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.

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