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William HOBBS


Family-Placed Death Notice

HOBBS, William WILLIAM MONROE HOBBS (COACH HOBBS) William Monroe (Coach Hobbs) Hobbs Beloved husband, Father, Grandfather a passionate Roswell community supporter and friend. Born July 25, 1927 in Portage PA., to Charles Monroe and Vera Jane Hobbs and Passed away peacefully in his sleep March 13, 2013. Bill grew up in Pittsburg Pa. and joined the US Navy in 1943, He served his country proudly in the pacific during the Bikini Atoll testing of American nuclear weapons, discharged honorable in 1945. He returned to Pittsburg Pa and attended Alliance College studying Chemical engineering. He then met the love of his life Ethel (Jerri) Hobbs (proceeded in death Oct 2012) they married in 1951, started a family and moved to their new home in Roswell GA in 1965. Active member in the Roswell Rotary, avid supporter of Roswell High, Roswell Parks and Recreation, enthusiastic contributor to the City Council, Bill had a tremendous impact on the city of Roswell. "Coach" Bill Hobbs as he was known to the hundreds of athletes who came thru Roswell High School in the last five decades will always be remembered as Roswell High's # 1 fan and supporter. Bill was supremely loyal and volunteered untold hours to the Football and Baseball programs. If there was an equivalent of Mount Rushmore for Roswell High "Coach" Hobbs face would be on it. In the end, we are all both Givers and Takers. We hope that we have given more than we have taken. No one has ever given more to the youth of the City of Roswell and Roswell High School than "Coach" Hobbs. Rest in peace my friend. (John Coen III) Bill loved the Roswell Parks, which he helped in starting. Bill walked the park and visited the maintenance shop every morning, for 8 years at 8am, until he could no longer make the trip. He would greet everyone and start their day off with a happy note, a box of donuts or a song; all the park fellows loved Bill. (Larry "Waddy" Waddy) We lost a good friend and super Roswell booster with the passing of Bill Hobbs. Bill began keeping football stats for the Hornets in 1966 and continued doing so for over 40 years. I don't know if anyone has ever loved Hornet football more than Bill. I recall that he left one of his daughters rehearsal dinner so that he could see the 2nd half of a RHS game-now that is dedication. He will be missed. (Tommy Bower) Bill is survived by his children Tim (Tracy) Hobbs, Chris Hobbs, Holly Hobbs Waldrop and Rebecca (Brian) Hobbs Hardy. His grandchildren Shannon (Matt) Essex, James Hobbs, Sara Hobbs, Austin Hardy and Taylor Waldrop. Viewing will be held at Roswell Funeral Home on Friday March 15, 2013 at from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Funeral services will be held March 16, 2013 at Saint Andrews Church 675 Riverside Drive Atlanta, GA at 11 am with a procession from the church to Greenlawn Cemetery. Reception to follow at Roswell Parks and Recreation Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075

Funeral Home

Roswell Funeral Home
950 Mansell Road Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 993-4811

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 15, 2013
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