Neal Cobb (1925 - 2011)

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Neal Cobb, 86, of Baker, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1925, and lived his entire life on that same hill. Neal graduated from Baker High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. In 1942, at age 17, Neal won the Pensacola Boxing Championship. He also played in the Florida-Alabama Baseball League for 10 years and in 1954 won the National Batting Championship with a batting average of .432. Neal worked for the Okaloosa County school system for 30 years as the Director of Transportation and was a lifelong civil servant. Neal was an avid sportsman and quail hunting was his passion. "When he was your friend, he was your friend walking or riding."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howell and Francis Cobb; daughter, Melodia Cobb Paige; sisters, Nellie Stair and Susan Livingston; and brother, Jackie Cobb.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nelda G. Cobb; daughter, Joan Cobb Barrow; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jeffery Barrow and Kathy, and their children, Jason and Jeremy, Jami Barrow and wife, Angie, their children, Jami Jr., Dustin, Katie, Travis, Joshua, and LilyJoy, Joey Barrow and wife, Tina, their children, Joshua, Matt and Robin, Jennifer Barrow-Ashworth and her husband, Rodney, and their son, Garrett, and Daniel Neal Paige. Also surviving are his brother, James Howell "Pete" Cobb, and wife, Mary; brother-in-law, John Stair; sister-in-law, Betty G. Adams; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Covenant Hospice and nurses, Kathy and Marie, and the caregivers, Sheri, Theresa, Lisa, Ashley, Rochelle and Glenn.
A time of visitation with the family will be held on Friday at Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service for Neal will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at

Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Dec. 9, 2011
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