Edna A. Hobbs was born on February 17, 1913 and went home to be with the Lord on February 17, 2016 on her 103rd birthday. Edna always said she was going to live to be 100 and God granted her an extra three years. Edna was born on the family farm near Tanglewood in Hardin County, the sixth of ten children to Charles and Nora Austin.
Spending most of her early life in and around Cave In Rock, she married Bernard “Hoover” Hobbs on December 6, 1938, a marriage that lasted over 50 years. They moved to Detroit, Michigan during World War II, where both were employed in a munitions factory. It was in Detroit where their son, Roger, was born. After the war, they moved to Mill Shoals, where they owned and operated a restaurant for almost seven years. After moving to Chicago where Hoover attended electrical school, they moved back to Detroit and four years later, they moved back to Edna’s old home place near Cave In Rock.
Edna accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and continued to serve the Lord faithfully at Mt. Zion General Baptist Church where she sang in a quartet that traveled and performed at different churches in the area. Edna held a variety of jobs in the area, working at different stores, cooking at  the school and owning and operating the Kountry Kitchen, a little restaurant just north of Cave In Rock, where home-cooked meals and freshly baked pies were always the staple. After closing the restaurant, she began working for the Green Thumb program, eventually attaining the title of supervisor.
After the death of her husband in 1989, she moved to Norris City to be near her son and continued to work; this time, at the Salvation Army in Eldorado. But, it wasn’t home and she moved back to Cave In Rock in the housing units, where she suffered a stroke. After extensive rehab and therapy, it was quite evident that she could not stay by herself and the Rosiclare Healthcare Center became her home for the last fifteen years of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers; Clifford, Arthur, Ewell, Paris, Hank and Hansel; two sisters, Mabel and Cleo; and one great-grandson Cameron McKoy. She leaves to mourn her passing, her son Roger (Vickie) of Norris City, IL; three grandchildren, Heather (Eric) Vandiver of Shreveport, La., Lincoln (Whitney) Hobbs of Norris City, IL., and Holly (DeWayne) Mckoy of Benton, La.; seven great-grandchildren; Jaxon, Skyler and Blaze Vandiver, Malory and Mason Hobbs and Savannah and Trevor McKoy; one sister Loree Colver of Geneva, IL. along with several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at the Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave In Rock on February 19, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Services were held at the Mt. Zion General Baptist Church on February 20 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Roger Hobbs officiating, and internment at the Mt. Zion cemetery next to her husband. Pall bearers were Lincoln Hobbs, Eric Vandiver, DeWayne McKoy, Arthur Austin Jr., Blake Austin and Dan Smith.