Neal Cobb

Born: Tue., Sep. 29, 1925
Died: Wed., Dec. 7, 2011


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 09, 2011
Location: Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Dec. 10, 2011
Location: Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home

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Neal Cobb

Neal Cobb, age 86 of Baker, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at his home.  He was born on September 29, 1925, and has lived his entire life on that same hill.  Neal graduated from Baker High School and went on to serve in the United States Navy.  In 1942 at age 17 Neal won the Pensacola Boxing Championship.   He also played in the Florida-Alabama Baseball League for 10 years and in 1954 won the National Batting Championship with a batting average of .432.  Neal worked for the Okaloosa County School system for 30 years as the Director of Transportation and was a lifelong civil servant.  Neal was an avid sportsman and quail hunting was his passion.  “When he was your friend, he was your friend walking or riding.”
He was preceded in death by his parents Howell and Francis Cobb, daughter Melodia Cobb Paige, sisters Nellie Stair and Susan Livingston, Brother Jackie Cobb.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nelda G. Cobb, daughter Joan Cobb Barrow, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jeffery Barrow and Kathy, and their children Jason and Jeremy, Jami Barrow and wife Angie, their children: Jami Jr., Dustin, Katie, Travis, Joshua, and LilyJoy, Joey Barrow and wife Tina, their children: Joshua, Matt, and Robin, Jennifer Barrow-Ashworth and her husband Rodney and their son Garrett, and Daniel Neal Paige.  Also surviving are his brother James Howell “Pete” Cobb and wife Mary, Brother in law John Stair, sister in law Betty G. Adams, and several nieces and nephews.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Covenant Hospice and nurses Kathy and Marie, and the caregivers Sheri, Theresa, Lisa, Ashley, and Rochelle.
A time of visitation with the family will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011, at Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.  The funeral service for Neal will be on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home with Reverend Raymond Williams officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview.  Guest book and condolences are available online at

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Rodney Crawford and family
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
We are saddened at the lost of such a wonderful man.Suffering is over friend. Rest in peace.
with love Rodney Crawford and Family.

Sonia Quezada
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Delores Hardin
   Posted Sat December 10, 2011
Peace be with you my faithful friend. I will always appreciate the things that you did for me. Dear Nelda and children: My sympathy and wishes go with you on your loss. We have all lost a good friend. May peace be with you all of you and your children and grandchildren. Delores Hardin

mary buckley
   Posted Sat December 10, 2011
i am saddened at the lost of your dad joan , mrs cobb and the boys he was a wonderful man .he will be sadley missed ..RIP MR COBB .my prayers go out to you and the family all of you .....mary buckley

Jerry Buckman
   Posted Sun December 11, 2011
Mr. Cobb hired me as a bus driver back in 1984. He liked me and I liked and respected him. He even introduced me to his niece! He once told me one of the best things you can do for someone is give them a job. He was a good man. Peace to the family and friends!