James Carol "Jim" Bobbitt
1944 - 2020
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James Carol "Jim" Bobbitt died on Friday, October 9, 2020. Jim was born on October 25, 1944, in Griffin, Indiana, to James Paul Bobbitt and Elizabeth Irene Penner Bobbitt. He was the 4th of 7 siblings. He joined the Army in 1965 and served multiple tours in Vietnam, and was in the Army for 23 years, retiring as a First Sergeant. He earned his BA and then 2 MAs in History from the University of Maryland while in the Army. After he retired from the Army, he taught ROTC at Belaire High in Baton Rouge for over 20 years. Jim was an avid runner who completed marathons and the Death Valley ultramarathon. He was an avid reader of history with a lifelong interest in the Civil War. He was survived by his wife of 18 years, Margaret Corwin, of Baton Rouge, and daughter, Kathleen Bobbitt, of North Carolina, and brother Larry Bobbitt of Arkansas. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Charles, Richard, Jerry and Gary and sister Hazel. Jim did not want a memorial service, and the family requests that any memorials be made to the VFW in Mount Carmel, IL.

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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 27, 2020
Margaret and Kathleen,
Jim was one of my very favorite people at Belaire! I first met him during the summer in the teachers lounge. He was telling off someone who most people would not confront! I knew we’d be friends. I took him to lunch every summer while I was at school with the cheerleaders so he be nice to me. He was definitely one of a kind and had a good heart! I have heard from several students who expressed their sympathies and spoke of the impact he had in their lives! Thinking about both of you at this difficult time! Love to both of you!
Pam Cheairs Maddocks
October 19, 2020
Jim was a force of change, in the lives of many. He had a way of encouraging thousands of students to achieve excellence as Citizen’s of the World. Jim’s heart burst through his seemingly tough exterior in loving ways. In fact, his unique humor kept me grounded on many occasions. Jim was and will forever be the ethical role model, in the lives of several generations. How fortunate are we to know and celebrate the life of James “Jim” Bobbitt. All my love to Margaret and family❤❤❤❤
Zhan Couvillion
October 16, 2020
Thoughts and Prayers for Jim’s family and friends. I knew Jim from many years ago. He was such a nice guy with a great sense of humor. Rest In Peace Jim.
Cora Ann (Smith) McElhenney
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