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Whitfield Cobb

  • Birth 6 Feb 1880
  • Death 26 Feb 1925
  • Burial Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 28156591


By Dr. .J. C. Watkins, Winston-Salem, N. C.

Whitfield Cobb, D.D.S., died Thursday evening, February 26, 1925, after an illness of several weeks, beginning with influenza and terminating with complications following an operation for mastoiditis.

He died as he had lived — sweetly and peacefully — surrounded by his loved ones, in the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, N. C.

Dr. Cobb, who was born February 6, 1880, was the son of the late Dr. Needham Bryon Cobb and Martha Louise Cobb, of Fayetteville, N. C.

Dr. N. B. Cobb was one of the outstanding ministers of the Baptist Church, a generation ago, and as one of the pioneers of that denomination, by his untiring efforts contributed largely to the present growth of the Baptist Church in our State.

Dr. Cobb is survived by Dr. Collier Cobb (the noted scientist, who is head of the Department of Geology at our State University), N. T. Cobb, Jas. W. Cobb, Owen F. Cobb, brothers ; and sisters, Miss Lucy M. Cobb, Miss Penelope Cobb, Mrs. Charles Lee Woodard, and Miss Mary Lee Cobb ; and by his wife and two exceptionally bright children. Whitfield, Jr., and Elizabeth.

Dr. Cobb laid the foundation for his education at the Morson and Denson Academy in Raleigh, where so many of the State's brightest and best citizens were prepared for useful lives. He later attended the "A. and M. College," now the State College at Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Cobb received his dental education at the old Atlanta Dental College, and located in Winston-Salem, in 1913.

On November 6, 1913, he was happily married to Miss Loula B. Hunter of Johnson City, Tenn.

The funeral service, conducted by his pastor. Rev. W. D. Spinx, were held in the Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Friday afternoon, February 27th, and he was tenderly and impressively buried with Masonic honors in the Salem Cemetery.

The Forsyth County Dental Society attended the funeral in body, and the crowded church bore silent testimony to the love and esteem with which he was blessed by the citizens of Winston-Salem ; while the great number of floral designs, many very elaborate, covering and surrounding the grave, were mute tokens from friends at home and abroad.

Dr. Cobb was a very active member of the Brown Memorial Bap
tist Church, having in a large degree, as president of the Berean Class and superintendent of the Sunday School, helped make this one of the outstanding Sunday schools in the State. He was also one of the most valuable deacons of his church.

Before he began the study of dentistry Dr. Cobb was an expert auditor for a large corporation, and his great skill as a business man enabled him to develop the Cobb System of Dental Bookkeeping, which is today recognized as the "last word" in dental business methods, and is used by many of the most prominent dentists in the country.

Dr. Cobb was a very active and enthusiastic member of the
Knights of Pythias, and the D. O. K. K.'s, and he cherished great love for that ancient and honorable institution which years ago declared him a just and upright Mason.

No one took a keener interest in the affairs of the day, and no one expressed himself more peacefully or intelligently, always standing for the right, abhorring all that was evil. He knew no neutral ground, except where neutrality expressed common sense, and no one had to seek long to find out where he stood.

Dr. Cobb was a splendid dentist, ever alert in keeping up with the rapid progress of our profession ; and whether in the local district or State Society he was in the forefront, always ready and willing to do his full part in all of their activities.

Pie was one of the best business men in our profession ; he not only systematized his own methods, whereby he collected nearly 100 per cent for his practice, but he was a great inspiration to many of his friends by his kindly advice and encouragement.

As a friend, he was lovable and kind. He was not only loved by the brethren in the profession, the members of the different lodges, his church associations, but by all who knew him. He was an honored citizen of Winston-Salem, and great numbers of her citizens were deeply grieved at his passing.

Pardon a few personal allusions. For two years I was closely associated with Dr. Cobb in the practice of dentistry, and ever since I first knew him we have been close friends. No friend could have shown more interest in another than did Dr. Cobb for my comfort and welfare.

During his illness and since his death I have tried to think of some act or word of his that I could criticise, or that was not what it should have been, but I have failed to recall a single thing — always the answer comes to me, "He was a Christian gentleman." What higher compliment could I offer?

Dr. Cobb was a true gentleman. His presence would grace any community. He was courteous, kind, and affectionate. He was simple and sweet in his nature, sincere in his work, and loyal in his love and in his friendship.

But above all, next to his love for his God, was the love of his "little home" (as he called it) and fireside, and she who sits with her children beside the vacant chair must console herself with the blessed memory of what he was and what he did.

All that he meant to the rest of the world was as nothing compared with what he meant to her, and may she rest secure in the Christian hope and serene in the cherished glow reflected from the beneficence of a life well lived.

J. C. Watkins,
Winston-Salem, N. C.

[from PROCEEDINGS NORTH CARolina Dental Society, 1926]

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