Betty Jean Smith Hobbs

Betty Jean Smith Hobbs

Suffolk , VA
07.21.1932 - 07.09.2019

Betty Jean Smith Hobbs, 86, went to be with her Lord Jesus on July 9, 2019. She was born in Nansemond Co. and was the daughter of the late Nellie Mae Eure Smith Byrd and Hersey Underwood Smith.  She was predeceased by her husband James Ralph Hobbs, and sister Peggy S. Gayle

Betty Jean graduated from Suffolk High School. She had a great passion for genealogy, researching and publishing books on the Hobbs, Powell, Eure, Oliver, and Riddick families.

She is survived by her children Barry Hobbs and wife Debbie of Suffolk, Paula Gray and husband Mike of Suffolk, and Julie Greene and husband David of Smithfield; grandchildren Brent Hobbs and wife Sarah of Virginia Beach, Beth Hamilton and husband Nick of Suffolk, Jason Gray of Gloucester, VA, Jeremiah Gray and wife Jennie of Suffolk, Ellie Holland and husband Bryan of Suffolk, Joshua Gray and wife Julie of Suffolk, and Jesse Greene of Smithfield, VA; great grand children Thomas Hobbs, Aaron Hobbs, Theo Hamilton, Jacob Gray, Jaxon Gray, Jayden Gray, Bryce Holland, Grayson Holland, and Harper Gray.

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2 PM at Bethlehem Christian Church, 1549 Holland Road, Suffolk VA by Rev. Matt Winters with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the burial in the reception hall. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA 23434 is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at

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Bethlehem Christian Church
1549 Holland Road,
Suffolk , VA 23434
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Barry and Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss...I understand what it means to lose a parent(s). Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all..praying for God's strength and peace!

Holly Anderson

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Ms. Hobbs briefly when I worked for a short time every other weekend at the nursing home. I remember her smile, when she would get upset with some of the clapping, and how she lit up when her family came to see her and she would go get ice cream. May God keep you all close to his heart at this time, and know that she is no longer in pain and is walking around with Jesus now. I can not wait to see her again.

Renee C Jones

Barry, Paula, Julie and family. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. I know what it's like to loose a mother. I will always remember the fun times we had as children and how close Betty Jean, Peggy and Mom were. I'm sure they are back together now.

Joey Stone

My love to you and the family during the home going of your mom. My prayers are with you for your strength.

Love Lorrie

Lorrie Triplett

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Hobbs. I will always remember her sweet smile and kind spirit from our days at Oakland. She was a good friend to my Mom as well. May you have peace in the knowledge that she is with the Lord.

Sheila Morris

Sheila Powell Morris

Barry, Paula, Julie, and family

Our deepest of sympathy to you all in the loss of your mother, she will be remembered by many as a beautiful and gracious lady. May her love for you all continue to live inside each of you.

We regret that we will be out of town for the service and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Kent and Carolyn Gwaltney

Barry, Paula and Julie - I am so sorry of your Mom's passing. Aunt BeBe will always have a special place in my heart for the kind person she was. I know she and Mom are up there catching up on their daily phone conversations they missed over the past few years.

Scott Gayle

Julie, I really enjoyed the times I spent with your Mom when I visited my uncle in the nursing home!!! She recognized me ever time and said my name, or something close to my name, most of the time. She would always say, “You are Julie’s friend!” Her eyes would light up and she would get the biggest smile on her face!!! I really enjoyed talking with her and watching her win the Bingo games!!! I’m praying for you and your family during his time of loss!!! Love in Christ, Lanita Fuller🙏🏻✝️❤️

Lanita Fuller

I met your Mom through my Dad, Robert Eure and have a book she did on the Eure family. Such a lovely lady. I provided some information to her and she gave me a copy when it was through. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Pam Eure Geiss

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