Elder Frederick Hobbs, Sr. transitioned on Thursday June 10, 2021 at Colonial Nursing Center Virginia Beach.
Elder Frederick L. Hobbs Sr., was born April 8, 1935 in Norfolk County Virginia to the late Charles H. Hobbs and Ruth Hobbs. He was the fourth born of four children. He attended the Norfolk County Public School System as well as the Catholic School system.
In his youth, he gave his life over to Jesus Christ, to serve and be used of Him. At age fifteen he started going around with other Elders, to churches aiding in whatever way that was needed. Being baptized as well as filled with the Holy Ghost and walking in the ways of righteousness for 71 years, he found out and lived what the word of God instructs us to do and be.
He was a member of Bibleway Holiness Church of Chesapeake, Va., for nearly 40 years under the pastoral guidance of the late Bishop William J. Faison. He was a willing and faithful ordained Minister and later was ordained Elder. He readily participated in many parts of the ministry: including preaching, baptizing, giving communion to the sick and shut-in, playing the guitar and being available in whatever capacity that was needed. Knowing God's word and praising God were very prevalent in his life. He avidly enjoyed praising God with clapping of hands, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. He loved playing the guitar and the tambourine. He would play the guitar, in church services as well as at home. It always brought him joy and a closeness with the Lord. He shared his love for guitar with others by teaching those who were interested, how to play the guitar.
He was also a part of the Churches of God in Christ Jesus Apostolic Inc., for over 60 years and was ordained and worked during the tenures of the late Presiding Bishop Randolph A.Carr, Presiding Bishop William S. Barnes and Presiding Bishop William J. Faison. He also worked in the First United body of Churches, under the tenure of the late Presiding Bishop Monroe Saunders Sr.
Although serving God and being used in the work of the Lord was his life, it didn't stop him from being a devoted Husband and the greatest Dad, Granddad and Great Granddad. There was never a time that we were in need, that He didn't provide whatever he had that could be of help. He worked for the City of Norfolk for many years and later went to school to study nursing and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. He worked for Senior Services using his nursing skills until he retired.
Growing up, Dad always made sure that we had clothes, food and shelter. He enjoyed baking pies, cakes, biscuits and cooking sweet potato jacks. It pleased him to bring others joy even if it was through your palate. He was a good steward over what God gave him to provide for His family. He not only provided for our needs, but he strove to obtain our wants and desires as well. Being conscious of our physical needs as well as our cognitive and mental needs. He would provide a listening ear or needful advice for whatever topic or problem that arose. He loved to laugh and bring laughter to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He held, played and comforted if needed, his children, their children and their children's children.
Being acquainted with struggle didn't hinder or deter him. Through it all, it allowed him to know what it meant to have faith and trust in God. He gave his great life of faith as an inheritance to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, of whom he actively demonstrated this character before.
"For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith" Romans 4:13
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and faithful wife of 61 years, Marjorie V. Hobbs. Three children, Frederick L. Hobbs Jr.(Penny), Charles H. Hobbs II(predeceased by daughter-in-lawPatricia), Renee L. Byrd (David). Eleven grandchildren, Michelle Loynes(Quincy), Ricky Hobbs, Charles J. Hobbs, Travaris Hobbs, Shawn Hobbs(Jasmine), Daniel Byrd, Josiah Byrd, Hannah Byrd, Rachel Byrd, Rebekah Byrd and Jonah Byrd. (predeceased by one granddaughter, Seconya Hobbs). Also leaving to cherish his memory, five great grand children(predeceased by one great grandchild). He leaves three brother-in-laws, Harold Arnold (Dorothy), Ronald Arnold (Tyresa), Samuel Arnold; two sister-in-laws, Norma Shields (predeceased by brother-in-law Cloid Shields) and Maureen Lewis(predeceased by brother-in-law Rudolph Lewis Sr.). His oldest niece, Ruth Stith and a host of nephews,(predeceased by two nephews) nieces, great nephews and nieces, great greatnieces and nephews, cousins, saints and friends. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Mable B. Lewis and Mary F. Hobbs. One brother, Charles H. Hobbs Jr., as well as a brother-in-law Willie L. Arnold Jr.(predeceased by sister-in-law Mary Arnold), and a sister-in-law Pearl Jacksons(predeceased by brother-in-law Collin Jackson Sr.).
We will forever cherish him in our hearts and minds
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