OBITUARY

Major General (Retired) Henry H. Cobb Jr.

October 8, 1920February 7, 2013

Major General (Retired) Henry Hammond Cobb, Junior Major General (Retired) Henry H. Cobb, Junior, age 92, of Birmingham, AL passed away on February 7, 2013. The son of Henry H. Cobb, Senior and Virginia Cobb, he was born on October 8, 1920. He attended Ramsey High School and is a graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. MG (Ret) Cobb graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics. MG (Ret) Cobb led a long and distinguished life as an Army Officer and business entrepreneur. His military career began in 1943 when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery. MG (Ret) Cobb’s more than 40-year military career included successful leadership and command positions at all ranks through Major General. MG (Ret) Cobb’s military service is highlighted by his establishment and subsequent tenure as the Commander, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), service as Adjutant General, Alabama National Guard, service in Korea with 8th United States Army, and his distinction as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in the Hurtgen Forest in November 1944 during World War II. MG (Ret) Cobb’s professional career also included over thirty years of faithful and distinguished service with New York Life Insurance Company in Birmingham; a twenty-five year partnership in Cobb-Kirkland Pontiac and Cadillac of Montgomery; and founder of Southern Restaurant Group with prospering restaurants in Destin and Panama City, Florida and Orange Beach, Alabama, which now continue under family leadership. MG (Ret) Cobb is preceded in death by his wife, Alice Wise Cobb; his parents, Henry H., Sr. and Virginia Cobb; sister, Mary Cobb Hulse; and great-grandsons, Pierce and Jude Reyher. He is survived by three children: Cathy Stephenson (Jack); Hammond Cobb, III (Linda); and Margaret Reyher (Jim); eight grandchildren: Robert Comer (Laura), John Comer (Brooke), Matt Comer, Hammond Cobb, IV (Candice), Will Cobb (Haley), Richard Cobb, Wes Reyher (Meredith), and Alice Kudart (Chris); three great-grandchildren: Alison Cobb, Leyden Comer, and Lucy Comer, as well as three very special people: Lulie Hodges and Mary Lou and Howard Cowgill. Military honors will be rendered by members of the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Alabama Army National Guard during graveside services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to one of the following organizations: The Henry H. Cobb, Junior Scholarship Fund, PO Box 101254, Birmingham, AL 35210-6254 Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3736 Montrose Road, Mountain Brook, Alabama 35213 20th Special Forces Society, PO Box 101254, Birmingham, Alabama 35210-6254

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2013
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Major General (Retired) Henry H. Cobb Jr.

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David Stanley

June 9, 2013

On the few occasions I have met with MG (Ret) Cobb, he has always shown me kindness, as have the late Mrs. Cobb and the rest of the family. May you all be continually blessed.

SFC Larry S. "Steve" Adams (20th SF Ret)

February 15, 2013

There wasn't a finer man, than General Cobb. The state and nation has lost one of it's best. He will be long remembered and missed. He was a stand up guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, in this time of their grief and loss.

Gerry Howard

February 15, 2013

"Here's to them like us, damn few, and not many of us left"
Sleep well sir.
Gerry Howard PP National 4th Infantry(Ivy) Assoc.

February 13, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss of this great man. What a tribute he was and what wonderful memories you have to last a life time as his legend lives on. I will be praying for peace in your hearts.
Love,
Pam DeBardeleben

February 13, 2013

Wayne J Smith montgomery Ala ,Cobb.Kirkland 12 years

February 12, 2013

when we live we our lives out, what name have we made for ourselves, most importantly what nme have we made with GOD..May you rest in peace MR HENRY

Susan Kidd

February 12, 2013

John and I extend our sympathy in the passing of your father. What a wonderful , patriotic man he was. I wish there were more like him.

BG Joseph (Buck) Camp

February 12, 2013

He was a great soldier, and I only wish I'd been able to serve under him longer! I remember when our command gathered in Birmingham for a formation to honor MG Cobb's retirement. It rained so hard that day that he formation was called off! But that did not dim the accolades for his service!

February 11, 2013

A comrade-in-arms, mentor and a very dear friend. Forever the Bond. De Oppresso Liber! CW4(Ret) Pete Morris

Billie Carter

February 11, 2013

I had the honor and privilege to serve with Major General Cobb for many years. He was a remarkable commander and a charismatic leader you would follow anywhere. Gen Cobb's first concern was always for the welfare of his troops. He would never ask of a soldier anything he would not do himself. Leaders like MG Cobb are very rare. He will be profoundly missed.