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Betty Jean Smith Hobbs

July 21, 1932 — July 9, 2019

Betty Jean Smith Hobbs

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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Saturday, July 13, 2019

2:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)

Bethlehem Christian Church

1549 Holland Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434

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