History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Chester Nobles and his son Douglas began Nobles Funeral Chapel, Inc. in 1983. For 21 years, they served hundreds of families in and around the area before Chester passed away October 7, 2004. Douglas continues to operate the business and on August 1, 2005, his son Jeffrey joined the operation. Chester's wife Dora Jean Nobles still serves as president of the funeral home.


Our Valued Staff

Douglas  Nobles

Douglas Nobles, Funeral Director in Charge/Embalmer

Douglas was born on April 19, 1953 in Navasota and is a life-long resident of Navasota. He graduated from Navasota High School in 1971. He attended Blinn Jr. College in Brenham and graduated with honors from Commonwealth College of Sciences. He has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 40 years. He worked side by side with his father Chester until Chester’s death in 2004. He is married to his wife Jana and the proud father of two sons, Jeffrey Edward Nobles and Trevor Wayne Nobles. Always believing in giving, Douglas has been very active in Navasota and Grimes County. He is a past president of the Grimes County Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the Navasota Junior Chamber of Commerce and a life Senator of Jaycees, a former member of the Navasota Volunteer Fire Department, the Navasota Lions Club, the Navasota Public Library Advisory Board and the Grimes St. Joseph Health Center Advisory Board. He is a Past President of the Texas Funeral Directors Association and is currently serving as Vice President of the Texas Funeral Directors Association Services, Inc. He is one of the founding members of what is now Disaster Mortuary Response Team (DMORT), a federal disaster response team under the U. S. Department of Public Health and Human Services. He is currently a member of the USPHH logistical response assistance team (LRAT). He has worked many major disasters including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Del Rio Floods, the Oklahoma City tornado disaster, The World Trade Center attack of 9-11, and the Haiti Earthquake.


Jeffrey E. Nobles

Jeffrey E. Nobles, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Pre-Arrangement Counselor

Jeffrey was born in Brenham on June 27, 1978, and grew up in Navasota. He began assisting his family at the funeral home at a young age. After graduating from Navasota High School in 1996, he attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelors of Science degree in agriculture development in August 2002. Jeffrey then briefly worked for an industrial supply company as an inside sales consultant before making a change in career to the health and life insurance business. On August 1, 2005, Jeffrey joined his father Douglas full-time at the family business and graduated with honors from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston in December 2006. Jeffrey enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie and his three daughters, Alexia, Zoe, and Madelyn. Currently, he is serving on the Board of the Southeast Funeral Directors Association as Past President, the Navasota I.S.D. Education Foundation, the Grimes St. Joseph Health Care Council, and the Friends of Grimes County. He is also active in the Navasota Evening Lion's Club where he is a Past President and currently serves as Club Secretary, Navasota Lodge #299 & Washington Lodge #18 A.F. & A.M. where he is a Past Master, Past District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 29-B, and is Past President of the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce. Jeffrey formerly served with the Grimes County Jaycees and the Navasota Volunteer Fire Department. He and his family are members of the First Baptist Church of Navasota. His main concern is that he continues the compassionate service his family has offered so many others throughout the years.


Elvin  McCarty

Elvin McCarty, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Pre-Arrangement Counselor

Elvin was born in Austin on November 24, 1954. He lived in Austin until 1971 when he enlisted in the United States Army. After serving four years in the military, he went to work for an air-condition engineering firm and moved to Houston in 1990. Elvin continued to design air-condition units until enrolling in Common Wealth Institute of Funeral Services in 2000. After graduating from the mortuary school, he worked for Aldine Funeral Chapel in Houston for five years. Elvin then moved to Navasota and joined the staff at Nobles Funeral Chapel. He loves serving the families of Navasota and being part of the Nobles family.


Thomas  Finke

Thomas Finke, Funeral Assistant

Thomas was born in Anderson, Texas on June 18, 1936 and graduated from Anderson High School in 1954. He married Lois Noski on November 26, 1955, and they have raised three daughters and now have four grandchildren. Thomas went to work for Mallard Tractor Company in 1955. During that time, he served six years in the United States Army Reserve. In 1976, Thomas and Lois started their own farm equipment business at 404 North LaSalle in Navasota. After twenty-nine years of running the business, they sold the operation in 2005 and retired. Thomas is now working part-time for Nobles Funeral Chapel. His desire is to be a part of the friendly service tradition of the funeral home. Thomas served on the board of the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Navasota Industrial Foundation, member of American Legion Post #640 in Anderson, and member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Navasota.


Donald W.  Lemon

Donald W. Lemon, Funeral Assistant

Don was born in Navasota in 1943 and graduated from Navasota High School in 1961. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from Sam Houston State University and taught in public schools for 10 years. In 1975, Don joined State Farm Insurance Companies as an agent in Humble. He retired back to Navasota in 2003 and began his association with Nobles Funeral Chapel in 2008. Don is a member of Navasota, Planters and Washington Masonic Lodges, and First United Methodist Church of Navasota. Don is a lifelong friend of the Nobles family and enjoys being a part of the professional, compassionate care provided by the Nobles Funeral Chapel staff.


Robin Statham

Robin Statham, Secretary

Robin is a 3rd generation Grimes County resident. Born in Pasadena, Texas, she attended school and graduated from Anderson High School. She obtained her BA in Journalism from Sam Houston State University and a Masters in Sociology from University of Houston and has 30 years experience in office management, pastoral care and Christian leadership. Among her accomplishments are designations as FLMI in the Life Office Management Association and a Diocesan certification in Formation Toward Christian Ministry (FTCM) and SCUBA Dive Master. She has three sons, Chad, Randle and Jacob and three grandchildren. Weekends and days off she can be found enjoying time with her children and grandchildren, camping, traveling, SCUBA diving and gardening.