Jim, 86, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023.
He was born November 16, 1936 in Dearborn, Michigan, a son of the late Joe Marvin Hobbs and Mildred Brooker Hobbs. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Navy. For a brief time he was on a ship and got to see ports around the Mediterranean. This started his love of travel. After discharge from the Navy, he went to college and ultimately finished with a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan.
Following graduation, he moved to New York City to work for Equitable Life Insurance Company. This was where he met Susan and started dating. In 1977 the company moved him and Sue to Charlotte, NC. They married in 1979 and although they were married 43 years, they were together for over fifty.
Jim retired in 1991 and started playing golf three or four times a week. He and Sue also started traveling more. He had been sick for a short time and although they knew what was coming it was still too soon. Sue will miss him so much as he was her lifelong companion and the love of her life.
Jim is survived by his wife, Susan; sister, Barbara Padgett, niece, Sharon Wilson (Bruce); and nephews Mark Padgett (Maritza) and family, Doug Padgett (Sharron) and family; Nathan Padgett (Ann) and family, as well as great nieces and great nephews.
A service was held Saturday, January 21 at Higgins Funeral Home. Interment with military honors followed in Shiloh Cemetery.