Rodney Carroll Hobbs



Rodney Carroll Hobbs, 84, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday evening February 5, 2017 at his home in Bunnlevel.

He was born in Bunnlevel on April 15, 1932 and graduated from Lillington High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1957. He attended Campbell College and UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received a B.S. degree in Business and Accounting in 1961, and in 1971, an M.S. degree in Public Health. He was a CPA in a private accounting firm in Greenville, SC, and later returned to Raleigh, NC serving the remainder of his professional career with the NC Division of Health and Human Services. After his retirement in 1991 as Deputy Chief of Maternal and Child Health, he enjoyed driving his dump truck as an independent hauling contractor for Johnson Brothers Utility & Paving, Inc.

In 2004, he celebrated 50 years of marriage to his wife Lorraine Blevins Hobbs, and lovingly cared for her until her death in early 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Mattie Byrd Hobbs and his brother, Curtis Hobbs.

Mr. Hobbs is survived by his five children: Valerie H. Wilson and husband Tom of Raleigh; Marty Hobbs and wife Diane of Garner; Baxter Hobbs and wife Shelly of Raleigh; Rodney Hobbs and wife Gail, of Bunnlevel; Lindsey H. Golnik and husband Nathaniel of Raleigh. His six grandchildren: Cheyne Koerner, Emilie W. Stauffer and husband John, Mattison, Lucas, Kristyn and Zachary Hobbs. His sister, Jean Hobbs and his sister-in-law, Jane Hobbs, both of Bunnlevel. Mr. Hobbs was blessed by his loving caregivers, Angela Robinson, Daphine Cates, Barbara Vinston and Brittany Clemmer, who will always be considered family. He was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church in Bunnlevel, where he served and chaired the Deacons, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

Funeral service will be conducted 11:00 am Friday at Friendship Baptist Church, Bunnlevel with Rev. Dudley Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00—8:00 pm Thursday at O’Quinn-Peebles Phillips Funeral Home, Lillington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare of Raleigh, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 120, Bunnlevel, NC 28323.