Former Co-workers and students remember Stephen Hobbs
Craig Matthews- Tift County CTAE Director
Sephus Willis- Former Co-worker
Joe West- Asst. Dean UGA Tifton Campus
Alex Willis and Tiffany Wiggins- Former Students
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
Friends, co-workers, and students are remembering a Ty Ty man who was killed in a Tifton wreck Monday morning.
Those who knew Hobbs say he had a big heart and a love for agriculture. They say he'll be missed by many people in Tifton, especially the agricultural community.
A family man, helpful, and dedicated are just some of the ways people are describing 58-year-old Stephen Hobbs.
"Steve Hobbs was a great man and he was always willing to help. If you ever had a need he would show up and be able to help you out," said Craig Matthews.
Hobbs was killed in a wreck Monday at the intersection of Upper Ty Ty Road and Ray Taylor Road. Troopers say 76-year-old Johnnie Hill was trying to make a left turn when he crashed head-on into Hobbs' Chevrolet Blazer. Sephus Willis just saw Hobbs Sunday at church.
"It left a big hole for me, not only me but our church, his family of course, but also this community," said Sephus Willis.
Hobbs started working as the Swine Manager in the Animal Science Department at the UGA Tifton campus in the mid 1980's. For the last 15 years, he taught Ag courses at Tift County High School and was the head advisor for the Young Farmers program.
"He came here and worked for the University of Georgia went into the school systems to give that knowledge to kids to educate them in the field of agriculture," said Joe West.
"He was just a real good man, he helped anybody he could," said Alex Willis.
Hobbs retired from the school system last year but continued to volunteer in the Young Farmers program. He was awarded an honorary membership for his dedication to the program.
"It's a tragic loss for the whole agriculture community, not just in Tift County but also the whole state of Georgia. He was a big influence through everybody," said Tiffany Wiggins.
Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate the crash. Troopers say charges are pending against Johnnie Hill. Stephen Hobbs' funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ty Ty.