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Dr. H. Bert Coble

Staff Reports • Mar 13, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Funeral services for Dr. Coble will be conducted Friday March 17, 2017 at 6 p.m. from First Baptist Church at 227 E. Main St. in Lebanon with Dr. Frank Lewis and Jim Eastin officiating. Visitation with the family will be Thursday March 16, 2017 from 3-8 p.m. in Baird Chapel at Cumberland University and again Friday from 4:30 p.m. until services at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lebanon. A family burial will take place Saturday in Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson.

Dr. Coble, age 93, of Lebanon, passed away peacefully March 9, 2017 at his home.

A native of Jackson, he was born Aug. 31, 1923 to the late Herman and Lillie Martin Coble.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Gregory Paul Coble; sister, Eloise Copeland; and stepbrother Robert “Bob” Parrish.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Mrs. Sue Bankston Coble; daughter, Pamela Coble Moudy; grandson, Gregory Leonard (Vanessa) Moudy; great-grandchildren, Zachary Coble Moudy, Tyler Lantz Moudy, Siana Coble; brother, Bruce (Linda) Parrish; family friend and caregiver, Laura Wright; special extended family, Dr. Georgia Wellborn, Jim Eastin, Jennifer Perry and the Bert Coble Singers.

Dr. Coble was a member of First Baptist Church of Nashville. He was a member of the Lebanon Rotary, having served as district governor. He was also a member of ACDA and the Tyler Lodge No. 1233 F&AM in Tyler, Texas.

At a young age, Dr. Coble enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. He was commanding officer of A Co., 185 Infantry and executive officer of Heavy Weapons Co., 31st Infantry Regiment in the Philippines. This would not be the last time Dr. Coble saw battle. He was called again to serve in the Korean War, where he became commanding officer of Heavy Tank Co., 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, two presidential unit citations and achieved the rank of captain. 

In his youth, he attended Jackson Public Schools and later went on to study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with degrees in church music and religious education; Belmont University, with a degree in music education; University of Colorado, with a master’s of music in choral directing and choral literature; and Clayton University, with a doctorate in music administration. Dr. Coble also had educational hours from Exeter University in England; New York University at Potsdam; University of Virginia; Houston Baptist University; Peabody College; and Westminster Choir College.

Dr. Coble served numerous churches as minister of music, beginning with First Baptist Church of Center, Texas; Park Place Baptist Church of Houston; and First Baptist Church of Lebanon. In 1972, he was called to Cumberland University, where he served as chairman of the music department and director of choral activities, a position he held until 1988. It was then he started a wonderful tradition that would make a great impact on the community. Dr. Coble began hosting annual Christmas dinner shows with his choir, the Bert Coble Singers, to raise money for such charities as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. This tradition continues today with the choir under the leadership of Ms. Jennifer Perry, one of Dr. Coble’s former students. The funds from these dinner shows have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars since its conception. While Dr. Coble was at Cumberland University, he worked part time at First United Methodist of Lebanon; Brook Hollow Baptist Church of Nashville; First United Methodist Church of Hermitage; and Carthage First United Methodist of Carthage, leading their music ministries.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bert Coble Endowed Music Scholarship at Cumberland University. 

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-2142.