Charles Henry Hobson

Greenbrier Baptist Church Cemetery

U. S. Veteran Vietnam

        Charles H. Hobson,61, entered eternal rest Thursday, June 2, 2005, at Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton, VA following a brief illness. Born in Powhatan, VA, he was welcomed to our Lord's heavenly home and embraced by his pre-deceased beloved parents, Jessie Eugertha and James Edward Hobson; adored grandparents; John and Jessie Bell, Charlie and Ann Hobson; much loved aunts: Celestine, Margaret, Mattie, Gracie, Josephine, Jane, Carolyn; beloved Uncles: John, Lonnie, Samuel, Mitchell and other family members. He was newly wedded to the love of his life for over the past 25 years, Susie Lynch Hill Hobson, who loves and cherishes memories of him.

        At an early age, he joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Powhatan where he attended Sunday school and church on a regular basis. The church played a major role in his development. He was very active in the young people and adult choirs. His life foundation was built on a strong, loving and faith-based family. Charles received his secondary education from Pocahontas School where he achieved numerous awards and recognition for scholastic achievement. He attended Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) where he graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He was a member of the Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc. He earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from George Washington University.

        He joined the US Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He served in Vietnam and earned several medals and awards of distinction: Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver and one Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge. Following military service, Charles began his career with C & P Telephone (Now Verizon)/ AT & T Corp. During his career, he attained many corporate and personal accomplishments and traveled extensively throughout the United States, including Alaska and US Territories in the Caribbean. With over twenty-five years of service, Charles retired from AT & T in July 1998. Soon thereafter, he returned to Hampton and became the benefactor, co-owner and business manager with his son Brian in the Brian Hobson Karate Studio. There he encouraged all to aspire to their best and promoted Christian values, education, respect, civic activism, and personal accountability and responsibility. He enjoyed immensely the daily affection and interaction with his son Brian, as well as the affiliation with the students and their families. He recently began another business adventure with his friend, Richard Peoples, in auto sales and body shop. He had great affection for his friend and their business deals. Ever the business planner, he was excited and looking forward to the future of that business and his friend.

        He loved and adored his children, Wynter and Brian and always had their interest and furture at the very top of his priority list. He was a constant source of support and encouragement for them, striving to always ensure for their well-being. He was faithful in passing on the learning and rich legacy of past generation and his life experiences. His utmost desire was for his children to be happy, independent, responsible, and caring individuals.

        Cherishing his memories are: wife, Susie, his children from a previous marriage: daughter, Wynter Hobson, NY, NY and son Brian Hobson, Hampton, VA; stepsons, DeWane Hill, Silver Spring, MD and Darrell Hill (Artisena), Hampton, VA. He is also survived by three loving brothers: Earl Hobson (Helen), Roger Hobson, Sr., both of Powhatan, VA, Tracy Hobson (Brenda), Columbia, MD; an adored sister, Josephine Young (Marshall), Mitchellville, MD; father-in-law, Talmadge Lynch, Hampton, VA; sisters-in-law, Mary Richardson (Elton) and Dorislee Artis; grandchildren: Devin and Mila Hill, Hampton, VA; aunts: Juanita Bell and Viola Venable of Powhatan, VA; an aunt-in-law, Virginia Williams; Goddaughter, Tamara Hobson, two cousins raised as sisters: Mattie Allen (Roger) and Youlanda Ford (Ed); a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Some of us are lucky enough to know it.
Life is a spiritual journey.
And sometimes all you have to do is show up and have a little faith
that something completely amazing is possible any day.
And every now and then, right when you least expect it, something amazing does happen.
And you are no more in control than a feather is in the wind.
All you know is that the force moving you is so strong that you just hang on in wonder.
There is nothing but the moment and the sense of dancing with angels....So Live!

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