William McCrum Noyes

Published 8:44 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2016












William McCrum Noyes

Feb. 19, 2016

William McCrum Noyes, 92, of Washington, passed away peacefully at Heritage Hospice in Marietta, Georgia, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, April 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 211 W. Second St, Washington.

Mr. Noyes is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret McCrum Noyes and Elmer Marden Noyes. Surviving Mr. Noyes are his wife of 66 years, Anne Sheppard Noyes; daughters Connie Noyes and Cathie Newell; grandchildren, Kaly Mariano, William Mariano, Kyle (Lauren) Newell and Ryan Newell.

Mr. Noyes was born in Marquette, Michigan, and spent most of his years in Washington, D.C before moving to Brandywine, Maryland, to raise a family in the early ’50s. He graduated from Woodward Prep School in the District before briefly attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va. His studies were cut short when he was drafted into the Army Corps as a radar operator during World War II. He served in the South Pacific.

Mr. Noyes was an eternal optimist, believing that everything happened exactly as it should. He was quick-witted with sparkling eyes and an endearing grin, but it was his kindness and acceptance that brought him love and respect by most if not all who met him.

His passion for the sea and sailing kept him young well into his eighties. Vacationing in St. Maarten at 89, he proudly announced his title as the oldest person to ever jump off a boat! He shared his passion with friends and family, always a patient captain. After retiring from Metropolitan Management as a property manager, he moved to Washington with his wife, Anne, where he could harbor his boat and pursue his love of sailing, which he did. His was a life well lived.

A visitation and reception will immediately follow the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.

Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta was in charge of the arrangements.