James Edward Cobb III

January 22, 1946December 1, 2018

James Edward Cobb III, 72, James Edward Cobb, III, of Ashland, died December 1, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alice Brown Cobb; their sons, Jamie (Lindsay) and Phillip (Erin); grandchildren, Ashton, Brown, Aliya, Jemma and Caroline; sister, Janet Cobb; sister-in-law, Sally Temple (Johnny) and nephews, Andy (Aimee) and J.P. (Laura). As a deep-rooted Hanoverian in "Cobbville" and fixture in the community, Jim graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1964. He graduated from VCU and began his career in the county that he loved. Some of his significant contributions to Hanover County Public Schools were teaching PE/Health, Driver Education, and coaching football at PHHS for 43 years. In retirement, Jim enjoyed maintaining his homeplace, vacationing with his family in Nags Head, initiating a group hug every chance he got and singing his favorite lyric, "You and me together, forever." To his family, Jim was a loving and giving husband, father, grandfather, best friend and hero. He was gentle and kind, knew no strangers and was a friend to all who knew him. Jim, known for his contagious laugh, will be greatly missed by all. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 8th at St. James the Less Episcopal Church, 125 Beverly Road, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. James the Less.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 8, 2018

James Edward Cobb III

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james carneal

December 11, 2018

I will never forget Jim visiting the Tysons when I was there and he had his pick up truck loaded up with all sorts or things to take to the recycling place. He even had loaded a rather large riding mower and was happy as a lark.
Jim was always one with a smile and always greeted me warmly. I appreciated Jim's ability to sit by and calmly not provide any input when I was coaching Phillip in little league basketball even though I probably could have used it.
I always thought of him as somewhat of a gentle giant who cast a large shadow upon those he knew and loved as well as friends and associates.

Allen Saunders Jr

December 9, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Cobb family regarding Jim's recent passing.
Coach Cobb was my P.E./Health teacher at Liberty Jr. High School when I was in the 9th grade (1982-83 school year) and my driving instructor in the summer of 1984. He was one of my favorite teachers during my school years and I was very saddened to hear about his recent death just a few days ago
My thoughts and prayers to his family during their time of loss and grief.

Allen W. Saunders Jr

Delores Madison

December 8, 2018

I remember getting the driver training car stuck in the mud at PHHS back in the 60s. Coach Cobb came out in his suit and wingtips to help push me out of the mud. He just asked that I take it easy and not splatter him. Student driver that I was, I floored it and he was covered. He just laughed & reassured me that all was good. That's the kind of man that he was.

Reggie Dabney

December 6, 2018

Rest in Peace "Coach Cobb" you will never be forgotten .

Mike Wilkerson

December 6, 2018

Great memories of playing with and against "Coach" in the over 35 basketball league in Ashland. While he was a bit older than most he could still play, be competitive and enjoy the game. Cobb family I am sorry for your loss, he was a good man.

Mike Wilkerson

Stuart Mallory

December 5, 2018

Rest in peace, Jim. Family members, I am so sorry for your loss.

Holly Barth

December 5, 2018

I remember Jim first as a parent of his two awesome sons back when I started my teaching career in Hanover. Then I had the pleasure of teaching his adorable granddaughter! He would come and have lunch with her on Taco Days! Always enjoyed seeing him and chatting with him and his wonderful wife, Alice! God Bless this sweet family. Jim will be missed for sure.

kathy Williams

December 5, 2018

prayers and comfort to the cobb"s family. i can remember in the 80s when coach cobb did the summer program at elmont . he taught me how to swim one summer in that program and said he was going to adopt me as his own, you will be miss until we one day see each other agian.

Roslyn de Cordova

December 4, 2018

My condolences to the Cobb Family. God’s Blessings to you all.

George Howard

December 4, 2018

An everlasting memory I have of Coach Cobb was how receptive he was to me and other black kids that merged from John M. Gandy. His objective was to teach the game and play to win. He avoided the side agendas that still exist to some degree today. I use to watch him in the gym, shooting ball with Coach Ricks. The man could shoot the lights out! I was so impressed. Love you Coach Cobb!