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Private First Class Abner Lee Hobbins
U. S. Army Air Corps
Ser. # 18060457

January 24, 1920 October 16, 1942
Wharton City Cemetery
Wharton, Texas

Gold Star Mother Elma B. (Jenkins) Hobbins

Private First Class Abner Lee Hobbins, U.S. Army Air Forces [January 24, 1920 - October 16, 1942] was born to George Thomas Hobbins [May 12, 1894 - March 17, 1960] and Elma Bertha (Jenkins) Hobbins [___ _, 1895 - ___ _, 1976] at Pledger, Matagorda County, Texas.  Abner was a graduate of Boling High School, Class of 1941.  On November 6, 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces at Houston, TX.  October 16, 1942, he and his sergeant were on their way to see their girl friends in Vermont, after leaving their camp at Westover Field, Chicoppee, MA. As they were walking beside the roadway at Rutland, VT he was struck by a car and killed instantly.  His companion was only badly bruised.  He was returned home, and his funeral was held at the Wharton Funeral Home. Interment with full military honors was held at Wharton City Cemetery, Wharton, Texas. Survivors included his parents: George and Elma; two brothers: Private Willard Hobbins, U.S. Army and George Hobbins, Jr.; and two sisters: Mrs. Donna Pearl Bundick and Mrs. Wilma Faye Thomas.

Military Honors Accorded Soldier Killed In Vermont

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

Pledger Youth Is Killed In Vermont

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.

The Herald (Bay City) October 24, 1942

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