Leonia Crawford Cobb was born in Marion County, Jefferson, Texas to David Crawford and Realie Rhode Crawford on Mach 26, 1929. She attended Gethsemane Elementary school in Jefferson in 1942. She later moved to Dallas, Texas where she attended Booker T. Washington High School through the 11th grade. In June 1947, Leonia accepted Christ and was saved at Pages Temple Church of God in Christ under Pastor R. M. Jackson. She would soon after marry Clarence Edward Cobb July 10, 1948, and to this union 9 children were born. Seven children died at birth, leaving two to love and cherish, Linda Marie Cobb and Clarence Edward Cobb, Jr. On February 10, 1980, Clarence Sr. was called home to be with the Lord and June 13, 2019 Clarence Jr. joined his dad in heaven.
Leonia moved to Gladewater in 1951. Leonia and Clarence owned and operated a hometown café, The Big Oak Drive Inn from 1965 to 1980 where many memories were made.
Leonia Cobb was affectionately known as Mother Cobb. She lived a life of service to the Lord and all that knew her. She placed membership at Rising Star Church of God in Christ under Elder J. E. Lee where she was baptized. She served as YPWW President and President of the Senior Choir at Rising Star under the leadership of C.H. McNeese. In 1982, she was appointed Chaplain of YWCC at Rising Star COGIC. She would later move to Dallas, Texas October 9, 1991. Mother Cobb placed membership at Greater Harvest COGIC, Pastor Bishop F. W. Smith, where she would sing in the Choir. November 1992, she moved to Community Temple COGIC, Elder Robert Reed Pastor. There she would sing in Senior Choir, serve on the Mother’s Board, serve as Senior Sunday School Teacher and work with Communion (Lord Supper Worker). She was also the birth month organizer, celebrating every 4th Sunday of Month under Superintendent R. M. Jackson and Miss Katherine Reed, District Missionary. Mother Cobb loved to sing in the District Choir whenever she could. In 1998 she became a member of Canada Drive COGIC under Superintendent Marcin Elliott. There, she held several positions. She would later join Superintendent Gerald Jones, Sr. at Refreshing Springs COGIC from 1997 – 1998. She was faithful in the choir, a Prayer Warrior, Encourager to the Saints and a very active member that did whatever her hands found to do. In 2003, Mother Cobb joined Strong Arms COGIC with Bishop Nathiel D. Wells. While there, Mother Cobb led the Silver Ladies Choir as President. She taught Sunday School and made sure she taught the original COGIC Sunday School songs which brought her joy. She was also part of the committee to the Advisory Board for the Pastor and helped with new members. She was a very active member until her health started to fail her in her mid-80’s. That did not stop her one bit. She witnessed to others and praised God to the end. She will be remembered for the compassionate love she had for Jesus Christ, her unwavering faith and her beautiful voice that she used for His Glory.
Church was her life, but she was also involved in the community. She was a member of the Pemberton Hill Recreation Center as Senior Secretary in the 90’s. She also volunteered for Eddie Bernice Johnson, Democratic Party. In addition to all her other duties, she found time to share her love for the children, helping at Frederick Douglas School. There, she was a member of the Senior Off our Rocker Program and was awarded the 5-year placard for her service from the Rocker in 1995.
She was proceeded in death by her mother Realie Crawford, father David Crawford, step-mother Julia Crawford, sister Ruthie Newman, brother David Crawford and son Clarence Cobb, Jr.
Mother Leonia Cobb leaves to forever cherish her memories a loving devoted daughter Linda Martin, the best son-in-law in the world, Joe Martin (Her sonny boy), both of Dallas, Texas, one grandson Noel L. Martin of Dallas, Texas, two great grandchildren, Elisha L. Martin (ELM) of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Noel L. Martin, Jr. (NJ) of Forney, Texas. She also leaves a huge host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
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