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George Calvin Dobbs Jr., Gainesville businessman, dies at 83

POSTED: September 23, 2013 12:14 a.m.

Area businessman George Calvin Dobbs Jr. died Thursday. He was 83.

The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Gainesville

Dobbs was a longtime resident of Gainesville, and was a partner in the Turner Dobbs Agency, an insurance company.

He was a graduate of Gainesville High School, and played football for the University of Georgia from 1948-1951.

He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

“He overcame a lot in his life,” said the Rev. Bruce Fields, associate pastor-pastoral care of First Baptist Church. Fields is officiating the memorial service.

Dobbs was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, committing himself to his faith while in high school, according to Fields.

“He was active in the Anglers Sunday school class,” Fields said. “That was his home, so to speak.”

Fields said Dobbs served as a deacon for the church, and helped anyone he could.

“George was extremely giving in his time and helping the needs of others,” Fields said. “He was strong in his faith and committed to the Bible.

“He lived a very faithful and productive life.”

Fields also said Dobbs and his wife, Mary, were very committed to many ministry programs within the church.

Dobbs served as president of the American Society of CLU, Georgia Association of Life Underwriters and METRO Kiwanis.

Dobbs also served as chairman on the Salvation Army Board and served on the advisory board in Young Life.

“Through his career in business and in insurance, he was well-respected,” Fields said. “He had a wonderful sense of humor.

“He was very strong in his beliefs. He was an encourager.”


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