James Ross Hobgood

January 30, 1938April 5, 2019

Mr. James Ross Hobgood, age 81, of Cartersville, Georgia, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, April 5, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

James Ross was born on January 30, 1938, in Cartersville, Georgia, to the late Mr. Warren H. Hobgood and Mrs. Etta Louise Hobgood.

James Ross grew up in Cartersville and attended Cartersville and Cass schools, eventually graduating from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. He spent forty three years as a commercial truck driver, seeing forty seven of the fifty states. James Ross was always athletic, playing ball from the time he was young, where he earned the nickname 'Hoss.' He actively participated in multiple sports, including football, baseball, and soccer. Sports played a big part in his family life, as well, as he always loved playing and watching sports with his children and grandchildren. He also loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He always loved his animals, as well, especially his dog, Murphy.

James Ross is preceded in death by his parents; his infant sister, Charlotte Ann; his brother, Harold Hobgood; his favorite brother-in-law, Jimmy Wheeler; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins also precede James Ross in passing.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty years, Shirley Mullinax Hobgood. He is also survived by his three children, Renee' (Darrell) Noble, Jimmy (Leah) Hobgood, and Tracy (Bill) Woods; his sister, Carolyn Hobgood Wheeler, and his brother, Larry (Marilyn) Hobgood; his four grandchildren, Sam (Jahna) Hobgood, Chloe Hobgood, Claire Woods, and Jacob Woods.

A Celebration of Life Service to honor James Ross's life will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at three thirty in the afternoon in the chapel of Owen Funeral Home with family and friends sharing eulogies and fond memories of James Ross.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from two o'clock in the afternoon until the service hour.

Please visit to leave fond memories of James Ross, as well as expressions of sympathy and condolences for his family.

Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Georgia, 30120, is honored to have been entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. James Ross Hobgood.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, April 7, 2019

James Ross Hobgood

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Donna Hartsfield

April 7, 2019

I have known James Ross since my high school days, since I was best friends with his sister Carolyn. Being an only child, I was always envious of the love between Carolyn and her brothers. James Ross was always larger than life to me. He had that gruff exterior but underneath all that bluster was a heart of gold. My last memory of him was at a cookout at his brother Larry’s house. I had not seen a lot of him but knew he hadn’t been feeling well. Somehow, he and I ended up in the family room with our plates of food. We sat and talked and I realize now what a blessing that was to reconnect with him. I will cherish that memory always.