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September 20, 1929 - March 28, 2018
James Wesley Dobbyn passed away on March 28, 2018, at his home in Alexandria, Alabama.
Jim was born on September 20, 1929, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Lillian and Harry Dobbyn. He moved to Enid Oklahoma in junior high school with the family and finally to Abilene, Texas during his freshman year in high school, enrolling at Abilene High School.
Jim graduated from high school in 1947, where he was a star running back for the Abilene Eagles. He attended Texas A&M University on a football scholarship and graduated with a BS Degree in 1952, specializing in poultry husbandry. He was in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets in college, and upon graduation he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, where he served as a flight instructor. He completed his military obligation and was honorably discharged as First Lieutenant in 1954.
He joined Power Feed Mills in 1954 as Vice President of Operations where he was in charge of the poultry and egg production division until l954, at which time he began earning his MBA at Abilene Christian University, graduating in l967. He joined Tyson Foods and was placed in charge of its poultry division, where he remained until retirement in l995.
After retirement Jim enjoyed his first love of playing duplicate bridge and became very well known in the duplicate bridge circles in Texas, Alabama and throughout the United States. He was a member of the American Contract Bridge League where he was a Sapphire Life Master, and instructed duplicate bridge newcomers. He was active in the ACBL Organization and was always willing to lend a hand when others needed it. He was active in tournaments and played in local, regional and national events.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, and his wife.
He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, his stepson Philip, and two granddaughters, Kathleen and Susan.
We will always remember his natural charm and warm sense of humor and his playful attitude around his friends and family. He brought a quick wit to almost all situations, loved fast cars (and cards) and he cared deeply and earnestly for the women in his life. Godspeed, Uncle Jimmy. We look forward to meeting you again. Happy trails!
Published on June 16, 2018
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