Alvin Hobbs, 85, passed away on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in the company of his family. He was survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Millie White Hobbs; his son, Kenneth and wife, Eilene; daughter, Allison Guillote and her husband, Mike; grandchildren, Jill Thibodeaux, Katie Cadena and her husband, Joe, Mike Guillote, Jr. and wife, Jessica and their child Kasie, and Sarah Breaux and husband Eric and their children, Leland and Gracie. He is also survived by his brother, Henry Hobbs; and his many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Minnie Hobbs; and sister, Mildred Baker.
Mr. Hobbs was born in Minden in 1926. He graduated from Minden High School and then served in the Navy during World War II as a member of the Seabees. He attended and graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston. He obtained his Master's Degree from George Peabody College and the University of Houston and pursued additional post-graduate studies at McNeese State College and Louisiana State University.
A member of First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, Mr. Hobbs was a past Master of Masonic Lodge 165 and was a past member of the Scottish Rite and the Shriners.
He served Calcasieu Parish as an educator for 34 years as teacher, Principal and Supervisor. May 5, 1979, Mr. Hobbs was named professional of the year by the Louisiana Association of Retarded Citizens.
He is well remembered not only as an educator but also as a rose grower, lecturer, Master Rosarian and Horticulture Judge. Mr. Hobbs was a popular guest columnist for the Lake Charles American Press, writing about roses for 11 years. He was awarded the Bronze Honor Medal of the American Rose Society for 1997 and was recognized with the Outstanding Judge Award of the Gulf District of the American Rose Society in 2006.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials made to the First United Methodist Church, the Church Choir Fund, the Calcasieu-Cameron Association of Retired Teachers, or the charity of your choice.
Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.
Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. Funeral services will be officiated by the the Reverends Louis Blankenbaker and Weldon Bares at First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers for the service will be John Garner, Darryl Drewett, Mike Guillote, Sr., Mike Guillote, Jr., Joe Cadena and Gabe Barkate. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Moss, Howard Stroud, and Eric Breaux.
The family wishes to thank Tina Bennett for the care, help and love extended to the Hobbs' family during the past two years and also the staff at Rosewood Nursing Home.Subscribe to Read!