Maj. Gen. Henry H. Cobb, Jr.
Maj. Gen. (Retired) Henry H. Cobb Jr., 92, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away on Feb. 7, 2013. The son of Henry H. Cobb Sr., and Virginia Cobb, he was born on Oct. 8, 1920. He attended Ramsey High School and is a graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Maj. Gen. Cobb graduated from Princeton University with a degree in economics.
Maj. Gen. Cobb led a long and distinguished life as an Army officer and business entrepreneur. His military career began in 1943 when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant of field artillery. His more than 40-year military career included successful leadership and command positions at all ranks through major general. His military service is highlighted by his establishment and subsequent tenure as the Commander, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), service as Adjutant General, Alabama National Guard, service in Korea with 8th United States Army, and his distinction as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in the Hurtgen Forest in November 1944 during World War II.
Maj. Gen. Cobb's professional career also included more than 30 years of faithful and distinguished service with New York Life Insurance Company in Birmingham; a 25-year partnership in Cobb-Kirkland Pontiac and Cadillac of Montgomery; and founder of Southern Restaurant Group with prospering restaurants in Destin and Panama City, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala., which now continue under family leadership.
Maj. Gen. Cobb is preceded in death by his wife, Alice Wise Cobb; his parents, Henry H. Sr., and Virginia Cobb; sister, Mary Cobb Hulse; and great-grandsons, Pierce and Jude Reyher.
He is survived by his children, Cathy Stephenson (Jack), Hammond Cobb III (Linda); and Margaret Reyher (Jim); grandchildren, Robert Comer (Laura), John Comer (Brooke), Matt Comer, Hammond Cobb IV (Candice), Will Cobb (Haley), Richard Cobb, Wes Reyher (Meredith), and Alice Kudart (Chris); great-grandchildren, Alison Cobb, Leyden Comer, and Lucy Comer; and three very special people, Lulie Hodges, and Mary Lou and Howard Cowgill.
Military honors will be rendered by members of the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Alabama Army National Guard during graveside services. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook, Ala. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. The burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to one of the following organizations: the Henry H. Cobb, Junior Scholarship Fund, PO Box 101254, Birmingham, AL 35210-6254, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3736 Montrose Road, Mountain Brook, Alabama 35213, or the 20th Special Forces Society, PO Box 101254, Birmingham, Alabama 35210-6254.