ODESSA James Vance Cobb, a longtime resident of Odessa, TX, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. |
Vance was born August 6, 1929, in Santa Anna, TX, to loving parents George Cary Cobb and Estelle Watkins Cobb. He had a happy childhood growing up on a stock farm in Coleman County. Vance graduated from Santa Anna High School and went on from there to Texas A&M University. Vance was an excellent skeet shooter, and was happiest hunting and fishing with his sons and friends.
In 1949, he married Margie Petross and they had three children: Lynn, Deneice and Sam. After working for oil companies in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vance moved to Odessa in 1957 and went to work for Engine Service & Supply Company as their accountant. He was later an owner of the company and retired as president in June of 2013. While there, he made many lifelong friends. He was known as a man of honesty and integrity.
In 1966, Vance married Judy Kuhlmann, his beloved wife of 47 years. He also became the loving stepfather of Clint and Matt Kuhlmann.
For many years Vance was a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). His work as an advocate and guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children was a meaningful part of his life. He served on the CASA board as a member and later as president.
Vance was confirmed at St. John's Episcopal Church in 1996. Spiritually, he had come home. He was a faithful member of St. John's and later of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. He was generous with his time, talents and resources. His St. Barnabas family was dear to him.
Vance is survived by his wife, Judy, and three sons: Sam Cobb and wife Dana, Clint Kuhlmann and wife Kim, and Matt Kuhlmann and wife Sue. His wonderful granddaughters are Christy Perkins and husband Craig, Cari Hash and husband Troy, Rachel and Sarah Kuhlmann, and Leanna Cobb. His special grandson is Ryan Cobb. Vance's great grandchildren are Jake, Levi and Luke Perkins and Cami Hash. His extended family includes precious nieces Carolee Drake and Christin Cobb, as well as many cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 19th, at St. Barnabas at 2:00 PM, with a reception following in the Parish Hall. The Rev. David Mossbarger will officiate. He will be assisted by Deacon Leroy Morrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church or the
Services are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.
To sign the guestbook, please visit www.sunsetodessa.com.
Published in Odessa American on Apr. 20, 2014