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Hobson Cosby McGehee, Jr.

February 1, 1930 December 27, 2020
Hobson Cosby McGehee, Jr.
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Hobson Cosby McGehee, Jr, “Hobby” a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 90 on December 27th. A private memorial service for family will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, December 31st at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Madison.

Hobby was born on February 1, 1930 to Hobson Cosby McGehee, Sr. and Caroline Thrift McGehee in Winchester, Virginia and was raised in the small neighboring town of Berryville. After graduating from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia he attended and graduated from Hampton Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia, the tenth-oldest college in the nation and the last college founded before the American Declaration of Independence. Hobby graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Hobby had a keen interest in geology and took numerous geologically related courses at local colleges to further his knowledge. On January 1, 1954 he married Bettie Payne Phipps of Charlottesville, Virginia. Hobby first worked for his father who farmed in Berryville and later with the highway patrol in Richmond, Virginia. Knowing that farming and the highway patrol was not going to be a life-long career he then moved to Jackson to become involved with the family oil business. Hobby was president of Minerals Management, Inc. and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Jones-O’Brien, Inc., an oil and gas exploration company founded by his great uncle in 1930. During his tenure on the board, Jones-O’Brien discovered the giant South Lake Arthur field in Vermillion and Jefferson Davis Parishes in Louisiana.

Hobby gave liberally of his time as a volunteer, first during his son’s early years as a coach for their Little League baseball team and as assistant Scout Master for Troop 302 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was also a regular volunteer at Hospice Ministries, sitting with residents so that family members could have some needed time away. He was a member of the North Jackson Kiwanis Club for over forty years and President and later Chairman of the Board of Feild Co-Operative Association, a family association founded in 1919 for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. His hobbies included auto racing, collecting guns and writing letters to the editor of the Clarion Ledger.

Hobby was committed to Jesus Christ and lived his life in a way that honored his Savior. He was truly a “southern gentleman”. Hobby was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was blessed by a wonderful group of life-long friends. He was known as a kind and loving man, compassionate, with a tremendous capacity for patience and had a clever sense of humor, even to the last days of his life. He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church and attended Holy Trinity Anglican Church with his wife Bettie Payne.

He is preceded in death by his parents Hobson and Caroline McGehee, his sister Carolyn Elizabeth McGehee, his son Kirk Payne McGehee and his daughter Susan McGehee Mersch, and grandson Robert Charles McGehee. He is survived by his wife Bettie Payne of sixty six years, his daughter Caroline Allen of Dallas, Texas, his son Mac and wife Cindy of Madison, Mississippi and his son Michael McGehee of Dallas, Texas. His is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family is truly grateful for the wonderful and compassionate care given by Desiree Williams, Teshay Jacobs and Selina Drummond. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to missions at Holy Trinity Anglican Church or to a ministry of your choice.

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Service

Thursday

31

Dec

10:00 AM 12/31/2020 10:00:00 AM
Holy Trinity Anglican Church

432 Bozeman Rd.
Madison, MS 39110

Private Family Service

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
432 Bozeman Rd. Madison 39110 MS
United States

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Holy Trinity Anglican Church

432 Bozeman Rd.
Madison, MS 39110
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