A school and community are in mourning after the sudden death of Walker High School's Assistant Principal, Mr. Tommy Lynn Hobson.
The Pulaski County Coroner confirmed 55-year-old Tommy Hobson died in a car crash in Arkansas last Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
Hobson served as Walker High School’s assistant principal for more than 20 years.
Hobson was born on Feb. 26, 1962, in England, Ark., to Tommy and Shirley Hobson. He graduated from the University of Arkansas of Monticello with his bachelor's degree and received his master’s degree at Delta State University of Cleveland, Miss. He was a member of the Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity and loved NASCAR, golfing and his family very much. He loved to watch Arkansas Razorbacks football. He also loved to work with his students. He loved his Dodge Challenger, his dream car since high school.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Hobson. He is survived by his wife, Kim Hobson; daughter, Ashley Hobson; stepdaughter, Jessica (Mike) Dill, all of Jasper; and father, Tommy Hobson Sr. He is also survived by two brothers, Tommy Ray Hobson Jr. of England, Ark., and James Thomas Hobson of Conway, Ark.; grandchildren, Kaylee, Harleigh and Jaxzon; and many nieces and nephews.
Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson remarked, "He was the heart and soul of Walker High School. He was a good man and a good friend and a good mentor. Mr. Hobson made a difference in many of our students’ lives and we all loved him, we all respected him, he was an institution at Walker High School."
Today, March 27, 2017, a memorial service was held during school for faculty and students. Different students, friends and faculty members shared stories and special memories of Mr. Hobson's life. There will be another memorial service tomorrow, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Jasper High School Theater for anyone who would like to attend.
A scholarship memorial is being established to honor Mr. Hobson and his legacy at Walker High School.