Benny Lea Hobden, 71, of Deweyville, passed away at Harbor Hospital of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Friday, Sept. 9.
Services will be held at Dorman Funeral Home Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. John Fortenberry officiating. Burial will immediately follow the funeral services at Deweyville Cemetery.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Dorman Funeral Home Monday, Sept. 12, from 5:00-8:00 PM.
Benny was born April 4, 1945, to the late Baby Ruth (Teal) and Sidney Felix Hobden in Anahuac and was a lifelong resident of the Southeast Texas area. Senior Airman, Benny Hobden (E-4) was an active member of the United States Air Force from 1962 -1966 and served honorably for his country during the Vietnam War as a Rescue Airman, in the 31st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. Throughout his time in the United States Air Force, Benny became decorated with the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award and the Vietnam Service Medal. After stepping down from active military duty, Benny worked in the Pipeline industry until he retired.
Benny was a kind man who never met a stranger. He loved spending time on the river with his friends and was proud to say that he had visited every state in the United States and several countries. Benny was a very talented dancer, who loved dancing to country music. It didn’t matter the sport, Benny could always be found watching and cheering for his Deweyville Pirates on game day. At home, Benny enjoyed writing poetry and was a whiz at crossword puzzles. He was also very passionate about his genealogy work and discovering new things about his family history.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Erickson and her husband, the Rev. D.L. Erickson.
Benny is survived by his daughter, Betty Lee of Deweyville; sister, Emmanell Nugent; brother, Sidney E. Hobden and his wife, June; grandchildren, Haley Villarreal and her husband, Joe and Ryan Lee; great-grandchild, Owen Villarreal and many members of his extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.