Jerry Hobbs, 92, of Norman went to join his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 71 years, Darline Hobbs of the household; his six children: Jeanette Doty and her husband Ralph de Norman; Mark Hobbs and his wife Joy of Tulsa; Judy Mayfield of Oklahoma City; Peggy Warren and her husband Dan from Iowa; Pat Wilson and her husband George de Norman; and Carrie Engle and her husband Todd of Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Jerry is also survived by ten grandchildren: Tara Burke, Tiffany Hobbs and Travis Hobbs, all of Tulsa; Amber Briggs of Illinois; Stephen Warren of Iowa; Rebecca Engle and Joshua Engle of Columbia, Missouri; Andre Wilson and Ethan Wilson, both of Norman; and Jennifer Dixon from Florida; twelve great-grandchildren: Dylan, Boston, Kyler and Devin Hobbs of Tulsa; Jackson and Field Hobbs of Tulsa; Quinn and Finn Hobbs of Tulsa; Damien and Naomi Warren from Iowa; Kailanee and Kalena Dixon from Florida; and three of his seven siblings: Linda Pence of Shawnee; Norman’s Dan Hobbs; and Jane Davis.

Jerry was born on February 6, 1929 in Rocky, Oklahoma to his father, Seab Hobbs, and mother, Moneta Hobbs. He didn’t have a middle name but had several nicknames, such as Jargo and Jughead. He moved to Cordell, Oklahoma, at age 13, and played high school basketball and football. Jerry also met the love of his life, Jimmie Darline Anderson, in Cordell at a church event. She was 14 and he was 16. “She was wearing a blue and white dress,” he said. “I saw her over the rind of a watermelon and was immediately taken away with her.” They were married on August 21, 1950 in Cordell, Oklahoma. A year later, their first child, Jeanette, was born. Back then, he was going to seminary, working half the night at General Motors, and driving 150 miles to become a church pastor. He pastored a church in Irving, Oklahoma, and Vernon, Texas, before applying to be a missionary. In 1957, when Jeanette was 6, Mark was 4, and Judy was 2, they took a ship to Thailand to become missionaries. Their other children, Peggy, Pat and Carrie, were born in Thailand.

Jerry and Darline served in Thailand for thirty-four years, first in Nakorn Nayok and then in Prachinburi. In 1968, while driving his beloved Land Rover, he was hit by a truck on his way to a local village for a visit. He broke his hip and pelvis and had to be hospitalized in Bangkok for six months in traction. After that, he and Darline served as hostel parents for missionary children in Bangkok for three years. He also served at the Bangkla Baptist Hospital in Bangkla, Thailand as a chaplain. During the last years in Thailand, he was an administrator of the Thai mission in Bangkok. Jerry and Darline retired to Norman, Oklahoma in 1991 to help care for Darline’s mother. From 1991 to present they have lived in Norman and been active in the First Baptist Church of Norman.

Jerry had a lot of loves. He loved ice cream, especially homemade, watermelon and Thai food, especially curry, sticky rice and mangoes. He enjoyed studying the Bible and reading many books related to theology. He enjoyed teaching Sunday school at Norman’s First Baptist Church. He loved music and was a member of the First Baptist Church choir for many years. Some of his favorite music included jazz, such as Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis and the Three Tenors. Jerry would wake up his family on Christmas morning to the sound of Mahalia Jackson singing “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”. He gave his last breath to “In the Upper Room” by Mahalia Jackson. He was fond of cars and planes and had an extensive collection of popular science and popular mechanics early on. Finally, he loved OU football and, in Thailand, often got up at odd hours to listen to a game on the armed services radio. Jerry loved Thailand and the Thai Christians he worked with. He had a special place in his heart for those who suffered from leprosy. He would wash and dress their wounds, without fear of contracting the disease himself.

A heartfelt thank you to our angels at Synergy Health Care – Anne, Mirabel, Patrick, Winnie, Michael, Derrick and Brandon – who took such good care of Jerry and continue to bless his entire family with their love and kindness. You will never know how much you mean to us.

A small private service took place.

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