James E. “Bo” Cobb was born October 17, 1924, to Richard and Myrtle Ann Cobb in Sheffield, Alabama. He died on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at Saline Memorial Hospice at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Eula Cobb Lambert, and brothers Gene Cobb and Charles “Bud” Cobb.
Bo graduated from Sheffield High School where he starred on the football team. He served our country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II.
Bo married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Sue Davis, on July 8, 1944, and enjoyed a blessed marriage for 67 years. God blessed Bo and Peggy with four daughters and a son who’ve all faithfully followed their parents’ example with a living faith in Jesus Christ.
Following his service in the Navy, Bo worked briefly for the Tennessee Valley Authority before finding work with Reynolds Metals Company. He was transferred to the Bauxite plant and retired from Reynolds Metals as a Supervisor.
Bo was a long-time member of the Northside Church of Christ in Benton where he served as an Elder, Bible class teacher, and summer Bible Camp coordinator.
He leaves behind, but waits in anticipation of his wife, Peggy; his four daughters, Sherry and her husband Lester Gardner of Benton, Donna and her husband Alan Curtis of Maumelle, Cathy and her husband Doug Woodrome of Benton, Barbie and her husband Tim McDaniel of Bryant; his son George and wife Terri of Sherwood; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
The family invites all those who knew and loved Bo to visitation at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home on Monday, November 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home. A service to honor Bo’s life and legacy will be held at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. Bo’s grandson, Jim Gardner, will lead the service and his other grandchildren: Shannon and Jason Caldwell, Melissa Gardner Halford, Britney McDaniel Boykin, Linsey McDaniel Hudson, Matt McDaniel, Tyler and Emily Cobb, Jeff and Mark Curtis, Melanie, Brian and Josh Woodrome, and Bo and Preston Birdsong will serve as Pallbearers. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are two of Bo’s dearest friends who offered their friendship, laughter and prayers during his illness, Jeff Davis and Delmer Lott.
The family wishes to offer special thanksgiving to Tina Ernest, Kristi Averitt, Kim Hammer and all the nurses and staff of Saline Memorial Hospice. Your care and compassion was a ray of sunshine to Bo and his family throughout his illness.
Rather than sending flowers, the family requests you send a living memorial to the Legacy Continues new building fund of the Northside Church of Christ, 917 North East Street, Benton, AR 72015 or to Saline Memorial Hospice.