Mary Faye Sprinkle Hobson

February 14, 1928November 3, 2017

Mary Faye Sprinkle Hobson passed away November 3rd surrounded by family. She was born February 14, 1928 in Yadkin County, the youngest child of Margaret Burchman Williams and Leander Gwynn Sprinkle. She adored her brothers, John and Robert (Gertrude) Sprinkle and her sisters, Martha (Willie) Macy, Margaret (Glenn) Shugart and Maude (Frank) Graves, all preceding her in death. Mary spent much of her adult life in Tobaccoville and worked for RJ Reynolds for 35 years.

Mary was married for 40 years to her lifelong friend and love, Arvon Lunford Hobson. They were married in 1946 after his return from WWII and after her graduation from Courtney High School in 1945. They leave behind three children, Judy (Larry) Williams of Chapel Hill, Carol (Ray) Strassburger of Oakton, VA and Todd Hobson of Winston Salem.

One of Mary's greatest joys in life was having grandchildren, Geoffrey Williams of Chapel Hill, Susan Williams of Durham, Karin (Norm) Brautigam of Cary, and Brian (Stephanie) Strassburger of Fairfax, VA. She was equally proud of her two great grandsons, Drew and Chase Brautigam. Mary was always happiest surrounded by family. She also leaves behind many wonderful nieces and nephews, and a special sister in law, Alice Hobson Malcolm of Monroe.

Mary loved life and helping people. Baking pound cakes and apple pies for others brought her great joy. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed sewing and embroidering, always finding the time to make a pair of pillowcases for someone celebrating a wedding or birthday. The beautiful handmade dolls with hand sewn clothes will always be cherished by her family and special friends. She loved gardening, especially growing tomatoes, and watching NASCAR racing with her son. She was also a proud UNC basketball fan and Washington Nationals baseball fan. In addition, she was a proud volunteer at the Red Cross.

Mary loved her church. She was a faithful member of Marshall Baptist and had many loyal friends there. The Hobson family will receive friends at Marshall Baptist Church at 11AM on Wednesday, November 8th, followed by the service at noon. There will be a private inurnment at Forsyth Memorial Park.

Tributes to Mary can be made to Marshall Baptist Church (5739 Old Rural Hall Rd., Winston Salem, 27106) or Hospice & Palliative Care Center (101 Hospice Ln., Winston Salem, 27103).


  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017


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Terry Firle John Whitley

November 15, 2017

Daddy & I were so very sorry and sad when we heard that Mary had passed away. We have fond memories of her when she rode to work with my Dad, John Whitley, many years ago. She was a very kind, sweet and loving lady who will be missed by all who knew her. We were also hurt and disappointed because we were not able to attend her service. So, please accept our humble apology because we could not be there to support you in your time of grief.

May our Heavenly Father, who now surrounds Mary with His Holy Presence, also enfold you and your family with His Comfort & Peace as you begin your healing journey.

With Sympathy, Prayers & Love In Christ,
Terry Whitley Firle & John T. Whitley

November 7, 2017

We are praying for our Aunt Mary's family at this difficult time.....Nephew Franklin Macy, wife Cathy Macy....

Judy Potts

November 6, 2017

We are deeply saddened by your sweet mother's passing. We know you will miss her but look to family and friends to help you through it. Remember your mother from happier times and cherish all the things she did for you and with you. She loved you and your sisters very much. She is in a better place watching over you. Our prayers are with you. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time in your life.

Gary & Judy Potts, Brian and Amanda