Jesse Derwood Cobb
Jesse Derwood Cobb went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 10, 2019, at the age of 84 after a brave battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
He was born to Jess and Alma Cobb Dec. 31, 1934, at home in Rogers. He graduated valedictorian from Rogers High School in 1953. He farmed until he was 80 and ran his Brangus cattle operation until his death.
He met Carolyn Ann Gunn in grade school. They dated in high school and were married in 1954. He was a loving, devoted and faithful husband to Carolyn for 64 years. They enjoyed traveling, being with family and were leaders in their church and community.
His children and grandchildren will remember him for his sense of humor, his generosity, knowing the best restaurants, his extendable fork at the dinner table, his ability to sing bass, clicking his teeth, shucking sweet corn, camping at the river, riding on the combine with him, him getting in the water trough after a hard day on the farm, taking the grandkids to feed cows, the hand crank ice cream freezer, doing the Red Skelton jig, teaching them how to do handstands, holding hands, giving big hugs and his abiding faith in Jesus.
He was an elder at the Cameron Church of Christ for over 40 years. He was a gifted and respected Bible teacher and loved to sing.
He was a director in the Milam County Farm Bureau for 50 years, was voted a Texas Land Bank director for 12 years and was a director at the Calvert Co-op Gin. He and Carolyn received an agricultural award from the Chamber of Commerce and were recently nominated for a State Farm Bureau Convention award. He served on the Cameron school board for eight years.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn; one son and three daughters, Sandra and Joe Vaculin of Cameron, Gary and Lisa Cobb of Bryan, Lisa Cobb of Dallas, and Sherri and Brad Rodgers of Montgomery. He was known as Papa and Big Papa to 12 grandchildren, Brandon Vaculin, Jeremy Vaculin, Laurie Vaculin Snyder, Ashley Vaculin Aguirre, Lindsay Cobb Greening, Lauryn Cobb Juengel, Olivia Camargo, Satchel Koenig, Tallulah Koenig, Bennett Rodgers, Jackson Rodgers, Carly Rodgers; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two brothers and one sister, Darrel and Margaret Cobb of Georgetown, Geneva and Steve Harding of Houston, and Leonard and Inez Cobb of Rogers; and also numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his older brother and sister-in-law, Calvin and Bonnie Cobb.
Visitation was held on Sunday, May 12, from 3-5 p.m. at Marek Burns Laywell Funeral Home. Funeral services are at the funeral home on Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. and burial will be at the Greathouse Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cameron Church of Christ noted for the Derwood Cobb Children’s Home Memorial Fund or Standards Hospice of Cameron.