Alfred Denzil Hobbs, 77, of Poplar Bluff, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at The Manor in Poplar Bluff after an illness of two months.
Mr. Hobbs was born Dec. 14, 1926, in Kansas City. He was an Army Veteran, having served as a prison guard for war crime P.O.W.'s in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1950, Mr. Hobbs spent his adult life as a resident of Poplar Bluff. He was instrumental in the development of the vocational education program in Poplar Bluff and served as its first director. He also taught the first building and trades class and was an industrial arts teacher until his retirement from the classroom in 1969. He then served as the Director of Building and Grounds until his retirement from the school district in 1986. Mr. Hobbs was known as an artist with wood throughout the area.
Mr. Hobbs served as a City Councilman in 1969, Poplar Bluff's first year of a City Manager form of government. He was an avid bird hunter, duck hunter and loved fishing for small mouth, large mouth and jack. He worked for the conservation of the jack salmon in Missouri rivers and loved spending time at his cabin on Current River.
Mr. Hobbs was preceded in death by his parents, James Alfred Hobbs and Velma Ruppert Hobbs, and his wives Wilma Hobbs Hoch, the mother of his children, and Patricia Green Hobbs.
Survivors include one son, James Alfred Hobbs, II, and wife Vicki of Poplar Bluff; two daughters, Debbie Wethington of Poplar Bluff and Diane Mitchell and husband Steve of Dexter; a brother, Dr. Donald D. Hobbs and wife Shirley of Sun Valley, Idaho; seven grandchildren, Stephen Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell, Jill Wethington, Angela Atkinson, Laura Hobbs, Jeremy Wethington, and Jamie Hobbs; six great-grandchildren; and two nieces.
A memorial visitation was held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Cotrell Funeral Chapel in Poplar Bluff.
In memory of Mr. Hobbs' passion for reading, the family request memorials be made to the Poplar Bluff Library.