James S. Dobbs
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James S. Dobbs
  • July 6, 1932 - December 2, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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James Samuel Dobbs, known to everyone as Jim, was born on July 6, 1932 in Centerville, Arkansas. He was one of 11 children born to parents Samuel and Dorothy Dobbs, giving Jim 3 brothers and 7 sisters.

He passed away on December 2, 2017 in Sun City West, Arizona. He was 85 years old.

He served in the United States Army for 2 years as Coreman. In 1951 while in the service he met the love of his life Clydie Maxine. In 1953 Jim married Clydie and they remained together for 46 years. They had 4 children, Glen, Karyn, Wesley and Kenny.

He always said he grew up in the back hills of Arkansas and worked in the salt minds (he didn't). He started from scratch and owned a successful furniture manufacturing company called Continental Furniture for over 30 year. He retired and spent time with Mom before she went to be with the Lord in 2001. It was a family business and we all worked there. He was such a handyman and full of knowledge. He taught us all how to build things from scratch.

He loved fishing and I remember spending every weekend at the lake.

He also loved his little Chihuahua dogs, those were his babies and he took them everywhere.

He had 7 grandchildren, Kenny Dobbs Jr. and Candice Rodriguez, Tarah Hubbell and Erick Hubbell (who greeted Dad in heaven), Joshua and Bridgette Dobbs, and Josh Miller.

He had 10 great grandchildren, Uriya and Audrina Dobbs, Aaliya, Dominic Jr. and Julien Rodriguez, Aden and Zoey Calderon, Taylor and Gracie Dobbs and Tia Miller.

He had one great, great granddaughter Alyssa Hubbell.

We thank God for deliverance of the pain of death. He heard his cry, saw he was hurting and he listened. He said he wanted to go home! No more sickness, suffering or sorrow. He was ready and I am so thankful he surrendered his life to the Lord and is in His presence now.

He was a wonderful man, quiet and yet strong. Always there to lend a helping hand to whomever needed and however he could. He did everything for his kids and grandchildren. He loved life and lived it simply!

He was a practical joker, loved sneaking around to get a scare out of you. You could never sleep around him. He would get a feather and tickle your nose or face and run. Most of all loved giving wet willies! He loved putting lotion or shaving cream in your shoes when you took them off and then say come on lets go get your shoes on.

He was forever putting rubber bands on the water faucet in the kitchen so Mom and everyone would turn it on would get wet.

Dad's favorite words...you Peckerwood, you're a good ol' boy and at supper time...come on were waiting for you (as he's shoveling the food in his mouth). Going to miss his words, I love you sweetie!

My best memory will always be of him and Mom when they would sing together. He loved singing and whistling, as he walked with his hands in his pockets or sat in a chair with his legs crossed. A memory I will never forget and now both him and Mom are singing together again!