Obituary for Bobbye James Hildebrand

Bobbye James Hildebrand, 89, of Penick Village in Southern Pines, NC passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 25, 1932 in Stokes County, NC to W.C. and Ruth Ward James. She began her special education teaching career in Gibbstown, NJ. Bobbye helped design state program for special education in Delaware, where she taught in Wilmington, and finishing up her teaching career in Wilmington, NC. She was a member of P.E.O., serving as president in a chapter in Wilmington, DE. She was currently serving as vice-president of the Penick Village Residences’ Council. She was also a faithful member of Southern Pines United Methodist Church. She was an avid bridge player and active with the bridge clubs at Penick.

Bobbye is survived by her husband of 67 years, Gary P. Hildebrand; sons, Stephen Ward Hildebrand (wife Melissa) of Huntersville, NC and John Robert Hildebrand of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Claire Hildebrand Capps (husband Miller), Grace Hildebrand, Jack Hildebrand and Max Hildebrand; and her sister Ruth Waters.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Penick Chapel, 500 E. Rhode Island Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387. Private interment at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations in Bobbye’s name be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.     

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