James Edward Hobgood
James Edward Hobgood, age 87, of Cold Spring, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.
Born October 15, 1922 in Thomasville, NC, he was the son of the late Dr. James E. and Maude (Weaver) Hobgood.
Mr. Hobgood was a graduate of Thomasville High School and Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, NC. During his high school and college years he spent his summers with his grandparents and extended family on the family farm, which he loved dearly.
After college he joined the U.S. Navy, went to Japanese language school in Stillwell, OK, and then to Occupied Japan to be an interpreter. While in Japan he became a collector of prewar Japanese art, which we still have today.
After his tour in Japan he moved to New York City and was employed as pursor on the Pan American Presidential Clipper flights from New York to London, and later, the Johannesburg, South Africa route. He later was promoted to Mid East Sales and spent several years living in Istanbul and Saudi Arabia, and weekends in Beirut, Lebanon, where once again he acquired many pieces of Middle Eastern Art. After leaving Pan American he became manager of the New York City showroom for Erwin-Lambeth Furniture, Thomasville, NC. He later joined Mitsui Trading Co. and after that he worked for and retired from Springs Industries in NY.
After retiring in 1987, he moved to Cold Spring. Although not a “Springer,” he loved his village and all the friends that he acquired here very much.
He is survived by his partner of 30 years, C. Ronald Greene of Cold Spring; his uncle, A.F. (Pete) Weaver, 104 years old, of Thermal City, NC; and cousins, Betty Weaver (Howard) Rhinehardt of Thermal City, NC; Carolyn Weaver Carlander, and Mike Weaver, both of Belleview, WA. One sister, Anne Hobgood, predeceased him.
Funeral Services were held at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at St. Mary’s in the Highlands Episcopal Church, 1 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring, followed by private cremation. Interment at Old Thomasville Cemetery in Thomasville, NC, will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mr. Hobgood’s name to St. Mary in-the-Highlands Steeple Restoration Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Clinton Inc. Funeral Home, Cor. Of Parrott and Pine Sts., Cold Spring, NY 10516.