Obituary: Robert Fulton Cobb


Robert Fulton Cobb, a cherished soul known affectionately as Robert, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2024, in Paris, TX. Born in Cullman, AL, on May 12, 1942, to loving parents Fulton Woodrow and Zula (Ellinburg) Cobb, Robert grew up to be a man marked by his humor, kindness, and an unwavering dedication to family and community.

A graduate of the Hanceville High School class of 1960, Robert proudly served in the United States Air Force, a career that honed his discipline and his love for the skies. On August 26, 1978, he married his cherished partner, Vanessa, and together they navigated the journey of life with love and companionship. He enlisted in the Air Force as an aircraft maintenance specialist and received an honorable Discharge in February 1965 as Airman First Class.

 After re-enlisted he received another Honorable Discharge in February 1969 as a Staff Sergeant. Robert worked at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City after his Air Force journey and then later worked for FAA when he retired from Government service after many years. In his professional life, he was known for his skillful hands and entrepreneurial spirit, particularly through his work at his small engine repair shop in Tuttle, OK and later C&W Lawn Equipment with small engine repair in Hugo, OK. He and Vanessa moved to Hugo, OK, in 2010, where they became an integral part of the community.

Robert’s spirit was most alive while serving at the First Baptist Church, where his outgoing nature shone brightly. He was a deacon, facilitator at men’s prayer breakfast for many years and was the substitute Sunday School teacher for his adult class.

He was a man who never met a stranger, greeting each day and every person he encountered with a humor and warmth that were uniquely his. Because of the love for animals, Robert and Vanessa rescued many animals including their last beloved dog, Lady Buckles, being a testament to this affection.

Left to honor Robert’s memory is his son, Robert Wayne Cobb of Washington DC; his grandson, Dominic Cobb of Germany; and his loving sisters, Dorcas Fitzgerald of Warren, OH, Debbie Martin of Birmingham, AL, and sister-in-law, Brenda O’Neill, and husband Robert O’Neil, of Hugo. He will also be fondly remembered by numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews including, Dustin O’Neill and wife Lisa, and their daughter Bailee, of Hugo, OK, Justin O’Neill and wife Amy, and their daughter, Tanna, of Hugo, OK, and a host of other relatives and friends, including his special cousin, Charles Cobb of Cullman, AL.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to caregivers Susie Q, Abbie, Foxy Roxie, and Ramondo for their tender care in Robert’s final days.

A service to celebrate Robert’s life was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2024, at Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Chapel, with Pastor Doug McClure and Dr. Danny Mills officiating. Robert’s memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of all who knew him as his legacy continues to inspire love and fellowship in the community he adored.