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Joseph Dewey Hobbs Jr.

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JOSEPH DEWEY HOBBS, JR. Joseph Dewey Hobbs, Jr., age 88, of Winston-Salem, NC entered the larger life on February 5, 2014. He was born on March 2, 1925 in Wilmington, NC and was the son of J.D. Hobbs Sr. and Mamie Kirk Hobbs. Surviving him are his wife of 66 years, Virginia Gilley Hobbs; daughters Cathy Hobbs Powell of Winston-Salem, NC and Alice Hobbs Little (Steve Little) of Marion, NC. A son, Warren E. Hobbs, predeceased him in 2002. Four grandchildren also survive him: Nathan Powell of Winston-Salem, NC; Cate Powell Sawyer (Dan Sawyer) of Chapel Hill, NC; Mary Little Apicella (Jason Apicella) of Granby, CT; and Sally Little of Asheville, NC. One great-grandson, Eli Daniel Sawyer, and another great-grandson expected in May also survive him. Mr. Hobbs is the retired Director of North Carolina Baptist Hospital's Department of Pastoral Care, where he served for eleven years. He was a member of the Mystic Tie Lodge #237 in Marion, NC. Prior to that ministry, he served 35 years as a pastor. His pastorates included almost 20 years at First Baptist Church in Marion, NC; Wingate Baptist Church (and chaplain with Wingate College) in Wingate, NC; Center Grove Baptist Church in Kershaw, SC; and Harrods Creek Baptist Church in Brownsboro, KY. He is remembered for his service to and through the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, serving as First Vice President of the convention and as President of the BSCNC General Board. He was a Trustee Emeritus of his alma mater, Wake Forest University. He was conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity by Wake Forest University in 1989. He also served two terms as a Trustee of Wingate University. During his Wake Forest College days, he proudly wore #52 on his Wake Forest Demon Deacon football jersey and was a first-team tackle all four years. He also was a member of the 1946 Wake Forest team that played in the very first Gator Bowl (Wake beat South Carolina, 26-14). In addition to graduating from Wake Forest University, he was also a graduate of Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC with a Doctor of Ministry degree and a graduate of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He graduated from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC, his hometown. Mr. Hobbs was a member of Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, where a memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, with Rev. Dr. Bob Setzer and Rev. Dr. David B. Smith officiating. A memorial service will also be held at First Baptist Church in Marion, NC, at 4:00 on Thursday, February 13, 2014, with Rev. Dr. Scott Hagaman officiating. Memorials may be made to the Pastoral Care Family Assistance Fund of NC Baptist Hospital, c/o Jay Foster, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157; Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27104; Salemtowne Retirement Community, Resident Assistance Fund, 1000 Salemtowne Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106; or First Baptist Church, 99 N. Main Street, Marion, NC 28752.
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, 2014
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