(Orange, Texas)


August 1, 2007

Librarian Mobley remembered as ‘salt of earth’


“I really got to know him through city business,” said Sam Kittrell, chief of the Orange Police Department. “We worked together on city budgets and other stuff, and he was just a wonderful man who really believed in what he was doing.”

Kittrell’s respect for Mobley was barely able to described by mere words.

“He was the salt of the earth and one of the best people you could ever meet,” he said.

Malinda Miller has been employed at the Orange Public Library since 1981. She was hired by Mobley.

“He was an extremely nice man,” Miller said. “He is the person most responsible for getting us automated here at the library with computers, and he helped start many of our programs.”

Miller said Mobley was always busy and usually “locked away in his office,” but he was the type of man who would not ask you to do something he would not do himself.

“Mr. Mobley even took his turn working a night shift once a week,” Miller said with a laugh. “He excelled at multi-tasking. If he was doing one thing, then he was probably doing many more.”

Current head of the Orange Public Library, Brenna Menasco, was also hired by Mobley in 1991 as a part-time employee before making her full-time in 1993.

“He was very professional,” Menasco said. “But he was also very quiet. He really didn’t complain about thing, he just did what he had to do. When they asked him to take the other position over the parks for the city, he did it willingly. He was the type of man you just enjoyed working for.”

Mobley leaves behind his wife, Ann, of 38 years and daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and David Krummel, and two grandsons, Zachary and Dylan, as well as two sisters, Kay Humphrey and Patti Wesson; and, one brother, James Mobley.

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