truly hope that you are doing well and focus on all of the great times and memories. With my deepest sympathies, Mark

Leon Dorsey

July 13, 2018

Buster was one of a kind. He always made us laugh until we cried. How fortunate we were to have in our family. Our hearts & prayers are with you now and always. Love, The Leon Dorsey Family

Karen Johnston

July 13, 2018

I remember Lee being such a wonderful, giving, caring, Christian man. I know all of you are still grieving. Just want to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers on this First Father's Day weekend. Sincerely, Karen

Britney Altman Culver

March 17, 2018

My favorite memory of Mr. Lee was from our time together at FBC Lumberton. He was always such a sweet and compassionate person, and I always had fun playing and joking with him at the evening choir rehearsals or when we would get together for lunch at their house. He was the first one to teach me about a tractor, and never got tired of showing them to me on visits. He will always hold a special place in my heart, and I know he is giving tractor lessons in heaven!

Love all of you! - Britney and Taylor

Kristin Torrez

March 17, 2018

The best memory I have is of Mr. Lee and Mrs. Nita. They were my Sunday School teachers when I was in 3rd grade. We were learning the books of the Bible. We would recite what we memorized each week. Well, Mr. Lee got a job in California. I only memorized through The Song of Solomon, then they moved. Thats all I have memorized to this day.
I remember when they moved back. I was so excited. Mr. Lee and Mrs. Nita have always lived me and been there for me. Mr. Lee, you are a wonderful man of God.

Brad Parsons

March 5, 2018

Lee, I am truly sorry for your loss, I know that your father was proud of the man you are. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


      Many things can be said about Noel Lee Soileau Sr. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. He was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things he sought to accomplish. He generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

       His parents were Coda P. And Joseph H. Soileau.

       He had one younger sister named Rhinda. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family.

       In his spare time he liked hunting small game and working on old cars.

       He earned a certifcate in Diesel Mechanics. His favorite courses were welding and engine repair. He was comfortable with abstract information and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced him to think.

       In fact, he sometimes felt ill at ease when he was the one on the receiving end. Throughout his life he had many friends. Later in life, he became friends with Lenert Tiemann, Lynn Snowden and Robert Doucet.

       He was always caring and made certain that he considered Nita’s feelings.

       The children always loved him and he was completely and totally devoted to them.

       His primary occupation was his primary occupation was Machinist, First Class. He began his employment working with his father at a Billups service station. He then began working for Oil City Brass where he became quite a good machinist. He said "Ralph Parton taught me a trade to live by and settled me down too. After many years, he left and went to work at Arco Polymers. A strike forced him to find work at Gulfco for a few months. He finished out his career working at UNOCAL for 9 years where he retired. Never being happy idle he worked during retirement at Triple S and later at Sour Lake Motor Company driving and delivering cars.

       His favorite things to do were to come up with ideas and build them. He had a shop in the backyard where he spent most of his time. He built trailers and could machine just about any part he or anyone else needed. There rarely was an engine he couldn't get running no matter it's condition. He loved cars especially Fords. As a young man he bought or traded several cars and could always be found working on them. He always helped people fix just about anything. No project was too big or too small. Bolts for a sailboat, a trailer for the band, an Eagle Scout project with his grandson, on and on. There was always something he would find to do in his shop.

       He and Nita both earned ranks in the martial art of Judo. Occasionally he liked to watch football on Sunday afternoons. Preferring to be outside in his shop unless it was cold and rainy.

       Throughout his later years, Noel was an active member of the NRA. He enjoyed singing tenor for several years in the Spindletop Men's Chorus.

       Charismatic by nature, he was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected to people, and upheld his personal values. Politically, Noel was strong conservative and a supporter of the Republican Party.

       He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lumberton and later he and Nita moved their membership to First Baptist Church of Loeb. While a member of each church, he was and active member of the Adult Choir. He was compassionate and warm hearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in his work with the congregation.

       Favorite vacations included the Henry Ford Museum, in Detroit, Michigan. Sightseeing while living and working in California in the mid-1990's especially when his children came to visit. He didn't care for flying so most vacations involved driving. They enjoyed staying in bed and breakfast homes. In the later years he and Nita bought an RV and took several trips and even took along a grandchild or two.

       They were best friends for several years. His family was rounded out by his beloved grand-dogs, Belle and Stormy.

       His new life involved relocating to back to Lumberton, Texas from Vacaville, California to be with his family. In retirement, he found new pleasure in restoring Economy Power King Tractors and making wagons for them out of spare parts. He restored a tractor for Trenton and painted "Tonka" on it since Trenton liked big trucks. He even painted a pink one for his granddaughters. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

       Noel fought a brave battle against several auto-immune diseases. The most severe were Vasculitis (Wegener's Granulomatosis) and Lupus Nephritis. He is survived by his wife, Nita Sue; his children Lori and Lee; his grandchildren Trenton, Breann and Haidyn and his sister Rhinda. Services were held at First Baptist Church of Lumberton due to flood damage from "Harvey" to First Baptist Church of Loeb. Noel was laid to rest in Garden of Hope at Forest Lawn Cemetary in Beaumont, Texas.

       He was generous in sharing his personal attributes, giving and helping those he knew and loved. He would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. He was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Everyone whose lives he touched will dearly remember Noel Lee Soileau Sr.