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Body of Albany Private returns

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

November 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An American flag drapes the casket that carries 22-year-old Theron Hobbs. He was killed in an accident while he was serving in Iraq. Now his family is relying on support from each other to get through this tough time.

"For the most part we are trying to be strong because he was a cheerful person, and he wouldn't want us to be all depressed. He would want us to celebrate the right way," said Kimberly Hobbs.

But that strength gave way to tears as eight military men proceeded with the plane-side honors. "It's special to me because I know he would want that, because he had a big heart and he always loved everybody else," said Hobbs.

His wife, Kimberly Hobbs, is expecting their first child in February, a son who will be given his father's name. And says she will do everything she can to make sure he knows his father in spirit.

"We have a lot videos and I will show them to him. And I know the people who knew Theron will tell him that his father was a good guy," said Hobbs.

A caravan of Albany police and sheriff cruisers escorted Hobbs body to the Meadows Funeral Home. "I know he is grinning from ear to ear if he could see it. I know he is smiling so hard, like is all this is for me," said Hobbs.

"He's paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. So he deserves every respect that is due to him and every respect that is possible for him," said Staff Sergeant, Carl McCollough. 

And the family is keeping that in mind when they lay him to rest Saturday. "I am going to give him the best funeral that I can because I know that he would send me away the same way," said Hobbs. She will give him a hero's farewell for a man who died serving his country.

Theron Hobbs' funeral will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday afternoon at the Church of Christ on the Liberty Expressway. There will also be a visitation Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Meadows funeral home in Albany.

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