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Clark Robert Cobble

SoVaNow.com / April 12, 2010
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Clark Robert Cobble
Clark Robert Cobble, 65, of Danville, Virginia died Saturday, April 10, 2010 after a short struggle with cancer.

Dr. Cobble was born in Blytheville, Ark. on July 17, 1944. He grew up in east Tennessee which he always considered his home as his family has lived there for many generations. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Chemistry in l966 and a MD in l970. He completed two years of military service as a captain in the Army Medical Battalion in Ft. Riley, Kansas. After his military service, he decided to specialize in ophthalmology. In 1976, he finished his residency in ophthalmology at Indiana University and in l978 he completed a fellowship at the Vitreo-Retinal Research Foundation in Memphis, Tenn. In l978, he moved to Danville, where he began private practice.

As a physician, he was passionate about providing his patients with the best care. He was a skilled surgeon and constantly studied the most innovative methods of surgery and treatment. He believed in a total-body approach to medicine, taking care of the whole person, not just the eyes. He retired on November 06, 2010, after his sudden diagnosis.

Dr. Cobble was the classic Renaissance Man. He was an avid reader of non-fiction, especially American history. He had a photographic memory and an endless thirst to learn more. He was a certified gemologist, a gourmet cook and a connoisseur of fine wine, a true gourmand. Not only content to exercise his mind, he also enjoyed kayaking and bicycling. As his body failed, his Christian faith strengthened through prayer and theological study, a practice which he exercised throughout his life.

He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Judy Lucado Cobble who he married in l997.

He is survived by three children Laurel A. Fountain and husband, Michael of Lewes, Del., Leah A. Dunne and husband Justin of Carlsbad, Calif., and Ens. Lane A. Cobble, currently deployed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and one grandson Flynn M. Fountain. He worked hard to give his children the best education and learning experiences. He exposed them to new cultures, ideas and any experience that would broaden their understanding of the world. They fondly remember him coaching their soccer team and his love of slap-stick comedy.

Dr. Cobble is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Cobble and two brothers Stephen R. Cobble and wife, Jan, and Philip E. Cobble of Knoxville, Tenn. as well as two nephews and two nieces, Andrew Cobble and wife, Coatney of Houston, Texas and John E. Cobble, Ashley McBride and husband David of Knoxville, and Kimberly Goldsborough and husband Michael of Swarthmore, Pa.

He is also survived by two stepsons, J. Kenneth Cheek Jr. and wife Debbie of Raleigh, N.C., Christopher S. Cheek and wife Susan of Timonium, Md. and three step-grandchildren Alexander, Benjamin and Louisa Cheek.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. from Ascension Lutheran Church with the Reverend Meredith Williams officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date.

A family visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 between the hours of 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to God’s Storehouse, 778 Westover Drive, Danville, VA 24541 or to Ascension Lutheran Church, 314 West Main Street, Danville, VA 24541

Townes Funeral Home and Crematory, 215 West Main Street is serving the Cobble family. http://www.townesfuneralhome.com & Go Dan River.com

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