Mr. Hobson was raised in Farmington, Kentucky by family members after losing his father at 5 years old. In Kentucky, he met and married his wife of 52 years, Beverly Looper Hobson, while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. After working for the USDA for several years, Jim moved on to the New England Apple Products (Veryfine), a privately owned company in Little, Massachusetts. His astute leadership, beginning as Plant Manager and moving to Vice President of Operations, grew the company from a $1.2 million to over $230 million in sales, becoming the largest distributor of 10 oz fruit juices in the country, beating out industry giants like Tropicana, Ocean Spray and Motts. His love of horses and the country life eventually brought him to retirement in our beautiful city of Ocala, the Horse Capital of the World.
We are honored that Mr. Hobson requested that contributions be made to MTRA in his memory and have set up a fund to facilitate his wishes. It is our hope that many individuals will benefit from our services thanks to Mr. Hobson’s thoughtful direction.
James Byron Hobson Memorial Fund
James Byron Hobson, age 81, of Ocala, FL passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 surrounded by his children. He was born in St Louis, MO on June 10, 1934.
Jim and Beverly retired to Ocala, FL and built a house at the Country Club of Ocala, where they would spend the rest of their lives. Jim loved the rolling hills of Ocala, with all its horse farms, which served as a reminder of his upbringing in Kentucky. While Chronic Fatigue Syndrome would contribute to multiple ailments in his life, it could never dull his indelible spirit. He enjoyed golfing, sailing, fishing, and dining out with friends. Jim was known for his intellect, quick wit, and humor, and could be found often entertaining and laughing with friends on his lanai. He was a devout Christian, and spent much of his time helping others.
He is survived by his son Byron and his wife Alicia Hobson of Millsboro, DE (formerly of Boston), daughter Melody Sneden of Dunstable, MA and 2 grandchildren Nicholas and Joshua Sneden and a sister Cindy Zaukas of Kingswood, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Beverly Looper Hobson.
In Lieu of flowers, it was Jim’s wish that memorial contributions may be made to Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, so we have established this donation page to honor his request. Thank you to everyone who contributes, your donations will insure that MTRA continues their work here in Ocala for years to come.