James A. "Jay" Hobbs, the son of the late Frank and Hazel Hargrove Hobbs, was born in Dudley on June 21, 1923, and died at the Puxico Nursing Center on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at the age of 81.
Mr. Hobbs had lived in California for 40 years before moving to Puxico in 1993. He had owned and operated J & Bill's Tires in California until his retirement. He attended Hobbs Chapel Church near Puxico and was a life member of the Puxico V.F.W. Post. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, served during World War II and reached the rank of sergeant. He enjoyed making wood crafts.
On Sept. 8, 1940, he was married to Anna Helen Trent at Mingo. She preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 2002.
Surviving are one daughter, Jayan Vanburgen of St. Louis; two step-daughters, Joeann Politte of St. Charles and Pamela Asher of St. Louis; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mable McGowen of Dudley, Snoe Shockley of Arnold, Melba Ifland of Arnold, and Wanda Nash of Dexter.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy Sue Landon in 1997; one grandson; and two brothers, Bert and Forrest Hobbs.
Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, in the Hobbs Chapel Church near Puxico with the Rev. Catherine Coty of Poplar Bluff and Rev. Kim Proffer of Jackson officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hobbs Chapel Cemetery near Puxico with full military rites.
Full military honors will be conducted by the Stoddard County Veterans Honor Team.
Watkins & Sons Funeral Serivce of Puxico is in charge of all arrangements.