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In Memory of

Jo Ann Hobbs

May 23, 1934 - January 6, 2018

Obituary


Jo Ann Hobbs, age 83, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. She joins those who predeceased her: beloved son William Henry Hobbs, husband Jack William Hobbs, mother Helen Elizabeth Morgan, and a close-knit rural family of aunts, uncles, and grandparents. A graduate of West High School in Nashville and a student at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, she left college to marry Jack, a Vanderbilt Engineering graduate, whom she met on a Nashville tennis court. She and Jack went on to have four children and lived on two farms--one on...

Jo Ann Hobbs, age 83, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. She joins those who predeceased her: beloved son William Henry Hobbs, husband Jack William Hobbs, mother Helen Elizabeth Morgan, and a close-knit rural family of aunts, uncles, and grandparents. A graduate of West High School in Nashville and a student at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, she left college to marry Jack, a Vanderbilt Engineering graduate, whom she met on a Nashville tennis court. She and Jack went on to have four children and lived on two farms--one on Otter Creek Road in Nashville and one in Humphreys County on Big Richland Creek.



Practical, fun, and full of laughter, Jo Ann was equally as happy fishing at Kentucky Lake as she was donning a formal for a dance. An energetic and enthusiastic mother, she filled all roles -- Cub Scout leader featuring her son Bill’s Blossom the Possum mascot, skilled seamstress and stagehand for Libby’s ballet recitals, co-author and coach for Ellen’s winning Davidson County 4-H speech, and securing for Susan her much loved Windy, the amazing “mole” dog. Jo Ann was understanding of the snakes, mail-order quail eggs, praying mantis cocoons, and orphaned animals Bill brought into the house. Then, at age 39, Jo Ann was paralyzed with a massive stroke. Yet this condition was not her legacy. The inspiration and lesson are that in the ensuing 43 years Jo Ann maintained her genuine joy for life and people. She is known and remembered for her warm and embracing smile, grace in the face of adversity, good cheer, loving heart, and kindness which enclosed great inner strength and courage, and for the 40 years of dedication of her mother, husband and son as caregivers. Jo Ann never met a stranger, which was especially true at Nashville’s Belmont Village, where she lived during the last four years of her life within sight of the original Hobbs homestead. She leaves behind many friends and an appreciation for the hardworking, dedicated staff at Belmont Village.



Jo Ann is survived by her children, Libby Terry and husband Jim of Oak Ridge, TN, Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle and husband Judge Walter C. Kurtz of Nashville, Susan Hobbs Bailey and husband Doc of Huntsville, AL, and grandchildren James Hamilton, Helen Terry and husband Diego Garrido Mendoza, Will Terry, Amaryllis Ann Lyle, Jack William Hobbs, Laura Jo Ann Henson and Lindsay Dianne Henson.



Visitation will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM in Reed Hall at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue, Nashville, followed there by the funeral at 2:00 PM. A family-only graveside service will be held at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, P.O. Box 641, Joelton, TN 37080, and Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.