Wade Donaldson Hobbs Sr. passed away on August 9, 2022. He was born in Hawkinsville, GA on June 20, 1937 to the late Ovid Carl Hobbs and Leah Donaldson Hobbs. He moved to the New Orleans area as a toddler and lived there for a few years before the family moved back to Warner Robbins, GA and then to the Marietta and Hiram areas. He graduated from Hiram High School and attended Southern Polytechnical Institute. He began working at the age of 14 at Atlanta Water Works and after a couple of years moved to Glidden Paint Company (in the then Industrial Park near Howell Mill Rd in Atlanta) where he eventually became the production manager. When Glidden closed the Atlanta plant, he retired after 38 years with the company. He didn’t stay retired for long. He joined SunTrust Bank and later their partner business where he worked for another 27 years. Finally retiring for good at 81 years old and only then due to a medical incident. He truly enjoyed his work, his co-workers, and anything that involved using a computer. In recent years, however, he's made a point to tell everyone who will listen that they “should retire as fast as they can”. Turns out retirement life was better than he had expected. In addition to work, he loved mowing the grass (to an exact height), grilling, road trips, and eating at Waffle House.
Wade was married to Nancy Steadman Hobbs for 27 years and they remained lifelong friends, co-parents, and doting grandparents. He later married Phyllis Etheridge Harvey (after meeting at a square-dancing event) and had a wonderful marriage until her death 5 years ago. Wade was a longtime member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church and then a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Woodstock where he was a member of the Rudolph Sunday School class. He adored his family and loved spending time with them. Wade was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who will be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Hobbs, his sister, Mary Van Parson, and his nephew, Robert Parson. Wade is survived by his son, Wade Donaldson Hobbs Jr.; his daughter, Michelle (Kevin) Ansley; his stepson, Hank Harvey; the grandchildren he absolutely adored; Alexis Ansley, Grant Ansley, and Brooke Ansley; his first wife and lifelong friend, Nancy Thompson; his niece and nephew, great nieces and nephews, and many great-great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 10:00am until 11:00am. Funeral Services for Mr. Hobbs will begin at 11:00am at Clark Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Memorial Park followed by a reception at the Ansley’s home in Marietta beginning at 1:30pm.
Mr. Hobbs had a very rare inherited disease called Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). This disease caused him many medical issues throughout life and has taken the lives of many of our relatives, including Wade’s mom, sister, nephew, and countless aunts and uncles. Younger, family members continue to face the many challenges of FAP. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Mr. Hobbs honor towards the National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD).
Clark Funeral Home is honored to care for the Hobbs family during this difficult time.