Robert Glen Cobb, 91 of Diamondhead, passed away Thursday morning at Pass Oaks Personal Care Home. He was born December 17, 1928 in Savannah, Missouri, one of two sons to Orla Glen and Helen (Schmitt) Cobb. He grew up in the Savannah area, learning to fly and doing a bit of crop dusting in his younger years. After graduating high school, he attended Florida State University where it is said that he had a class with Burt Reynolds. He married Effie (Rusty) Statler in 1950. Following his collegiate years, Robert joined the United States Air Force and as a licensed pilot, he became a fighter pilot. He came in around the time when pilots were pushing the envelope beyond the sound barrier on a regular basis, and foten told of his time in the F 86 Sabre among others. After 22 years of service, where he flew and trained pilots as well, Robert retired as a Major and went into hotel management. He managed many hotels from coast to coast, often several at the same time. A true workaholic, Robert still found time for basketball and handball early on, that is until he found golf and could not get enough. He claimed three witnessed holes-in-one in his career, something many pros only dream of. He was a loving, caring husband and father that also had a soft spot for dogs, spoiling many over the years. He was a highly intelligent man that paid attention to detail and always stayed busy. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all whose life he touched. He was preceded by his parents Glen & Helen Cobb, and his only brother, Don. Left to cherish the many years of memories are: his loving wife, known to everyone as "Rusty", and their only son Jeffery Cobb of Gulfport. Over the years, Robert had many friends, fellow pilots, golfing buddies and more. His final wishes were to be cremated, which his family is honoring. He will be interred at Biloxi National Cemetery, with service details to be added when set. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Cobb family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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