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B. Vaughan Noble

B. Vaughan Noble

Burns Vaughan Noble, 88, of Richmond, died June 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Vaughan Noble; father, Charles Irving Noble; two brothers; five sisters; and one grandchild, Drue McIver Noble. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Wallace Kehoe Noble; two sons, J. Conway Kehoe Jr. (Mary Liz), and B. Vaughan (Van) Noble Jr.; his grandchildren, John C. Kehoe III (Robyn), Mary Kehoe Nesheim (Eric), Christine Kehoe Taylor, B. Vaughan (Van) Noble III (Shannon), and Holly Trulove Noble; and great-grandchild, Lillian (Lilly) Trulove Noble.

Vaughan was born October 25, 1925 in Amelia County. He graduated from Amelia High School in 1943, and then earned a degree in accounting at Virginia Tech in 1949.

After working at Liberty Mutual for nine years, he founded and developed the B. Vaughan Noble Insurance Agency Inc. in 1958. Vaughan became one of the top Independent Insurance Agents in the state of Virginia. He was president of Mutual Insurance Agents Association of Virginia. The National PIAA recognized him as an outstanding agent in 1971, and honored him in 1999 with a Life Membership in the association in recognition of his work in the industry. Participation in many civic associations, including significant assistance with fundraising on various boards of the churches of which he was a member, led him to serve on the Corporate Board for the Virginia United Methodist Homes as well as an appointment to the Building Committee for the Hermitage at Cedarfield. 

Vaughan enjoyed collecting antiques and sported a “Country Store” in his basement of acquired items: a superior collection which was donated to the Middlesex County Museum near his river home. It was at the river home that he fully developed the “country boy” that he was by raising a full garden every year that he could share with others. Crabbing in the river and hunting deer in the fall were among the loves of his life as a naturalist. Always welcoming guests and cooking splendid meals for those lucky enough to be family and friends, he encouraged the joy of life. His greatest love, Ruth, was at his side virtually from the time they met. A devoted family man, he offered support in every way and set a strong example for all who crossed his path.

A memorial service will be held at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Pkwy., Richmond, VA 23233 on Thursday, June 5, at 2 p.m. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 6800 South Genito Rd. in Amelia County. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Richmond ( or the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society ( A guestbook is online at

posted 06.04.2014

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