Murl Lewellin Dobbs, 92, former Brownwood resident, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Kirkwood Manor in New Braunfels, Texas.
Born Oct. 27, 1914, in Childress County, Texas, to Shirley “Shed” and Hettie Faulkner, Murl was the daughter and granddaughter of early Brown County pioneers. Her grandparents, Gabriel Brence and Sallie Beard Lewellin, were among the first settlers in the county and made their home in the Elkins community. Murl graduated from Tell High School and was later married to J.E. Dobbs.
Murl, J.E. and their two sons moved to Brownwood in 1968 when J.E. and Roy Simmons went into business together in the American Insurance Company of Texas. The Dobbs were very active members of the First United Methodist Church of Brownwood. Murl volunteered at the Brownwood Regional Hospital and for numerous charities, Mrs. Dobbs was a wonderful housewife, wife and mother and was a ray of sunshine for everyone who knew her. She loved decorating her home, gardening, and loved entertaining their friends and loved ones. Murl’s creativity was decades ahead of her time, as she loved to repurpose items and paint faux finishes that would impress any HGTV follower.
Mrs. Dobbs loved her family. For years she religiously made daily visits to the Bangs Nursing Home to visit her Aunt Gussie. She cherished beloved quilts and handwork stitched by her grandmother and her aunts. Her two sisters were so very precious to her, and her sons, grand- and great-grandchildren were the loves of her life. She leaves behind sweet memories and a family who will deeply miss her.
She is survived by two sons and their wives, Ronald R. and Gayle Chitwood Dobbs of New Braunfels, Texas, and Kenneth W. and Mary Lou Dobbs of Longmont, Colo.; two granddaughters, Ashley Dobbs Benson and husband, Jeremy of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Jennifer Lewellin Dobbs of New Braunfels; and great-grandchildren, Bethany Taylor and James Iver Benson of Murfreesboro, Tenn. She also leaves her dear friend, June Chitwood of New Braunfels, and many nieces and nephews on the Dobbs side of the family. Mrs. Dobbs was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her two sisters, Mrs. Mae Hunter and Mrs. Virginia Weatherly, both of Lubbock, Texas.
Services for Mrs. Dobbs will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at the Rix Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas, with burial at the Lubbock City Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests that any memorials be made to Hope Hospice, 611 North Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130.