Watson Cobb

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Watson B. Cobb
NORFOLK—Watson Barrett Cobb, 100, died Oct. 16, 2008, in his residence.
Mr. Cobb was a native of Ivor, and a resident of Norfolk since 1916.
He was the son of the late Rufus Perry Cobb and Addie Inez Cobb-Whitehurst and was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Fulcher Cobb.
He attended Norfolk City Schools and Old Dominion University and retired from the Virginia Electric and Power Company in 1973 after 43 years of service.
He was a chief warrant officer, U.S. Army Reserve, with 21 years service with 2 1/2 years, active duty in World War II.
He was assistant superintendant of Hope Chapel Mission in the Brambleton section of Norfolk for 25 years along with the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sousa.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church since 1937 where he served as lay reader for 40 years and St. Paul’s first treasurer for six years. He also served several terms as vestryman, taught bible class and church school and was lay reader in charge of services 1957-59 when the church was without a rector.
He was a former employee of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., for 8 and 1/2 years.
During his retirement he worked as a volunteer with American Red Cross Blood Services, Seamen’s Friend Society, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, president of Chapter 2165, AARP and Norfolk Mobile Meals.
Survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth J. Frazier and husband Ken of St. Augustine, Fla.; his son, Buck Cobb and wife Karen of Gloucester; four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great- granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk.
Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery at 1:15 p.m. The Rev. F. Scott Hennessy will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Society of Virginia, Richmond or the charity of the donor’s choice.
H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel, is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com.