Private First Class Abner Lee Hobbins
U. S. Army Air Corps
Ser. # 18060457
January 24, 1920 – October 16, 1942
Gold Star Mother
Elma B. (Jenkins) Hobbins
Pvt. Abner Lee Hobbins, who was born at Pledger January 24th, 1920, died of injuries he received when he was struck by a car a week ago tonight (October 16). He and his sergeant were on their way to see their girl friends in Vermont after leaving their camp at Chicoppee, Massachusetts. Young Hobbins was killed instantly but his companion was only badly bruised when the motorist failed to see them at the side of the road.
The military escort home was Cpl. Francis J. McKearin, buddy of Pvt. Dobbins, and also stationed at Westover Field.
The funeral here was held with full military honors. A firing squad from Camp Hulen was present and members of Company C of the Texas Defense Guard formed the honor guard.
Young Hobbins is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Hobbins, two sisters, Donna Pearl and Wilma Fay and two brothers, Geo. Jr. and Corporal Willard T. Hobbins who is stationed at San Angelo, Texas.
The young man was a graduate of the Boling High School in the class of 1941 and was well liked and admired by his classmates. His untimely death is regrettable and his family has the deep sympathy of many friends.
The funeral was held from the Chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home and interment was made in the Wharton Cemetery. The Rev. Jester N. White conducted the religious rites.
The Wharton Spectator,
Friday, October 23, 1942
F. H. Hobbins of Pledger notified the Herald Friday afternoon that Private Abner L. Hobbins, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. George T. Hobbins of Pledger, died at 1:50 a.m. Friday morning.
Private Hobbins, who was stationed at Westover Field, Mass., was killed in a motor accident in Rutland. Vermont. The body was shipped to Wharton, where the burial took place.
Hobbins volunteered for the air corps a year ago. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Private [Thomas] Willard Hobbins, also in the Army Air Corps, stationed at San Angelo, and George Hobbins, Jr. of Pledger; two sisters, Donna Pearl (Hobbins) [Bundick] and Wilma Faye (Hobbins) [Thomas] of Pledger.
(Bay City) October 24, 1942
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