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DANIEL “DAN” HERMAN MOBLEY

“Remember that when you leave this earth you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given, a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Suspenders and a cigar are the things most mentioned about Daniel Herman Mobley who passed away November 7, 2020.

Born May 22, 1941 Dan was a true outdoorsman, growing up on the OgeecheeRiver along with his cousins, he learned the river from his grandfather.   He spent all of his weekends on that river until he met and married Virginia Little Mobley.  The proud father of three daughters who grew up feeling his love and learning that family is a team and “we are in this together”.  Dan took the time to teach each daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter a love of reading, be it a label, a book or Google, as well as his love of outdoor.

A banker by schooling he became a landscape designer in the Atlanta area until the death of his father-in-law. He stepped into the family business of Oglethorpe Marble & Granite almost 40 years ago and never left. He cherished the opportunity to talk with customers learning their stories and helping them honor their loved ones.  His craftsmanship is seen from River Street to the smallest family cemeteries.

Dan gave 13 years responding to disasters for the American Red Cross. He responded to over 400 local emergencies as well as state and national disasters including hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, and Katrina, The World Trade Center, and Savannah Sugar Refinery.  He was the recipient of the American Red Cross Irving W. Drought Service Award in 2000.  He was an organizing member of Chatham County Emergency Response Team. Known for his calm, steadfast response to any emergency, Dan trained hundreds to be responders peppered with his honest dry wit.

Now a communicate of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, he joined the Catholic faith on Christmas Eve in 1963.   His faith led him to be a leader in establishing several rural churches in Georgia   On two occasions answering the call that began with a shotgun aimed at his family and ending with a church in place of the gun. He quietly lived his faith.

He leaves in this world his wife of 58 years, three daughters Marjorie Briscoe (Charles) of MonroeGA, Susan Dewberry (Jim) of AtlantaGA, Laura Mathis (Kyle) of Perry GA; four granddaughters, Sarah Snoddy (Zack) of Monroe GA,  Kate Vandeford (Andy ) of Snowmass Village, CO, Gloria Briscoe of Monroe, GA, Natalie Briscoe of Monroe, GA and great granddaughters, Emma and Lillie Snoddy of Monroe GA.  He also leaves a host of family members with whom he shares wonderful memories of growing up in a large family including a brother, sister, many aunts and uncles and lots of cousins.

To honor his love of the outdoors consider a donation to Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 Thursday morning, November 12, 2020, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist conducted by the Reverend J. Gerard Schreck. Interment will be in Bonaventure Cemetery conducted by the Reverend Joseph A. Smith and the Reverend Dr. Dewain E. Smith.

You are invited to view the video tribute of Dan by clicking here.

Online Condolences

  1. Joan Clark says:

    Dear Virginia, please know that I am thinking of you during this time of sadness. Prayers for you and your family.

  2. Mary Wilson says:

    Prayers being sent for the family and friends. Mr. Mobley is pain free in his Heavenly home. May the memories help soothe your grief.

  3. Pamela Brint Brown says:

    Dear Laura & the entire Mobley Family,

    My prayers are with you during this time. Please allow the sweet memories of your loved one be most prevalent thoughts to help you get through this tragic moment in life.

  4. Gwen Presley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your strength during this difficult time.

  5. Carol Bunn says:

    Laura, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sara Myers says:

    On behalf of the City of Hawkinsville I would like to extend our deepest condolences for your loss. We pray that God brings you comfort and peace in the days to come.

  7. Ellen Anderson says:

    My heartfelt sympathy is with you and your family in your time of
    sorrow. I will be thinking and praying for you and your family during this very difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Ellen Anderson

  8. Tiffany Andrews says:

    Laura, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. In this times of loss and sadness, may the memories of your wonderful father bring you comfort.

  9. Dean Nelson says:

    Laura and the Mobley Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. May you find comfort in each other and the memories that you share.

  10. Theresa Robinson says:

    Laura and Family:
    Sending you thoughts of strength and healing during this time of transition for your family. May God grant you peace so that the memories you shared with your Dad will bring you comfort today and in the days ahead.

  11. Horace & Rebecca Fleming says:

    Danny Mobley was a friend and neighbor for the past 40 years; we will miss him. He advised us, educated us, and was a respected Savannah historian where cemetery sculpture is concerned. His knowledge and experience with marble was considerable. We grieve his loss and send our condolences to his family.

  12. Jenifer Doran says:

    I am so sorry that this happened to your family, and I’m thinking of you all during this heartbreaking time.

    Love, Jen

  13. Brent & Vicki Lanford says:

    Sending prayers for peace and comfort. We offer our deepest condolences to the Mobley family during this difficult time.

  14. Richard Bazemore says:

    On behalf of the Regional Commission, I want to send our sincere condolences to Laura and the entire Mobley family. Our thoughts and prayers are asking for healing, strength and comfort during this trying time.

  15. Benae Hogan says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. His obituary is a testament to a life well lived and loved. May your faith, family and fond memories sustain you during this difficult time. You all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. April McGee says:

    I am saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant the Mobley family strength during this difficult time. My most sincere condolences.

  17. Emily E. Perry says:

    To Mrs. Laura and Family
    May God continue to bless and keep you all during this most difficult time. It is my prayer that God keeps his arms of care and protection around you all giving you peace beyond ALL understanding. You all have my deepest condolences.

  18. Tora Johnson says:

    Laura,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and sisters during this difficult time. I pray God’s strength and love cover you and your family during your bereavement.

  19. Betty C. Hill says:

    I truly know your pain of losing your father. The pain
    has its own identity. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with
    you during this voidness in your life.

  20. Dale Karacostas says:

    Dan was an outstanding business neighbor and friend. He was always willing to help others and us with a helping hand over many, many years.
    Dale Karacostas – Celebritees

  21. Michelle Grembowski says:

    Laura & family-
    To lose someone you love is incredibly difficult. May you find courage from loving memories, strength in the light of each new day, and comfort in the love and kindness of family and friends. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  22. Ardis H Wood says:

    Dear Virginia,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your life partner, friend, and love of so many years. My thoughts and condolences are with you and your family.

  23. Miner Family says:

    Laura & Family,
    Our most sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. Take great comfort that his faith has led him to the kingdom into the arms of the Father. Peace and comfort for you all in the coming week of sorrow.

  24. Jo Ann Jerome Dawkins says:

    Ginny,
    So sorry to hear the news of Danny’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. Kristen Maldonado says:

    To the Mobley family that has shown myself, and children, even my brother NOTHING BUT KINDNESS;

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. He was one of the BEST bosses I have had the privilege to work under. He was always warm and full of stories. I love how he would always humor me, when I tried to teach him a new word from the current “slang” dictionary, while he taught me all things stone. I only wish I got to hug him one more time.

    Thank you for the memories.
    Dan the Boss Man, you will truly be missed.

  26. Rachel Dacks and Todd Brummett says:

    Virginia, we are truly sorry for your loss, and for the community’s loss of such a great individual.
    Our thoughts are with you.

  27. James Vaughn says:

    May the light perpetual shine brightly upon him. God bless you.

  28. Linda & Ernie Slater says:

    Genny and family. We are so very sorry for your loss and even though though we will not be able physically to be at Danny’s funeral please know that all of you are in our hearts and prayers.

  29. Chelsea Phillips says:

    To the whole Mobley family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss! Mr. Mobley seemed like such a wonderful neighbor & community member, I can only imagine how AMAZING he was to his family and good friends. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all at this time.

  30. James Larry Johnson, Sr. says:

    I am saddened to hear of your loss. May your father rest in peace and power. Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain.

  31. Laura Thompson says:

    Even though I did not know Mr. Mobley personally, I have been able to know him from a distance in the stories told by his family. He was loved immensely by them. I’m sure this is due to the great love he showed to them. While I know sad days will come, i am positively sure that when they do, smiles will abound at the thought of the many precious memories they shared from years past.

  32. Molly Howard says:

    Oh my dear Margie and all the Mobley family , your family photos that are posted tell so much about your dear one. The suspenders speak of a true Southern Gentleman and I’m sure he was just that. The photos reveal so much love. My favorite is the one of Mr Dan looking directly at his lovely wife of many, many years, such tenderness. May God surround each and every one of you in your days of sorry, and may He lead you through peace and calm in the days ahead. With Love – Molly

  33. Wm & Brenda Manucy says:

    Virginia and family, We were so sorry to hear that
    Dan has left us. I have such fond memories of him and the whole family when I lived on 38th street. I will never forget the generosity I received and will miss him. God Bless you all. Brenda and Billy

  34. Carlton Dowdy says:

    Dan was a fellow Worshiper Of The Basicilca of Saint John the Baptist , who I enjoyed the company of over the years; also a good friend of the Dowdy family, having made the Ornamental Headstones over many years, and answering my many questions with compassion and understanding!
    He will be sorely missed. Rest easy Brother. Your Brother in Christ,
    Carlton Dowdy and Family

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