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Roy Houston Hobbs, 89, of Wilmington, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016, at home.

He was born May 10, 1927, in Wilmington, N.C., the son of the late Roy Franklin Hobbs and Daisy Etta Bradshaw Hobbs.

Mr. Hobbs learned to fly at the Carolina Beach Air Strip before serving his country honorably in the 508th Parachute Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was in the first class of Wilmington College when classes were held at New Hanover High School.

Mr. Hobbs went to work for Piedmont Airlines as an aircraft mechanic and later retired as a captain after flying 32 years with the airline.

He formerly was an elder of Little Chapel On The Boardwalk at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and more recently was a member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church.

He was a 32nd degree mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Civitan Club, QB, and Cape Fear Country Club.

Being an avid sailor, he was past commodore of the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Racing Association, the Carolina Yacht Club and the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Grace Gurganious Hobbs; his brother, James Franklin Hobbs; and his sister, Hazel Virginia Herring.

He leaves behind his wife since 2007, Merle Pittman Murray Hobbs; two daughters, Melodee Hobbs Wynne (Jim) of Teachey, N.C., and Leigh Hobbs Murray (Brad) of Wilmington, N.C.; and one granddaughter, Olivia Grace Murray.

Friends are welcome to visit the family at 2620 Mayfair Drive, Wilmington, N.C.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church.