Hobbs, Homer B.

Homer Buel Hobbs
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Homer Buel Hobbs, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at his home in Portales.

He was born on May 26, 1919, in Cisco, Texas, to Susie and Homer Hobbs. When he was a boy, the family moved to Roosevelt County and settled near Pep. He attended school at Elida. In April of 1941 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was part of the 200th Coast Artillery and went to the Philippine Islands in the fall of that year. On April 9, 1942, he along with thousands of other American soldiers was captured by the Japanese and marched to prison camps in the Bataan Death March. He was held captive in prison camps until September 1945. He had been awarded a Purple Heart, and eight Bronze Stars as well as other assorted medals and ribbons. After his release he went to Arkansas to join his family. He married Maxine Hodges on Dec. 19, 1946, in Fayetteville, Ark. They made their home in Lincoln, Ark., until 1951. They moved to a farm north of Portales for a short time, and then moved into town. He worked at various odd jobs until he went to work as a carpenter. In the early 1970s he began working at Wheeler Mortuary doing handyman jobs. He retired in the mid 1980s. In his later years he enjoyed watching rodeos and old westerns on television. He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elvin T. and Charles H. Hobbs; and his wife.

Survivors include a son, Jim Hobbs (and wife, Sue) of Midland, Texas; a daughter, Bobbie Victor (Bobby) of Dora; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Glenn E. Hobbs of Huntsville, Ark., and Wylie E. Hobbs of Checotah, Okla.; and a sister, Ida Pearl Martin of Floyd.

Mike Tucker and Scott Reeves will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Shane Hobbs, Rick Black, Chance Tucker, Ethan Tucker, Buster Tucker and Alec Black.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.