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Milwood L. Hobbs, Sr.

February 20, 1949 June 19, 2021
Milwood L. Hobbs, Sr.
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Milwood Lee Hobbs, Sr was born on February 20, 1949, and on Saturday, June 19, 2021, Milwood was called home to be with the Lord.  

Milwood was the second child of Samuel Lincoln and Lora (Hawkes) Hobbs.  He was raised in Blackstone, Virginia along with his brother, Samuel (Sonny Boy) and sister Wanda.  After graduating from Luther H. Foster High School, he matriculated his undergraduate studies at North Carolina A&T University .  While at A&T, Milwood pledged Omega Psi Phi fraternity, MU PSI Chapter in 1968.  Along with his fraternity activities he met and fell in love with Linda Faye Benton.  After graduating cum laude from A &T in 1971 with a degree in Accounting, Milwood pursued his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh in their accelerated program.   While in business school, Milwood and Linda were married on December 18, 1971.  After he received his MBA in 1972, Milwood accepted a job in public accounting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, in Atlanta, GA.  During his initial training program, they had their first child Milwood, Jr.
 As a Certified Public Accountant, Milwood co-founded the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (“NABA”).  In 1974, they welcomed another son, Quentin Lamont, on January 5.  In 1980, after his promotion to Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Milwood accepted a job at Promus Corporation (formerly Holiday Inn Corporation and now a part of Hilton Hotels) as Executive Assistant to Chairman, President & CEO in Memphis, Tennessee.  During this time, they had their third child, Aiyana Danett, born March 4, 1981.  While at Promus, Milwood had a desire to learn the operations side of the hotel business and accepted a job in Atlanta, Georgia as a Manager of Embassy Suites, the new suites concept in the hotel industry.  In Atlanta, Milwood would go on to manage the opening of Perimeter Center property and manage the Buckhead Embassy Suites.  As a proven operator, he took a position as Regional Director of Embassy Suites in Washington , DC and ultimately became the General Manager of Embassy Suites – downtown Washington, DC.   After a successful career in hotel management, he wanted to get back to his accounting roots and accepted an opportunity with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Senior Staff Accountant in 1999.  Milwood retired from the SEC in 2012 and continued to share his accounting and finance expertise as a Consultant for small and medium size businesses.  
Milwood was a man of great faith, he loved to worship and praise God, as it is written, Worship the Lord your God and serve him only (Luke 4:8).  He was a life-long member of Poplar Lawn Baptist Church, and loved being there.
Milwood was a loving and devoted father, who was inspirational and set great examples for his children. He loved them unconditionally and was self-sacrificing, he always made sure they had what they needed.   No matter how busy he was he found time to coach little league baseball and help with school projects.  He was a loving grandfather of five who never missed birthdays or special occasions and he always looked forward to spending time with them.  He was a loyal friend, who was always there to lend a helping hand and offer advice.   
Milwood was an avid reader who loved sports and traveling.  He greatly enjoyed connecting with, meeting, and networking with people. There was no such thing as a stranger; just people he had not connected with yet. It was his joy and pleasure to talk with others.  
Milwood was preceded in death by his loving parents Samuel and Lora Hobbs.  He is survived by his wife, Linda; children – Milwood, Jr. (Kimberly), Quentin (Kelly) and Aiyana (Michael) Vetrano; his grandchildren – Christopher Lee, Corey Milwood, Chase Nicholas, Mya Hope and Mariah Grace; his siblings – Samuel “Sonny” (Lena) Hobbs and Wanda (Curt) Moore along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, fraternity brothers and friends.  He will be truly missed by all.

Courage, brother, do not stumble, Though thy path be dark as night; There’s a star to guide the humble: Trust the Lord, He is the light.

Viewing will be Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 2 to 7 PM.


The service will be live streamed starting at 1:00 PM, EST on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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