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James Edward Cobb

James Edward Cobb James Edward Cobb "Jimmy" was taken to Heaven on wings of angels the morning of June 11, 2013 with his family at his side after a courageous 6 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Taken from this earthly world at only 52, he is survived by his wife, his love, his angel on Earth, Corrie Fuquay Cobb, his father Bill Cobb and wife Mary, his always faithful son Traylor Cobb and wife Christy, his adoring daughter Loren Cobb Franckowiak and husband Peter, his supportive step-son Steve Fuquay and wife Pam, and his caring step-son John Fuquay and wife Kaye. Jimmy was blessed with eleven grandchildren whom he dearly loved and whom dearly loved him; Travis and Blake Fuquay, Meghan, Chase and Kyle Mitchell, and J.D., Amy Kaye, and Allie Fuquay. He more recently became known as "Papa" by his three youngest grandchildren; Dallas Grace Franckowiak and Gavyn Lee and Madison Grace Cobb. He is also survived by his sister Andrea Robertson and husband Daniel and nephew Matthew. Jimmy was born in McAllen, Texas on June 14th 1960 to William and Marilyn Cobb. Jimmy spent majority of his childhood in Harlingen TX, graduated from Harlingen High School in 1978 and attended UT in Austin which quickly became known as home. Jimmy enjoyed a life of traveling, hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, UT tailgating, family, and friends. Because of Jimmy's social spirit he was led to join many organizations that contributed to the betterment of society and his community. In 2007 Jimmy joined Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and also served on the Board of Directors that same year. Jimmy also served as a Membership Chair, Vice President and from 2011 until very recently was Co-President. One member described Jimmy as "a vital influence and one of his biggest contributions to the organization was his commitment to starting each meeting with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance." Jimmy was also a member of Austin Woods and Waters Club where he served as a president and was awarded Sportsman of The Year and Volunteer of the Year two years in a row. Jimmy was also a trustee on the McBride Foundation which is the charitable arm of the AWWC that supported many youth oriented conservation organizations. Jimmy was an active member in Austin Area Health Underwriters where he served as President, Public Service Chair of AAHU Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year Sporting Clay Competition. Jimmy was awarded Texas Area Health Underwriters (TAHU) Volunteer of the Year Award and AAHU Spirit Award 2011. Jimmy also received Rodriguez Elementary Volunteer of the Year Award 2012-2013 which is the same school he walked into some fourteen years ago and became a mentor to a young student. Mentor does not give justice to the kind of fathering, friendship, and guidance Jimmy shed upon this young man. Fourteen years later Jimmy was just as involved in this young, hardworking, high school graduates life. Jimmy was a strong supporter of the construction community. He was a member of ACEA fish fry committee as well as a presenter at numerous luncheons and their annual symposium and even had articles written in the Austin Construction news. "More than his informed opinion, Jimmy can always be counted on to participate in our events with a true passion. Skeet shoots and BBQs will not be complete without him" says one member. He supported AGC and was active in the Associate Division, on the Trade Show Committee and the Insurance Committee. Jimmy loved his work at Insurance Network of Texas and because his middle name should have been "Networker" it was a fitting company for him. Jimmy's favorite time of year is Christmas. Not only did he get to celebrate the birth of Jesus but he dressed up in a handmade Santa suit and delivered gift after gift to deserving families. More than all of his positions held, work done and awards won, Jimmy was a strong Christian man who let his Faith guide him through what was his hardest battle without ever doubting God. He was a member of First Baptist Church in downtown Austin where he also married his true love and where his Faith blossomed into a beautiful solid foundation which will be left to guide his family in his earthly absence. Because of you Dad, this world is a better place. Visitation on Saturday June 15th from 4-6 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish North Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin. A celebration of his life will be on Monday June 17th at First Baptist Church Downtown at 11:00 a.m., 901 Trinity Street, Austin. Jimmy's pallbearers are his dearest friends, Ron Levine, Pace Bonner, Andy Bonner, Kevin Doty, Bruce Dickey, and Steve Bartholomew. Honorary pallbearers are dear friends Kris Hawkins, Daniel Garcia and his fellow RV travelling, life loving buddies, Jim Jordan and Malcolm Tyson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The McBride Conservation Fund Foundation, c/o Joe Bob Everett, 11652 Jollyville Road, Austin 78759, Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd Suite 100, Austin 78759, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, http://www.pancan.org Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com



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Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 14 to June 16, 2013
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