Story by Kay Blevins

Eyewitness News Reporter

The mayor of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Ronnie Cobb, has died.

The 64 year old politician died Tuesday night after a battle with heart problems.

Tuesday was business as usual for mayor Ronnie Cobb after a morning full of meetings and decisions.

Commissioner Ken Marks says he asked the mayor, "Ronnie are you feeling alright?" and he said, "my leg is hurting me."

Cobb recently had another stint put into his leg.

The mayor had a history of heart problems and diabetes.

Commissioner Marks says "He has had his ups and downs with his heart."

Cobb attended the Catoosa County Commission meeting Tuesday night then went home.

Later that night the mayor's wife found him unresponsive at their home.

Marks says "Ronnie loved his wife. He loved his church and he loved his 2 sons."

But Mayor Cobb also loved his city too.

His friends and co-workers say he took pride in being the mayor of Fort Oglethorpe.

He dedicated countless hours to projects. Especially his latest one, a multi million dollar Costco warehouse. When the store opens in the next few months the ribbon cutting won't be easy.

Marks says "When we do that, it's just going to be...sad that he is not going to be there but he will be watching us."

Cobb worked so hard on the project the road leading into Costco is named "Cobb Parkway" after the mayor.

It's an honor he was proud of.

City officials say the shock of his death is difficult to understand.

City Manager Ron Goulard says "I am just used to him being in here. We usually have coffee in the morning, talk about what is gong to be going on. It will take a while to get used to it."

Cobb's pastor, Jim Bennett, knew the man behind the title.

Bennett says "Ronnie did a lot of things a lot of folks don't know about. Just meant a lot to a lot of people, just always there and always had a smile on his face and always seemed to encourage me."

Here is the obituary information from Lane Funeral Home:


He was a lifelong resident of Ft. Oglethorpe and was currently serving his hometown as Mayor to which he was elected in 2008.  Ronnie retired from T.V.A. in 2001 with over 20 years of service, was a member of the Local Plumbers & Steam Fitters #43, I.B.E.W. #175, Thompkins Lodge #466 F&AM and the Ft. Oglethorpe American Legion.  He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Rossville where he sang in the choir, served as Sunday School director, and served on the committees of finance, personnel & nominating.  Before his position as Mayor, Mr. Cobb served several terms on the Ft. Oglethorpe city council and was an honorary member of the Battlefield Golf Club and charter member of the Lakeview Westside Recreation Association.  Ronnie's passions in life were his family, his church, his dog Jake, golfing, and the city of Ft. Oglethorpe.  He was preceded in death by his parents, H.W. Cobb, Jr., & Marcella Cobb, and uncle, J.L. Cobb.

 

Survivors include his wife, Jan Justice Cobb; sons, Rodney (Micha) Cobb of Acworth, GA, & Ty (Sandy Austin) Cobb, of Wildwood, GA; step-children, Mark (Traci) Marks & Jennifer Marks of Ft. Oglethorpe; step-grandchildren, Branson & Lindsey Marks; brothers, Larry (Ruby) Cobb & Dennis Cobb of Lakeview, & Jerry Cobb of Chickamauga; several nieces and nephews. 

 

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church, 108 Jenkins Road, Rossville, with Pastor Jim Bennett, Commissioner Ken Marks, & State Senator Jeff Mullis officiating.   Burial will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

 

To share your condolences, visit www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

 

The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel and will lie-in-state at Fairview Baptist Church on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral hour.

 

Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, 833 Chickamauga Avenue, Rossville.

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Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) made the following statement today regarding Mayor Ronnie Cobb's sudden passing this week:

"Mayor Ronnie Cobb was a dear friend of mine that I had the privilege and honor of working with over the past few years. His sudden passing is a tragedy for Northwest Georgia. He was a true leader and the tip of the spear in recruiting Costco to move to Catoosa County, bringing many jobs to the area. He was an inspiration to many, always positive, and very committed to the city of Ft. Oglethorpe and Catoosa County. Cobb was a devoted family man and was very involved in his community. He strived and succeeded in bringing people together, and restoring good working relationships. Ronnie will be missed and always remembered as one of the best mayors of the city of Ft. Oglethorpe."