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Full Text of SR0491  103rd General Assembly



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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Charles E. Hobson Sr., who passed away
4on September 23, 2023; and
5    WHEREAS, Charles Hobson was born in Chicago to Charlene
6and James Hobson on December 4, 1936; he attended Burke
7Elementary School and DuSable High School in Chicago and
8earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Roosevelt
9University; he married Shirley Spencer, and they enjoyed 53
10years together before her passing; he later married Abisola
11Gallagher, and they enjoyed each other's company between the
12two cities in which they lived; and
13    WHEREAS, Charles Hobson had an amazing entrepreneurial
14spirit and owned various businesses over the years, including
15two shoe stores, Hobson Shoes and Carriage House Bootery, in
16the 1960s; he was also a real estate broker, and he owned a
17successful residential and commercial alarm system company,
18Electronic Research and Design; and
19    WHEREAS, Charles Hobson was born into the church family of
20Hartzell United Methodist Church and was a member there for
21many years; he later joined St. Mark United Methodist Church;
22he loved the choir and sang in the annual Christmas Messiah



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1concert every year for nearly seven decades; he served in the
2lay visitation ministry and the United Methodist men's
3ministry and as a lay leader; one of his treasured
4accomplishments was being named Man of the Year at St. Mark;
6    WHEREAS, Charles Hobson was known for his delicious
7homemade rolls and pound cake; he enjoyed traveling, taking
8trips to Aruba and visiting his children in Atlanta; when it
9came to music, he loved the jazz classics; in recent years, he
10developed a passion for the game of scrabble, enjoying it with
11his beloved companion, Darlene; and
12    WHEREAS, Charles Hobson was a man of gentle strength, warm
13elegance, confidence, and deep faith; all of which could be
14seen and felt in the love and nurturing spirit he showed to his
15loved ones and the warmth with which he greeted and took an
16interest in others; he saw the good in everybody; and
17    WHEREAS, Charles Hobson was preceded by his son, Paul
18Antony Hobson Sr.; his brother, James Jr.; and his parents;
20    WHEREAS, Charles Hobson is survived by his companion,
21Darlene; his children, Michelle, Charles Jr., and Billy; his
22daughter-in-law, Kimberly (Dwayne); and his grandchildren and



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1great-grandchildren; therefore, be it
3ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
4Charles E. Hobson Sr. and extend our sincere condolences to
5his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
7    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
8presented to the family of Charles Hobson as an expression of
9our deepest sympathy.