Knobby died at his home in Bay City, Texas, June 6, 2003; he was 83.
A lifelong resident of Bay City and Matagorda County, he prepped at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia before entering Princeton. Knobby graduated cum laude in 1943 with a degree in economics.
During WWII, he served with distinction in the Philippines and Solomon Islands as an artillery captain.
Returning to Matagorda County in 1946, Knobby was actively engaged in ranching, farming, and banking for the remainder of his life. He also was active in civic affairs, including a two-term presidency of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Frank Hawkins Jr. and James Neely; two daughters, Janet Peden and Meta Hausser; two grandsons; and a sister, Margaret Furse. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Florence Neely.
To the entire family, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
The Class of 1943