Stella Mae Hobbs
February 8, 1926 – July 26, 2020
Stella Mae Clarrette Hobbs received the gift of life on the 8th day February 1926. She returned the gift peacefully as she transitioned to Glory on Sunday, the 26th day of July , 2020 at the wonderful age of 94 years, 5 months and 18 days.
Stella was born in Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas to Bunion and Frankie Johnson Clarrette. Her father was a carpenter by trade and her mother a homemaker. The family moved to Fort Worth in the summer of 1933 with her three siblings. Stella began her formal education at the old Dunbar Elementary School that still stands today on Willie Street, and has been converted into a museum in the Stop Six Community of Fort Worth, TX. She graduated from the segregated and historic I.M. Terrell High School in 1945. During the Jim Crow era, Stella had to board a city bus and travel all the way to I. M. Terrell High School from which she graduated in 1945.
After High School graduation, Stella also attended school at Dickerson School of Beauty Culture. She loved her work as a beautician and for many years operated a beauty shop built by her husband in the rear of their home. In later life while still a dedicated business woman, she decided to return to school and received an Associate Degree in early childhood education from Tarrant County Junior College. Stella met her future husband at the age of 15 when he came to Fort Worth in 1941 to visit his sister who lived next door to her family. John, referred to as J.W., was on his way to the Army to serve his country in WW II. John returned from the war in 1945 and swept Stella off her feet in a whirlwind romance. She became Mrs. John Wesley Warren Hobbs in July of that same year.
Stella accepted Christ at a very young age. Her Christian experience began when she united with the Antioch Baptist Church with her parents. After marriage, she joined St. James A.M.E. church, where she worked as the Church Secretary, and held other offices throughout the church. After her husband expired, she moved her membership to be with her children to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, TX under the Leadership of the Late Pastor N. L. Robinson and now Pastor James P. Thompson Jr. Stella remained a faithful member of the Senior Sunday School class and loved the annual VIP events as she looked forward to them every year until her health failed. She was so excited when the Mount Olive Ministers would bring the Lord's Supper monthly. Stella's interest included family, reading, managing her personal documents, notary, crocheting dollies, caring for people in the community, and especially caring for her grandchildren. Stella even got on a plane and traveled to Europe to care for her grandchildren. Her greatest joy throughout the years has been her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Stella even got on an airplane alone in her mature years and traveled to Europe to care for her grandchildren when her daughter, Sandra needed her so she could perform her Air Force duties as an Officer without worry. None of the family will ever forget Stella's sought out "Peach Cobbler."Her pies were the bomb and family, friends, and neighbors could never get enough.
Mrs. Hobbs is survived by one son, Warren Bunyon Hobbs (Janice) Arlington, TX; and four daughters; Johnnie Mae Durham (Travis) Flower Mound, TX; Virginia Lynn Edmondson (Charles) Duncanville, TX ; Sandra Tharan Gilliam (Stanley) Fort Worth, TX; and Dorene Yvonne Wheatley (Robert Deceased) Savannah, TX.; 16 Grandchildren; 34 Great grandchildren; and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Warren Hobbs (8/17/1986) Parents Bunion and Frankie Clarrette ; Her sister Margaret James (Doll) Two brothers ( Major Clarrette (Sonny); Howard Clarrette (Moody); Son-in-law, Robert Louis Wheatley; Great-Granddaughter, Jamaica Durham Stella is the last survivor of her family and the oldest of her siblings. Her entire family is waiting at the gates of heaven to greet her!
Funeral Services will be Livestreamed via Facebook: Mt. Olive Baptist Church Arlington and YouTube: MOBC.org
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Stella Mae Hobbs
July 31, 2020
This beautiful woman was involved with several milestone events in my life. By her graciously accepting to care for my daughter, Ayana, she enabled me to return to work after maternity leave. She imparted her maternal wisdom with care and understanding, which significantly contributed to my ability to raise my child. She also insisted on being with me to help usher my grandmother on to heaven. I will always remember that she was there to lend support, compassion, and love at a time when I needed it most.
Additionally, I loved her fried apple pie. To this day, I have not been able to recreate that delicious treat even though she took the time in her kitchen to show me how to make that delectable bit of sweet goodness.
I will always remember her as a gracious and beautiful woman.
When souls are done with the physical world, they tend to stay with us, making sure we are safe and loved even from heaven.
Thank you God for allowing us to be a part of Miss Stella Mae Hobbs' life.
Monica N. Bennett
July 31, 2020
Our Heartfelt Condolences to the Hobbs Family in this time of sadness. May our prayers of healing and hope provide some comfort to you as your Mother has gone on to a Greater Glory . She will be missed but she will always be with you in your hearts!
On behalf of The Gilliard family members in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia , Georgia, Texas , Kentucky and overseas .
P. L. Dunbar High School Class of 1968
July 30, 2020
Virginia, our prayers are with you, your sisters & brother as you each adjust to the loss of the matriarch of the Hobbs family. Please let us know how we may comfort & be of assistance to you. Keep your face to the sun & the heavens & you will never see the shadows behind you. May God continue to comfort each of you as you gain strength together. Your friends,