The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 28, 2013

Mary Hobbs

The News Courier

— The funeral for Mary Elizabeth Eaves Hobbs, 88, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Angel Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Stan Broom and the Rev. Eugene Burgess officiating, and K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center directing services.  The graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Athens City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church Saturday, for one hour prior to services. Mrs. Hobbs died at her son’s home Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

She is survived by two daughters, Sherry H. Wilson and husband Bill of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Carolyn H. Griswold and husband Tom of Martinez, Ga.; a son, James Taylor Hobbs and wife Sandra of Jacksonville; a sister, Pauline Keeling and husband Hal of Ardmore; six grandchildren, Amy Waters and husband Andy, Krissy Joels and husband Charles, Stacy Dorn and husband Travis, Justin Griswold and wife Brittany, Zachary T. Hobbs and Hunter W. Hobbs; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Justin Griswold, Zachary T. Hobbs, Hunter W. Hobbs, Travis Dorn, Charles Joels, Andy Waters and Hayden Waters. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Ruth Sunday school class at Angel Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hobbs grew up in Ardmore. She was known to be a hard worker by all who knew her. She began her career as an operator on the switchboard, but rapidly advanced to unit management. She was employed by Bell South from 1954-1985 and served units in Athens, Decatur, Huntsville, Gadsden and Roebuck. Mary was an avid gardener and always had beautifully manicured yards and flower gardens. She received the beautification award from the Jacksonville Garden Club. Mary was exceptionally generous and loving toward her family and grandchildren and constantly sought ways to be of assistance in all their lives.

The family expresses sincere appreciation to the staff and nurses of Ladiga Manor, Piedmont Health and Rehabilitation Center and New Beacon Hospice for her excellent care and concern for all family members.

Mrs. Hobbs was preceded in death by her husband, Charles T. Hobbs; her parents, Ollie and Ozell Eaves; two brothers, Ollie “Buddy” Eaves Jr. and Charles Eaves; and a sister, Robbie Thorne.

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