First Posted: 4/2/2009

MOUNT AIRY James Irwin Jim Tom Cobbler Sr. passed away at his home in Mount Airy on April 1, 2009. Mr. Cobbler received a B.S. degree in grammar grade education from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1959 and taught for 31 years in Wilkes and Surry County schools. He was an active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Renfro Masonic Lodge #691 AF and AM, and an avid supporter of the Masonic Home for Children. He took great joy in visiting the children at the home and having them visit in his home. Jim was the son of the late Roby R. and Annie Irwin Cobbler. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, spending 18 months in Korea and attaining the rank of sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Cinnie Sue Brintle Cobbler, to whom he was married in 1956; and two sons, James Cobbler Jr. and wife Jamie of Winston-Salem and Carroll Cobbler of Mount Airy. Mr. Cobbler delighted in his grandchildren, Erin Leigh Cobbler of Chapel Hill and Nathan Thomas Cobbler of Winston-Salem; granddog Stoney of Mount Airy; a sister and her husband, Jane and Emerson Zapotosky of Las Vegas; and a brother-in-law, Leonard Isaacs of Mount Airy. Mr. Cobbler was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Roberta Ann Isaacs. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church conducted by Pastor William Randolph. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery with flagfolding ceremonies conducted by VFW Post #2019 of Mount Airy with full Masonic rites to follow conducted by Renfro Masonic Lodge #691 A.F. and A.M. Mr. Cobbler will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 3, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Howell Funeral Home in Mount Airy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Tina Mooney, 129 Mark St., Mount Airy, NC 27030, or to Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565. The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to Surry County EMS, emergency room personnel at Northern Hospital of Surry County, and the doctors and TICU staff at Forsyth Medical Center. Online condolences may be made at

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