Celebrating the life of Portia F. Hobbs
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At the age of five she attended the Poplar Lawn Elementary School. At the age of nine she became a Christian witness for Christ. Her Christian experiences on this journey included serving on the choir, usher board, Sunday School secretary, eighteen years as secretary of the Women’s Department of Ebenezer, the director of the Youth Choir, and in the year 1965 was voted church clerk under the leadership of the Reverend H. R. Watkins. At age fifteen she graduated from the Nottoway Training School. She substituted in just about every school in Nottoway County.
When Camp Pickett opened, she was then employed by the U.S. Government as a Laundry Shipping Supervisor. When Camp Pickett closed, she was then employed by Nottoway County Public Schools. She completed a program in “Early Childhood: at Virginia State College. She completed a program offered by the Nottoway County which gave her the opportunity to be employed as a Clerical Teacher’s Aide.
She was one of the first Black Teacher’s Aide along with another Black teacher to integrate the school system. She was the President of the P.T.A. when the integrated Blackstone Primary School was built. She served for three periods as secretary for the County Census.
She was a forty-two-year member of the Imperial Order of King David and over sixty years as a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Virginia Bethune Chapter.She retired from the Nottoway School System in 1989 and shortly thereafter retired as Church Clerk and as a Notary for the State of Virginia after serving for over thirty-three years. She was married to the late Thurman Hobbs. From this union they had one son, Christopher Hobbs, who proceeded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memories, three grandsons, Christopher (C.J.), Carlton (Katie), and Cameron; one great granddaughter, Cashiya; one daughter-in-law, Mary Hobbs; a Goddaughter, Arneica Crawford; like-a-granddaughter, Tiffany Crawford; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors.
Viewing Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 4 to 7PM and Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 12 to 7PM.
Funeral Service Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:00AM at Poplar Lawn Baptist Church, Blackstone. Interment church cemetery.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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