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On the morning of Thursday, September 30th, 2010, Harry L. Mobley, Sr. passed away in the loving care of his wife after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer.
He died at his home of 46 years, 2395 Brown Lane, in Florissant, Missouri. This was made possible through the BJC Hospice program.
He had waived all medical treatment, and decided to finish his days being with people he loved and doing those of his favorite things of which he was still capable; which included watching old westerns on TV, playing games like Yahtzee at the table with Mom, and his usual wisecracks.
If he was in pain, he never let it show, and handled the end of his life the same way that he lived - at his own speed and on his own terms. After making sure that his final accomodations were set up and that his family was prepared, he simply stopped breathing.
His final words were, " I had almost forgotten. Life is so simple."
Harry was born to Hugh Lafayette Mobley, and Zella Marie Myers Mobley Kurtz in their home in Greenwood , Mississippi on the bank of the Yazoo River.
After graduating Greenwood High School in 1952, he joined the US Army and served in a Signal Battalion from 1954 to 1956.
He worked for WABG Radio, Supreme Electronics, and Greenwood Utilities before moving his family to Florissant in 1963 and going to work for McDonnell Aircraft (now Boeing). He retired in 1995 after 33 years.
Harry loved spending time with his family, attending church, going to bluegrass music festivals, and trips to the beach.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sarah Katherine Lee Mobley, and his children; Harry Jr., and Terry of Alton, Illinois, Gary Keith of Florissant, Kathy Lynn Mobley of Kirksville, Missouri, and Leslie Karen Mobley, of Shalimar, Florida.
He also leaves his eight grandchildren; Paul, David, Mark, Doris, Michael, Sarah, Shane and Jonah; and two great-grandchildren, Olivia, and Kaiden.
His only two siblings preceded him in death. They were Freda Rutledge, and Jesse Mobley.
As he wished, there were no services, and his body was cremated, and his remains are now at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary in St. Louis, Missouri.
We, as his family, chose to wait and make the announcement until after we could gather and spend time together in remembrance.
There need be no sadness or grieving. We all just feel extremely lucky to have him as a part of our lives for as long as we did.