Huntsville Man Dies at 105; Leaves Behind Legacy of Love & Devotion


The City of Huntsville is mourning as they remember a man who lived to be 105 years old. 

Noble Bohannan, also known as Tobe, held a special place at Huntsville schools. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara, and a community remembering their favorite janitor. 

“He’s always been a jolly person and a happy person,” Barbara said. 

Seventy-eight years young, Tobe went back to school to be a janitor at the Huntsville School District.

“The kids who were never loved, felt loved by him,” said Dawn Whitehead. 

Jill Vanlandingham, who lives in Huntsville, said Tobe loved his birthday, which he had many of.

The hometown hero retired from his position at the age of 102. Just three years later, he died due to complications of a broken hip.

“We would run into someone every time that would say, ‘Hi, Tobe!’ He was known all around,” Barbara said. 

On Friday the City of Huntsville remembered the longtime employee as a loving husband and, of course, a handyman.

“At the cafeteria he would help clean up, and one day this little boy threw away his retainer and Tobe went through the trash to find it, and he was a hero to that boy,” Barbara said.

Barbara holds tight boxes of letters written by former students thanking Tobe for his decades of love, a characteristic no one wanted to change. 

“He’s been important to the community just by the way he lived and his character,” Barbara said.

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