On Friday, November 18, 2016, The Fraternal Order of the Eagles lost their most loyal member. Donnie Hobbs passed away among dear friends after a battle with cancer. He would have been 70 on November 20.
When Donnie loved something, he loved it with his whole heart. He loved The Eagles, poker, pool, The Golden Gloves, his family and life-long buddies. Most of all, he loved dogs. Benny, Lil' Girl, Mason, Miles, and many others were loyal companions throughout his life. In fact, any stray (person or pup) that found their way into his path had a home with "Sweet Don." He would give you his last dime, and ask for nothing in return. To know him was to love him. Even the nursing staff on 4Montvue in Park West became family.
Donnie was a great story teller (second only to Swanner.) This was mostly because he created chaos wherever he went. Riding motorcycles in school hallways, climbing radio towers on Sharp's Ridge, fighting for anyone who couldn't defend themselves, or getting lost in the woods. He attended… well… every high school in Knoxville. His favorites were East High School and Fulton High School.
He leaves behind his mother, Elizabeth Foley Hobbs; his soulmate, Jude Wilson; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth and Bobby Fox; and his awesome grandson, William Hunter Fox. His loving cousin, Diana Brewer Bishop and great friends (brothers) are more in number than we could possibly mention here. Oh the memories! He is preceded in death by his father, William Edward Hobbs.
In keeping with his giving heart, in lieu of flowers, he asked that memorials be sent to: "Ace" Miller Golden Gloves Charities, 3535 Kenilworth Lane, Knoxville, TN 37914. Donnie, "The Cowboy" and Ace are working with fighters in Heaven today, and would sure appreciate us supporting the next great ones.
The family will receive friends at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway, on Tuesday, November 22 from 5-7 pm. A "Celebration of Sweet Don" Party will follow in December.
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