OBITUARY

John A Hobbs

February 11, 1928June 12, 2019
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John A Hobbs 91-year-old WW II Veteran, February 11, 1928 – June 12, 2019. If you were fortunate enough to meet John A you instantly became a lifelong friend with fond memories. If you never had the opportunity to meet him you sure missed out on a great friendship. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Conroy Hobbs, father, John P Hobbs. Wife Libby Murphy Hobbs. Brother Paul Hobbs, sisters Joann Sanders and Patricia Williams. Survived by loving companion Nancy Quinn. Brother, Kenneth Hobbs and sister Margaret Ferguson. Sons; Mike (Judy) Hobbs, Joe (Elizabeth) Hobbs, Ronnie (Sandy) Hobbs and John C Hobbs. 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. John A basically skipped his childhood. He quit school so he could help support his family. He served in the Merchant Marines during WW ll at age 15 and began his first business at age 27. He developed and managed The Nashville Palace, Music Valley Museum, liquor and convenience stores and numerous hotels. He was dedicated to promoting country music and supporting entertainers. He was a loving, kind and generous family man and an exceptional friend to many. He will be greatly missed. Visitation Monday from 3 pm till 8 pm and Tuesday from 10 am till time of service at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Celebration of life will be held 11 am Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Ed Steiner officiating. Interment to follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Serving as Pallbearers; Mike Hobbs ll, Mark Hobbs, Barrett Hobbs, Landon Hobbs, Bobby Ciccolella and Hill Snyder Honorary Pallbearers; Dr. Ben Birdwell, Fred Sparling, Joe West, Tommy Lasorda, Randy Travis, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Russell, Congressman Jim Cooper, Jeff Mobley, Wayne Beck, Eddie Paschall, LD Wayne, Dixon Fleming, Todd Dodson, Speaker Kent Williams, Berry Gearon, David Smith, Tom Powell family, Pat Mitchell family, Bob Oeder family, Terry Clyne family, Charlotte Smith, Johnny Counterfit, K of C card players, PCB FL friends and John A’s Restaurant employees. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Holy Rosary Academy or Alive Hospice.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 17, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Memories

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Kim Miknis Broughton

June 20, 2019

John A. Hosted our group, Pubs, Pints and Pals three times. We became to know him for his love of Notre Dame football through Katie Brochu. She happened to come into the bar he owned that had a sacred wall space for Notre Dame. Katies Brother was Athletic Director Kevin White at that time, and she asked about the memorabilia he had on the wall. After that, through our connection with Katie, we were all great friends with Johnny.
He was a man that loved to show off the city of Nashville to us. He loved this City and loved the local Catholic Church.
I'd like to thank Johnny for making this rag-tag group of people unbelievably welcome to the great city of Nashville!
Kim Miknis Broughton

Johnny Counterfit

June 18, 2019

The only thing we can take with us, is the love people give us; John A. Hobbs is carrying a great deal of love with him.

Julie Richardson

June 18, 2019

John A. Hobbs was cherished for so many reasons. I was absolutely honored to be a friend and to have the opportunity to sit down with him to hear all the great stories of his life. It is my greatest accomplishment to have written his life story in order to share his legacy with the world. May his memory live on forever in your hearts, as it will in mine. My thoughts and prayers to the Hobbs family, Nancy Quinn, dear friends, and all those who carry a heavy heart at the loss of this great man. Love to you always John A.
Excerpt from John A. Hobbs: The Life and Times of Music Valley's Visionary " When all is said and done, what do you want to be remembered most for, John? He didn't hesitate for even a second before answering me this: That I was a good friend and if they needed help, I was there. I've helped a lot of friends in a lot of ways. With money and in a lot of other ways, but I do what I can for people. Also, that I treated everybody fair, the best I knew how, and I was honest with everybody. That's all I want. I stayed friends with most of them, and there is no such thing as a self-made man. Without a lot of help, nobody can make it in this world."

harry harless

June 18, 2019

All the years that I worked at the Palace as a Cook and sang with
Dianne Sherill I was so lucky to have known and worked for John A.
for all those years he was truly a very large part of my life and I
will remember him always!!! Thank You!!! Harry Harless

Ronnie Lutrick

June 17, 2019

Memories to many to mention. I Thankyou John, for them all, and your Kindness and Friendship. May you RIP..

Shoji Tabuchi

June 17, 2019

John Hobbs was a great man. I got to know him from Fiddlers Inn and Nashville Palace when we used to stay there while I was working for David Houston. He will always be remembered for being a wonderful man with a magnetic personality. John came to see us in Branson a few years ago. We are thinking of his friends and family and wishing them moments of peace and comfort as you remember someone who was so close to you. You are all in our prayers.

Respectfully,
Shoji Tabuchi and Family

Phyllis West

June 17, 2019

To all of John A's family,
Its hard to find the right words when you lose someone so dear to you and your community. I grew up at Holy Rosary with his boys. Growing up John seemed bigger than life. My father (Millard D McBroom) too was a WWII veteran (Purple Heart Recipient) served as Sgt of a tank battalion in France and he was just a kid. They truly were the Greatest Generation. I lost him when I was 10 years old. So I found out very young how precious life is. John's family is so lucky to have had him around for as long as they did. I know they realize how important and giving he always was to his friends & community. John helped Ben (whom I lost March 30, 2019) & I in our business and campaigns, and I am forever grateful. We helped him back every chance we got.
Now he is with God, His Son and Mother, and all His angels. I hope John will say Hi to my husband Ben and my father & my goal is to see them all again one day.
Love & Prayers to the Family
Phyllis West

Grace Saffer

June 16, 2019

I offer my sincere condolences to the family of John A Hobbs. I had the pleasure of working for Mr. Hobbs at his Rodeway and Ramada Inns for almost 15 years. I remember John A as a pleasant and kind man who always treated me nicely as did his son Ronnie Hobbs who was my General Manager at Rodeway. I remember the great Christmas parties Mr. Hobbs held at his Nashville Palace. I was truly saddened to hear of Mr. Hobbs passing. May God bless and be with all of his family members .

David Smith

June 15, 2019

“Thanks a million” for the wonderful memories we shared but most of all your guidance and great friendship. We’ll treasure it all forever.
David and Julianne Smith

Reg and Barbara Cowell

June 15, 2019

So many memories of John A it is hard to pick one but spending a day with him going round Nashville seeing where he grew up and all his old haunts followed by lunch in one of his favourite restaurants. Just the three of us was priceless. God bless John and may you rest in peace

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