Charles Hobby Stripling, age 90, of 401 East Woodward Street, Vienna, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3, 2023, at his home with his beloved wife, Ann by his side.
Hobby was born on August 30, 1932 to the late Jodie Lee Stripling and Maggie Thelma Hobby Stripling in Turner County. After graduating from Cordele High School in 1948 at the age of 16 years old, Hobby held various jobs until he returned to Vienna in 1962 to open the Vienna Red & White Super Market with James and Elsi Pass and later opened the first convenience store in Vienna, Zippy Food Store.
In 1948, he married Joanne Duncan. They were married for 58 years until her passing in 2006 and were parents to 2 sons, Charles Hobby Stripling, Jr. and Robby Stripling.
In 2011, he married Ann Gambrell. They were married for twelve wonderful years and created a newly blended family to include Tonya Thompson (Andy) of Vienna, Torri Zeigler (Rob) of Austin, TX, Greg Gambrell of Clarksville, TN and 7 grandchildren.
Hobby was very proud of his family and was always known for helping others. Anyone knew they could simply knock on his door and find a generous man. He took great pride in and was very active in his community and political career throughout his life in order to ensure a positive change for his neighbors, friends, and family. His service included 24 years as Mayor of Vienna, serving as President of the Georgia Municipal Association in 1980. In 1990, he served as the Campaign Manager of former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young’s gubernatorial bid. He served 10 years as the 2nd Congressional District Director for U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop and 7 years as the 8th Congressional District Director for U.S Congressman Jim Marshall. In 2008 he was appointed State Director of the US Department of Agriculture by President Barack Obama. .
Wife: Ann Stripling of Vienna
Hobby Stripling (Donna) of Cordele
Robby Stripling (Susan) of Cordele
Anita Gleason (Clarence) of Cordele
Eudora Tyson (Billy) of Oklahoma City, OK
Joelyn Cook (George) of Cordele
Grandchildren: Tripp Stripling (Ronda) of Douglas, Holly Hofnagel (Christine) of Media, PA, Lynn Stripling (Miranda) of Americus, Corbin Stripling (Allisa) of Rockhill, SC, Cody Stripling (Haley) of Kathleen, Joni Napier (Shane) of Cordele and Jenna Rhodes (Shane) of Pitts
Great Grandchildren: 17
He is also survived by his beloved cat, Whitey.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Elizabeth Lucas (Ray) and his brother Bennie Stripling (Iola).
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday, July 7 in Vienna United Methodist Church with interment following in Vienna City Cemetery.
The family will greet friends 5 - 7 PM Thursday, July 6 at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be made to Vienna United Methodist Church, 205 North Sixth Sixth Street, Vienna, Georgia 31092.
The family would like to send great thanks and love for the time, compassion, and love that was shown to Hobby by Ashlee Wood and Leanne Hancock of Reflections Hospice, Ethel Harris, and FD Lofton.
Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home of Vienna has charge of arrangements.