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Stella Marie (Rhyne) Hobdy

March 30, 1919 ~ November 3, 2022 (age 103)
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Stella Marie Rhyne Hobdy of Hayneville (Trickem), Alabama passed away peacefully, into eternal life on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at the age of 103 at Clay County Nursing Home, Ashland, Alabama. She lived a long and wonderful 103 years, seven months and four days.

She was born March 30, 1919 in Benton, Alabama to Brady and Laura Marie Farrar Rhyne. She was the oldest and last surviving of their four children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Henry Harold Hobdy; siblings, Julia Rhyne (DeForest) Nolen, Beulah Rhyne (Tom) Carswell, brother-in-law, (Beulah’s first husband), Mike Simmons and Carroll “Hoffman” (Mary Thomas) Rhyne and Ronald Griffith, son-in-law.

She loved God, the church, her family, her friends (everyone), her work and living in the country. She was an unconditional loving, loyal and devoted wife and mother; a faithful follower of Jesus, her Savior; beloved member of Benton Baptist Church and a career elementary school teacher for 25 years, most of which were at Montgomery Public Schools. She especially loved all the wonderful years at Catoma Elementary School, Montgomery, Alabama where for several years she taught 4th grade. She was a long-time member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), Selma, AL chapter. She was a “pink lady” for many years with the Auxillary at Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma. She enjoyed being a cattle woman at the Lowndes County homeplace in Trickem, AL. She loved all and will forever be missed, but thankfully, this is not the end of the story. We will be together again soon, as believers and followers of Jesus Christ and will really live eternally.

She is survived by her six children, Harrell Henry (Johnie, who followed her home to heaven the very next day) Hobdy of Prairieville, Louisiana, Carol Hobdy Griffith of Pelham, Alabama, Wayne R. Hobdy of Seabrook, Texas, Edmund “Mack” (Brenda) Hobdy of Trickem, Alabama, William “Brady” (Nina) Hobdy of Ashland, Alabama and Stella H. (Hearold) Beggs of Valley Grande, Alabama; grandchildren, Jonathan Harrell Henry (Cherish) Hobdy, Darryl Hammond (Theresa) Hobdy, Stella Johnell (Louis) Begin, Reid (Amanda) Hobdy, Joy Griffith, Marie Hobdy (Mark) Brown, Hannah Hobdy Carroll, Ruth Hobdy (Gus) Entremont, Sarah Hobdy, Jennifer Hope Hobdy(Shawn) Farnsworth, Georgia April Hobdy (Nathan) Jackson, Bonnie Marie Hobdy (Mark) Minton and Chloe Nolen Hobdy (Matt) Livaudais.

Great-grandchildren, Anne Elizabeth Hobdy, Emma Aileen Hobdy, Sarah Claire Hobdy (Troy) Grandstaff, Harrison Henry Hobdy, Amanda Nichole Hobdy, Alex Jacob (Alicia) Hobdy, Alyssa Michelle Hobdy, Danielle Emory Kelley, Sadie Michelle Kelley, Cayce Abbeygayle Kelley, Cameron Allen Kelley, Austin Nicholas Begin, Alison Nicole Begin, Jonathan Dean Hobdy, Brycen Wayne Brown, Haley Morgan Brown, Ethan Michael Brown, Frances “Tre” Carroll, Olivia Josephine Carroll, Ellie Susannah Carroll, Addison Elyse Entremont, Aubrey Grace Entremont, Reagan Nicole Hobdy, Lyndon Jeremiah Hobdy, Kenedy Ann Hobdy, Kendal Faith Hobdy, Caroline Grace Melton, John Tucker Melton, Audrey Faith Melton, Carter Lee McKenzie Jackson, Brianna Kate Jackson, Ruth Helen Brasseal, Micah Eliott Minton and Greyson William Livaudais and numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Benton Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Tate officiating, special prayer by Rev. Ellwood Sims and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home of Selma directing. The family will remain at the graveside for a short time following the service for visitation.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Benton Baptist Church, Benton Methodist Church, Good Hope Presbyterian Church and all of the staff “angels” of Clay County Nursing Home that cared for their dear mother since August 4, 2021; SouthernCare Hospice in her final days and also her caregivers when she was still at the home place.

Flowers will be accepted or you may consider memorial donations to Benton Baptist Church; 288 Calhoun Street, Benton, Alabama 36785


Graveside Service
November 9, 2022

2:00 PM
Benton Baptist Church
323 Washington Street
Benton, AL 36785

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Stella Hobdy

March 30, 1919-November 3, 2022

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