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  • 30 Jul 2014 5:48 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., July 30, 2014 –SNA 2014, held July 22 - 24 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., saw positive energy and encouraging signs of growth further demonstrating the resilience of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), a 115 yr. old professional trade organization representing the horticulture industry in the Southeastern U.S, and the industry in general. For the second year, this regional event proved to be another success based on comments echoed by both exhibitors and attendees. The mood was remarkably upbeat as industry professionals from all sectors of the industry, including breeders, growers, manufacturers, landscapers, retailers, service providers, research and education, gathered for the three-day event.


    The event kicked off on Tuesday, July 22 with The 13th Southern Plant Conference that drew a crowd of nearly 200 passionate plant enthusiasts very excited to see and hear the 15 plant experts that featured an impressive list of authors, botanical garden directors, professors, researchers, and world travelers – all with the goal of expanding knowledge and use of new and improved plants for the landscape. Michael Steinhardt, coined Wall Street’s Greatest Trader whose country estate houses one of the world’s largest private zoos and gardens was the special guest speaker. The conference, sponsored by HIP Labels, Inc., and Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI), provides the perfect platform for the grower, landscaper and retailer to come together for a glimpse at exciting new plants coming to market.


    The 59th Annual SNA Research Conference, sponsored by GreenForest Nursery, was held on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, and saw strong participation from horticultural researchers presenting the latest in research. The conference is the country’s longest running woody ornamental research conference, and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. A total of 140 top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country participated in this year’s conference. Sixty titles were submitted for inclusion in the research proceedings publication that will be available later this fall. Dr. Sandra Reed, Atlanta, GA, was recognized by her research colleagues for her outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and the SNA and presented the Porter Henegar Memorial Award during the SNA Research Conference Luncheon on Wednesday, July 23, during which time nine students received cash awards for their presentations in the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition, and the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund awarded a total $18,000 in scholarships to twelve students from across the Southeast.


    More than 100 retailers participated in SNA Day @ AmericasMart Atlanta on Tuesday, July 22. This unique relationship between AmericasMart Atlanta and SNA provides an opportunity for retailers to access over 500 Open Daily Showrooms and The Gardens with an SNA Trade Show Badge to enhance their current product lines and locate new sources. AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace housing the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise.


    The SNA Regional Marketplace opened on Wednesday, July 23 with a General Session featuring Steinhardt on the Economy. While Steinhardt was talking plants at The Southern Plant Conference it was the perfect opportunity to get his insight on the economy and how businesses should position themselves moving forward. The casual interview, hosted by Carol Miller, Group Editor, Meister Media Worldwide and Today’s Garden Center, gave the audience a chance to talk with Mr. Steinhardt up close and personal while he revealed how much he values our industry’s undervalued products. Audience members asked about his view on a wide variety of economic topics, from the stability of the stock market to political gridlock in Washington. He surprised many when he stated his strong viewpoint that the economy is not only healthier than it’s popularly perceived to be, but it will continue to be so in the future.


    SNA 2014 attracted an impressive list of exhibitors and key decision-making buyers, and serious business was conducted during the two-day marketplace. Many exhibitors reported strong interest in their products and writing large orders before noon on the first day of the show. There were numerous new products to see and get excited about. One such product that created a lot of buzz and had people talking was the new SNA Mobile App, developed by Sunrise Marketing using their epunched mobile app coupled with Apple’s new iBeacon™. This cutting-edge technology allowed the SNA Mobile App to interact with beacons to deliver contextual marketing messages, videos, instant coupons and more. For downloading the new SNA Mobile App attendees were rewarded with a free beverage, for checking in at five sponsor booths they could claim a voucher toward lunch and for checking in at all 10 sponsor booths their name was placed in a drawing to win an iPad. SNA 2014 sponsors participating in the program benefited from enhanced visibility on the show floor as well as the opportunity to get a first-hand look at how the epunched system and iBeacon™ technology can work to engage and reward their customers.


    The SNA Stage, located on the show floor, featured action-packed sessions presented by leading industry experts providing attendees a chance to see the most innovative new products, get a better perspective on the state of the economy, and gain new insight on factors impacting their business. Kurt Fromherz, Sunrise Marketing, Hartford, CT, presented his epunched system and Apple’s new iBeacon™ technology. Although designed with retail garden centers in mind, the technology has found diverse applications within the region. Brad Kaiser, Harvest Automation, Billerica, MA, rolled out their first practical, scalable robots for a range of agricultural applications. These robots will enable growers to create a sustainable workforce of robots working safely alongside people to increase efficiency, reliability and plant quality. Other topics on the SNA Stage featured David Ellis, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Projected Housing Growth, and Michael Geary, AmericanHort, on the latest from Capitol Hill.

    Sid Raisch, The Garden Center Group, who lead the search for the most unique and innovative products displayed at the show with potential to be best sellers in the garden center, presented eleven Retailers’ Choice Awards™ on the SNA Stage as follows:


    A.M. Leonard, Piqua, OH – Stainless Steel Soil Knife

    Avant, Elk Grove Village, IL – Avant Articulated Telescoping Multi-Function Loader

    First Editions (Bailey Nurseries), St. Paul, MN – Crimson Fire Fringe Flower

    Sunrise Marketing, Hartford, CT – ePunch Mobile App with iBeacon

    Liquid Fence (United Industries), Blakslee, PA – EcoLogic Weed & Grass Killer

    Good Ideas, Lake City, PA – Impressions Rain Barrel Planter

    Marlboro Bulb Company, Greenwood, SC – Jack’s Giant Elephant Ear

    Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI), Loxley, AL – Lemon Lime Nandina
    Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN – Garden Debut Magic Fountain Weeping Persimmon

    Star Roses (Hackney Nursery Company) Greensboro, FL  Sapphire Indigo Groundcover Clematis

    Zanfel, Clive, IA – Zanfel Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Wash


    In addition to the Retailers’ Choice Awards™ Bracy’s Nursery, Amite, LA, received Best in Show/Green Goods Award and Super Lawn Trucks, Fort Valley, GA, received Best in Show/Allied Products Award.


    The SNA 2014 Educational Sessions, presented by Today’s Garden Center (TGC) and the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) were stocked full of takeaways and proven strategies to benefit growers, landscapers and retailers. Retails sessions included Carol Miller, Editor, Today’s Garden Center, in a 2-Part session, What Consumers Think About Gardening and Your Store [The 10% Project] and 4 Marketing Campaigns You Can Use to Recruit New Customers [The 10% Project], and Kathryn Dager, Profitivity, Inc., Turn Your Team Into a Selling Machine. Landscape sessions featured Dr. Helen Kraus, Rain Gardens to the Rescue!, and Tony Bass, Super Lawn Technologies, Growing from $100,000 to $1,000,000.


    Officers of the Southern Nursery Association who will serve for the 2014 – 2015 year were elected during the 115th SNA Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, July 24. The complete slate of officers is as follows:


    Richard May, President, May Nursery, Havana, FL

    Michael Hobbs, Vice Pres./Treas./Director Chapter 3, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    Dusty Knight, Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    Joseph Napoli, Director Chapter 2, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA

    Norman Cole, III, Director Chapter 1, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV

    Jeff Howell, Immediate Past President, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS


    Sponsors of SNA 2014 included Today’s Garden Center, Georgia Green Industry Association, Empire Turf, Classic Groundcovers, Hackney Nursery Company, Haviland Plastic Products, Martin’s Nursery, Nursery Supplies, R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Plant Development Services, HIP Labels, GreenForest Nursery, Bennett’s Creek Nursery, and Lancaster Farms.


    “The importance of this event to the horticulture industry in the Southeast cannot be overestimated,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “The SNA Regional Marketplace is not just a trade show but a regional ‘event’ that provides the perfect platform to connect the industry across the Southeast. The fusion of The Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, and the regional marketplace is a very positive mix that draws the brightest minds in horticulture together creating a dynamic synergy resulting in a unique hybrid event. Everything is new at SNA… new plants, new products, new techniques, new technology, new trends – the potential is quite enormous,” she added.


    SNA 2015 is scheduled for July 21 - 23 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA. The Southern Plant Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The SNA Research Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The SNA Marketplace will be held on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23. More details of SNA 2015 will be released in the coming weeks.


    The SNA Regional Marketplace is the ultimate platform for networking, learning, launching new products, and cultivating new business relationships. The event is produced by the Southern Nursery Association, a non-profit trade association, and proceeds are invested in the horticulture industry.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association represents the horticulture industry in the Southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.


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  • 08 Jul 2014 6:44 PM | Danny Summers (Administrator)

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from eight southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, July 23, during SNA 2014 in Atlanta. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, will be presented to:


    • Paul C. Bartley, III, Auburn University
    • Jeb S. Fields, Virginia Tech
    • Russell Galanti, Temple University
    • Lauren Marie Garcia, Texas A&M University
    • Lauren Alexandra Gragg, North Carolina State University
    • Judson Stuart LeCompte, Mississippi State University, Awarded the Lee C. Howell Scholarship
    • Robert Michael Nance Virginia Tech, Awarded the Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship
    • Anna Eleen Ribbeck, Louisiana State University, Awarded the Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship
    • David Roberts, North Carolina State University
    • James Franklin Rockwell II, Virginia Tech
    • Kevin Trostel, Middle Tennessee State University      
    • Dillon William Turk, Auburn University, Awarded the Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship


    Scholarship recipients are determined through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry, and financial need. This year’s recipients were chosen from a pool of dozens of well-qualified applicants.


    “Congratulations to this exemplary group of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated determination and a passion for horticulture,” said Danny Summers, Executive Vice President of the fund.


    “These scholarship awards will help lighten their financial load as they pursue their careers and I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as they complete their studies,” he added.


    To date, a total of $455,000 has been awarded since the fund was established. The fund’s current assets are now more than $850,000. Seven named funds have been pledged: the Carolina Weed Science Fund, the Dr. James & Faye Foret Fund, the Richard J. “Dick” Hackney Fund, Sr. Fund, the Lee C. Howell Fund, the Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Fund, the Art & Millie Lancaster Fund, and the Robert L. VanLandingham Fund. The financial support offered by the fund has allowed many students the opportunity to begin or continue to work toward their educational goals.


    Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 corporation providing scholarships to students who are residents of the sixteen southeastern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – pursuing a career in horticulture. The scholarship is dedicated to one of the most honored horticultural leaders, the late Sidney B. Meadows, who was an avid supporter of student scholarships and believed that providing aid for students was an important way to ensure the growth and development of all facets of the industry. The fund derives its income from individual and corporate contributions and is governed by the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund board of directors.


    Applications for 2015 scholarships will be available in early January. Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.


    More information on the 2014 scholarship recipients can be found at www.sbmsef.org. For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund forward your inquiry to PO Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.813.1880, info@sbmsef.org or visit www.sbmsef.org.

  • 20 May 2014 12:28 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    While Michael Steinhardt, coined Wall Street’s greatest trader, financier, investor, newspaper publisher and philanthropist, is talking plants at The Southern Plant Conference we couldn’t miss the opportunity to get his insight on the economy and how to position our businesses moving forward. All SNA 2014 attendees are invited to attend this casual interview, hosted by Carol Miller, Today’s Garden Center, on Wednesday, July 23, 8am – 9am, the opening day of the SNA 2014 Regional Marketplace. 

    The SNA 2014 General Session, sponsored by Today’s Garden Center, is included with an SNA 2014 Name Badge registration. 

    Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
  • 20 May 2014 11:10 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Ellicott City, MD, May 19, 2014 – The Garden Center Group has announced it will host its Retailers’ Choice Awards™ at three leading trade shows this summer: Cultivate’14 in Columbus, OH, SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA, and 2014 Farwest Trade Show in Portland, OR.


    All retailers are invited to participate with The Garden Center Group’s Sid Raisch and Danny Summers to help discover the best new products for retail at each event. Danny Summers, Managing Director of The Garden Center Group said, “It is an exciting experience to join other retailers in this challenge to find the hottest new products. Participants gather together at the opening of each show for instructions before they peruse the show floor individually at their own pace to find and evaluate new products. Later in the afternoon the evaluation group meets to compare and combine notes for award nominations. Participants have the benefit of many perspectives, much more than they could do on their own. Plus, the added bonus of networking with other retailers in the process.”


    Dates for the Retailers’ Choice Awards™ are: Cultivate‘14 – July 13, SNA 2014 – July 23, and Farwest – August 21. For more details on participating in the Retailers’ Choice Awards™ visit each event’s website or email Danny Summers at danny@thegardencentergroup.com.


    The Garden Center Group focuses on business solutions designed to help garden centers increase sales, improve operations and retain more profit. With a support team of leading industry professionals offering business management, financial, marketing, HR services and more. The Group offers retailers innovative resources to maximize their potential to succeed.


    For information about The Garden Center Group and the services it provides visit www.thegardencentergroup.com or call Danny Summers at 404.996.0041.


    For more information on the subject trade shows, see their websites at:


    Cultivate’14       www.americanhort.org/Cultivate

    SNA 2014          www.sna.org

    2014 Farwest    www.farwestshow.com

  • 01 May 2014 2:58 PM | Danny Summers (Administrator)

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is reminding all horticulture students who are residents of the 16 southeastern states, application deadline for 2014 awards is May 30, 2014. The fund is expecting to award as much as $18,000 through $1,500 scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded July 23 during Southern Nursery Association’s SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Complete eligibility requirements and applications are available through the fund’s website at: www.sbmsef.org or by calling the fund office.

     

    Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation providing academic scholarships to students in the sixteen southeastern states. Since its inception, the fund has awarded $419,000 in scholarships and today the Fund’s balance is now over $800,000.

     

    For more information contact the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel 678-813-1880, Fax 678-813-1881, www.sbmsef.org, info@sbsmsef.org.

  • 08 Apr 2014 6:23 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Ronald Joseph "Ron" Kabool, 64, of Awendaw, SC, owner & operator of Lowcountry Nursery Company, died March 30, 2014 at his residence. 


    Mr. Kabool was born October 1, 1949, in Kingsport, TN, a son of Joseph S. Kabool and Hilda Olterman Kabool. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and was a Navy veteran of Vietnam. After serving in the Navy, he became actively involved in horticulture and eventually moved to Charleston where he has resided for the last 30 years. He was formerly a co-owner of Carolina Nurseries and was a co-founder of Acres of Discovery Child Developemnt Center. Mr. Kabool enjoyed fishing, boating, the ocean, and his horses, but most of all, he loved his work as a landscape artist. The family is very appreciative for all of Mr. Kabool's many wonderful friends and devoted employees. They would also like to express their appreciation to Amedisys Hospice for all of their help in his final days. Surviving are, his companion, Tammy J. Roberson of Moncks Corner; two daughters, Shelly West of Goose Creek and Claudia Roberson of Moncks Corner; three sisters, Robin K. Carter, Patty K. Rotenberry, and his twin sister, Connie K. McKinney all of Kingsport, TN; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 


    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society , Moncks Corner Relay For Life , 5900 Core Rd., Ste. 504, Charleston, SC 29406.


    Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.dial-murrayfuneralhome.com.

  • 28 Mar 2014 6:17 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Robert Meyer Hollings, Jr., 63, of Mount Pleasant, died Friday, March 28, 2014. He was the husband of Karen Williams Hollings. Robbie was born in Charleston on November 2, 1950, the son of Mary Fernhout Hollings and Robert Meyer Hollings. He attended Charleston Day School, Porter-Gaud School, and graduated from Clemson University in 1973. Following his graduation, Robbie was a co-owner of Carolina Nurseries, one of the largest commercial nurseries in the eastern United States. In later years, Robbie became an agent for Carolina One Real Estate. 
    He was a member of The Charleston Top Producers' Club, Preservation Society of Charleston, Charleston Horticultural Society, Hibernian Society, South Carolina Society, Charleston Club and a past member of The City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals and The Town of Mount Pleasant Board of Zoning Appeals. 

    Robbie was a master gardener and loved "playing in the dirt." He would start and end each day in the garden that he so carefully and thoughtfully designed. Many referred to him as "Nature Man" and he considered it the utmost compliment. Robbie was passionate about being outdoors in the Lowcountry or in the mountains surrounding his family's home in Highlands, NC. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and traveling. He and his wife, Karen, recently enjoyed a "bucket list" trip of a lifetime on a guided rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with family and several friends. Robbie was known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor. He was a gentleman, a friend, a spirited soul, and devoted father. 

    Of all Robbie's life accomplishments, he was most proud of his children. Robbie loved and embraced their personalities, talents, and unique qualities. He was looking forward to welcoming his first grandchild. 

    Robbie is survived by his wife, Karen Williams Hollings; two children, Robert Meyer Hollings III (Stacey) of Charleston and Emily Hollings Carley (Paul) of Naperville, IL; three step-daughters, Kelly Lesser Espinoza (Joaquin) of Washington, DC, Marianne Lesser of Mount Pleasant, and Katie Lesser of Charleston; brother, Peter F. Hollings (Mary) of Walterboro; two sisters, Julie Hollings Bower of Charleston and Pamela Hollings McConnell (Bright) of McClellanville; uncle, Senator Ernest F. Hollings of Isle of Palms; two aunts, Barbara Hollings Siegling of Charleston and Marie Hollings Epps of Fountain Inn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his "adopted son", Edward Polekhin of Kiev, Ukraine. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charleston Horticultural Society, 46 Windermere Blvd. Charleston, SC, 29407.
  • 03 Feb 2014 9:21 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

    Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to the Alexander Family and Simpson Nurseries


    Last week's winter storm that hit the Southeast unleashed drenching rain, debilitating ice and snow, stranded motorists, and shut down some parts of the area for days. But even worse, there were at least a dozen deaths been blamed on the storm including Donald Alexander of Bainbridge, GA, a 49-yr-old truck driver for Simpson Nurseries of Monticello, FL. Donald was on his way to Mobile, AL to deliver the Simpson Nurseries booth at the Gulf States Horticultural Expo on Tuesday night traveling on I-10 where a multi-vehicle accident occurred on the Blackwater River Bridge in Milton and caused him to loose control of his 18-wheeler and crash into the river.


    Simpson Nurseries has created a memorial fund in honor of Mr. Alexander and to assist his wife and children he leaves behind. Please see the details below.


     


    Hello from a somber Simpson Nurseries,

    We have received a large number of requests for information on where to send donations for our truck driver Donald Alexander that was tragically killed Tuesday night on his way to deliver Samples to the GSHE show.

    We have setup a memorial fund to help Donald’s wife and 2 children.

    Please send donations to:

    Simpson Nurseries Memorial Fund in honor of Donald Alexander
    PO Box 160
    Monticello, FL 32345

    Donald was 49 years old and had been a dedicated employee and always had a great attitude in any job that was asked of him. I think many of you might have met him through the years. He will be missed by all.

    Please keep Donald and his family in your prayers.

    Sincerely,

    The Simpson Nurseries Team
  • 07 Jan 2014 2:54 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The SNA Research Conference has enjoyed over 50 years of success. This success can be attributed to the enthusiastic support of the conference by the nursery industry and university research and extension professionals. 


    An integral part of the conference is the role of Section Editors. These individuals receive initial manuscript submissions to the conference, review them for appropriateness and editorial quality, and coordinate final submissions with authors. To provide continuity in the research conference, Section Editors serve SNA in three-year terms. In addition to providing a needed service to the SNA, being a section editor keeps you abreast of the latest research in your field and provides the opportunity to enhance your professional network. 

     

    We are currently seeking section editors in the topic areas listed below. Please consider serving as an editor. If you would like to volunteer your services, have questions concerning an editor’s role, or questions about the SNA Research Conference, please contact SNA (mail@sna.org) or Nick Gawel (ngawel@tnstate.edu).  

     

    Section Editors are needed for:

     

    Container Grown Plant Production

    Economics and Marketing

    Engineering, Structures and Innovations

    Entomology

    Field Production

    Floriculture

    Growth Regulators 

    Landscape

    Plant Breeding and Evaluation

    Propagation

    Weed Control

    The 59th Annual SNA Research Conference will be held July 22 - 23, 2014 in conjunction with SNA 2014 at the Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, GA. For more details on the conference visit the SNA website at www.sna.org or CLICK HERE.
  • 07 Jan 2014 10:57 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Frances Panter Hobbs
    January 29, 1925 - January 5, 2014

    McMinnville, TN resident and Warren County, TN native Sarah Frances Panter Hobbs, age 88, was born January 29, 1925 and died January 5, 2014 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN following a brief illness.

    Mrs. Hobbs was the co-founder of Warren County Nursery and bookkeeper for 63 years. She was named Tennessee Nurseryman Association's honorary life-time member. She was an avid bowler and member of the Gold and Silver League, and was also named as a Woman of Achievement in 2006. She was a life-time member of the Hebron Church of Christ.

    Mrs. Hobbs was the daughter of the late Art and Alma Clendenon Panter. She was married June 29, 1946 to Leslie Richard Hobbs who preceded her in death July 19, 2003. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Lovisia Harris and Billy Panter.

    She is survived by five children and their spouses, Richard and Kaye Hobbs, Michael and Margaret Hobbs, Phillip and Denny Hobbs, Jeffery and Tina Hobbs, and Elaine and Steve Wade all of McMinnville; fourteen grandchildren and spouses, Ricky Hobbs, Chris and Desiree Hobbs, Brandie and Mike Mansfield, Kristy and Mark Wright, Ashley and Adam Barnes, Jennifer Hobbs, Kyle Hobbs, Jason Hobbs, Derek and Ashley Hobbs, Emily and Davey Britton, Megan and Jon Paz, Travis Hoover, Grant Hoover, and Noah Hoover; ten great-grandchildren, Trey Hobbs and wife Shelby, Chance Hobbs, Mia Hobbs, Carter Mansfield, Lauren Mansfield, Ian Barnes, Elliot Barnes, Natalie Hobbs, Alec Hobbs and Felicity Buttram; great-great-granddaughter, Keleigh Hobbs; sister, Jo Eva Davis of McMinnville; sister-in-law, Willie Mae Carr of Altamont, TN; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

    Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Hebron Church of Christ with Chris Perry and Wayne Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Thursday at High's.

    Memorial donations may be made to Hebron Cemetery Fund, Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association or the American Diabetes Association.
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