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Elmo Phelix Cobb

January 6, 1928 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Elmo Cobb Obituary

Elmo Cobb, 95 of Snow Camp, left us to join his wife, Shirley, in Heaven on their 74th anniversary, October 23rd, 2023.

Born in 1928 in Caswell County, he was raised in Glencoe. His early life was shaped by the Great depression and World War II.  Elmo was the third child of Ali Cobb and Jenny Lee Page Cobb, who were tenant farmers. He joined the Merchant Marines after quitting school in 10th grade. The war ended before he turned 18. He married Shirley Webster of Graham in 1949 and lived in Graham and Snow Camp the rest of his life. In his early marriage he worked as an auto body repairman and landscaper, owning Alamance Lawn Service. When Elmo was almost 40, he became a golfer. He decided he could build a golf course on his land... so he did. By 1968 he designed, built, and opened Confederate Acres Golf Course (now Southwick) near Southern High School. It was a family business with Shirley running the shop and sons Steve and Lee helping him maintain the course. In 1980 Elmo decided to sell the course, then bought more land in Snow Camp and designed and built Sourwood Forest Golf Course. The Cobb family operated this one for 8 years and sold it.  Not ready to retire at 70, Elmo was commissioned by a relative to design and build Quaker Creek Golf Course in Pleasant Garden.

Elmo played a consistent game of golf for many years and after retiring, he played with the Southwick Seniors until he broke his hip at 93. He even scored a hole-in-one when he was 90!

Elmo helped establish the Alamance Beagle Club in the 1950s. He loved hunting and playing bluegrass music. He had natural talents and taught himself to play banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and guitar. He loved bluegrass jam sessions with other musician friends. He was of the Baptist faith and joined Andrew's Memorial Church as a young man He was remembered and respected by his family and the golfing community for his hard work, honesty, and creativity.

Elmo lost his beloved Shirley in 2013, his son Steve in 2008, and grandson, Joshua Dylan Cobb in 2011 in a truck accident. He is survived by daughter Renee Cobb Brown (Terry); son Lee Cobb; grandsons Landon (Melanie), Heath, and Lance Brown; great-grandchildren Connor, Dirk, Madeline and Garrett Brown, and by his sister, Faye Overman ( Bobby) of Burlington. He was preceded in death by his brother Willard (Virginia), sisters Vertie Billings (Clarence) and Hazel Crouse (Mickey), all of Burlington.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by McClure Funeral Service in Graham. The viewing will be held Sunday evening, October 29,2023, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. The funeral will be held on Monday, beginning at 11:00AM with private grave side rights to follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to AuthoraCare (Hospice Home), or St Jude's Children's Hospital.

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October 29, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McClure Funeral Service Graham
1030 South Main Street
Graham, NC 27302

Funeral Service
October 30, 2023

11:00 AM
McClure Funeral Service Graham
1030 South Main Street
Graham, NC 27302


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