Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SSGT Stanley Hobbs, Sr., United States Army, Retired

Stanley Hobbs was born April 13, 1953 in Middlebury, Vermont and passed away September 21, 2012, at the age of 59, in Killeen, Texas.

Stanley proudly served his country in the United States Army for twenty years, retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

On September 27, an inurnment service, with full military honors, was held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen.  As the family arrived for the service, they were welcomed by more than a dozen Patriot Guard Riders, holding aloft American flags, surrounding the committal shelter.

The family minister read from the book of Isaiah, Chapter 43, verses 1-3:

"But now saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not:  for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name;  thou art mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee;  and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:  when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned;  neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.

He concluded the service by leading the family and friends in The Lord's Prayer.

The United States Army Honor Guard executed full military honors, beginning with the playing of Taps by the Army Bugler.

The detail of five rifles, standing on the hillside above, fired three volleys of fire representing Duty, Honor and Country.

The detail marched to the committal shelter and carefully unfolded the folded flag that rested next to the cremains.  They refolded it into a tight triangle and ceremoniously passed it to an Army Staff Sergeant, who presented it to Stanley's dearly beloved wife, Janet, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for his honorable and faithful service.

The family proceeded to the columbarium wall, where Stanley's son placed the urn into a niche of the wall, which was, then,  sealed for all of eternity.

At the top of the hill above, the American flag flew at half-staff in honor of SSGT Stanley Hobbs, Sr.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a daughter, his son, Jr., four grandchildren, his mother, Margaret, five brothers, one sister and a host of other dear family and friends.

With thanks to Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home for biographical information and photograph.

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