Passed away May 23, 2010 at Brookside, in Hospice care. Born May 8, 1930 in Holden, West Virginia to Richard and Lou Emma Stacey Hobbs. Clarence, better known as Poppy to the family, and the Junkman to the rest of the world, attended high school in Logan W. Va. Medical conditions that started before birth kept Clarence from the military but never slowed him down in civilian life. He grew up on a small farm with nine other siblings, during the depression, where times were hard and food was scarce. Winter meals were sometimes nothing more than gathered acorns roasted over a coal fire. These times made Clarence appreciate life and all he could extract from it. Survival instincts and an amazing ability to read body language, he learned to ‘wheel and deal’ at an early age. By the time he was sixteen he owned an automobile and was providing rides to friends, of course for a fee. His father taught him concrete and block work. Arriving in Palm Harbor in 1948, he started his own concrete business eventually laying the blocks for most of the homes in Forrest Hills and Holiday Lake Estates. He was proud to be a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Just listen you can almost hear it now, Breaker 19 for the Junkman, “this is J.R. Pork’nBeans, what can I do your for? Poppy was known for his straw cowboy hat, his dancing the night away, and for speaking ‘Hillbilly’. Work time was “Early Thirty”. If you were late, you were “Burning Daylight”. If you were slacking off, you were told, “Don’t just stand there with your teeth in your pocket”. Or, you may often be greeted with, “morn’n glory lets go for breakfast, I ain’t ‘et in three days”. Or, there’s a Waffle House ‘up the road’, let’s get some pie.
He could turn almost anything into cash. Trading for a few cars he opened up, Hobbs Used Cars. Buying vegetables at the road side stand he opened up, Hobbs Fruit and Vegetables. When there were too many trade-ins for the car lot he opened up Hobbs Metals and Recycling. If there’s a deal to be made in Heaven, Saint’s beware, because you know he is going to be in the middle of it somewhere.
Preceded in death by, his daughter Brandi Dodson. Survived by, June Mayberry Hobbs, Carlene Hobbs Batman, Brothers Richard Ray (Ruby) Hobbs, Simon M (Judy) Hobbs, Sisters, Florence Marie (Franklin) McInnis, Roxie Lee (Buron) Revels, Virginia Lorraine (Timothy) Skinner, Sons Clarence D. (Claudia) Hobbs, Sr., Charles Edward (Kathaleen) Hobbs, Carl Rasmussem Hobbs, Son in law, Michael J. Dodson, Grandchildren, Melony Ryan, Steven, Tera, Hanna, Molly, Carl, Jr., Sean, Brandon, Madalynn, Isabella, Gr. Grand Children, Ryder, Sylina, Jovanni. The family will receive friends for a memorial service and to exchange unbelievable but true stories, Saturday May 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church in Holiday.