Judge Howell Cobb, Jr.

Male 1922 - 2005  (82 years)

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  • Name Howell Cobb 
    Title Judge 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 7 Dec 1922 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Sep 2005 
    • From funeral notice:

      Judge Howell Cobb
      December 7, 1922 - September 16, 2005

      The Honorable Howell Cobb, Senior Judge of the Eastern District of Texas, died in Castine, Maine, Friday, September 16, 2005. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 P. M. Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at Broussard?s Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin, in Beaumont, Texas. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 22, 2005, at St. Mark?s Episcopal Church, the Rev. A. Dean Calcote officiating. The committal will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.

      Judge Cobb was born December 7, 1922, to lawyer and state circuit judge Howell Cobb and his wife, Dorothy Hart Cobb, in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly thereafter, the family returned to their home in Athens, Georgia. In 1925, the family moved to Albany, Georgia, where Cobb attended Albany public schools. In 1934, the family moved to Lake Burton, Georgia, where he was home-schooled by his mother. From 1935 to 1940, he attended Darlington School in Rome, Georgia; Western High School in Washington, D. C.; and Albany High School, graduating in the spring of 1940. From 1940 to 1942, he attended St. John?s College at Annapolis, Maryland.

      On Cobb?s nineteenth birthday, December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. In March of 1942, he volunteered as a Naval Cadet, hoping to become a fighter pilot, and in April of 1943, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

      On December 16, 1943, he married Laetitia Torrance Chalmers. In December of 1944, he was deployed to the South Pacific Theater as a fighter/bomber pilot, stationed on Eniwetok, Majuro, Guam, and the Palau Islands.

      In the fall of 1945 Cobb worked as a temporary teacher at Albany Junior High School, and in January of 1946, he entered undergraduate school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In June of that year, he was accepted into the University of Virginia Law School, graduating with an LL.B. in June of 1948, and thereafter attended the University of Texas Law School to prepare for the Texas Bar Examination. He began his legal career in Houston, Texas, with the law firms of Kelly & Ryan and later, Fountain, Cox, & Gaines. In 1954 he was hired by the firm of Orgain, Bell, & Tucker in Beaumont, becoming a partner in 1956.

      Cobb?s wife, Torrance, died in September of 1963. On July 3, 1965, he married Amelie Suberbielle, and the couple subsequently became active in the Republican Party, becoming friends with Texas Senator John Tower, who recommended Cobb to President Ronald Reagan. On April 4, 1985, Reagan appointed Cobb a United States District Judge. He served for twenty years, assuming senior status as a sitting judge in March of 2001. Judge Cobb?s son, artist John Lamar Cobb, painted his official portrait, which hangs in his courtroom.

      Judge Cobb was a descendant of an illustrious Georgia family; his great-grandfather, Howell Cobb, served as Governor of Georgia, Representative to the United States Congress from Georgia, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives, and Secretary of the Treasury under President James Buchanan. He was also a leading candidate for the presidency of the Confederate States of America and led Cobb?s Legion as a Major General during the War Between the States. His grandfather, Andrew Jackson Cobb, served as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court as well as a Trustee of the University of Georgia.

      Judge Cobb was a member of Kappa Alpha Order (Beta Mu, 1941), and on January 23, 1998, was inducted into the fraternity?s Walsh Court of Honor. He inherited from his father a strict sense of legal ethics and a sharp wit, and was known in the legal and judicial fields and among his friends for his acute judgment, keen intellect, broad education, and wide knowledge of the law. His daughter Caroline Cobb Ervin remembers that he always told his children, ?Your inheritance from me will be a good name, a code of honor, a fine education, and a few warm memories.?

      Judge Cobb is survived by his wife, Amelie Suberbielle Cobb; his six children and their spouses, Catherine Cobb Cook and her husband, David; Howell ?Chip? Cobb III and his wife, Bonnie; Mary Ann Cobb Walton and her husband, Ray; Caroline Cobb Ervin and her husband, Jimmy; Thomas Hart Cobb and his fiancée, Farrah Smith; and John Lamar Cobb and his wife, Monica. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Andrew, Martha, and Matthew Cook; Nicole, Natalie, James, Torrance, Travis, and Thomas Cobb; Ben, Elizabeth, Adam, Nathan, Christopher, Matthew, and Sarah Grace Walton; Elizabeth, William, and Emily Ervin; Austin Gonsoulin; Olivia Cobb; and finally, Howell Campbell Cobb (en route); and by his extended family. Also very close to him were his assistant for over forty years, Dru Ann Wiley, and longtime special family friend Adlene Reed.
    Person ID I2593  Hull
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2015 

    Father Howell Cobb 
    Mother Dorothy Hart 
    Family ID F925  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Laetitia Torrance Chalmers,   d. 15 Sep 1963 
    Married 16 Dec 1943 
    +1. Catherine Louise Cobb,   b. 22 Oct 1951
    +2. Howell Cobb, III,   b. 26 Aug 1954,   d. 7 Sep 2014  (Age 60 years)
    +3. Mary Ann Cobb,   b. 2 Apr 1957
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F926  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Amelie Suberbielle 
     1. Caroline Cobb,   b. 18 May 1966
     2. Thomas Hart Cobb,   b. 23 Nov 1968
     3. John Lamar Cobb,   b. 16 Sep 1972
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F929  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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