Hobsons: Every day is Father’s Day

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 16, 2012


E very day is Father’s Day when your dad is your boss, or at least that’s the opinion of Hunter Hobson.

“It’s tough at times,” said the son of county coroner and Foreman Funeral Home owner Norman Hobson, of working with his dad. “I never thought that I would end up working for my dad at the funeral home, but I did.

Most days it’s great. Sometimes we butt heads because we’re both very opinionated, but it works out in the end.”

When Hunter, who graduated from Auburn University in 2002 with a degree in horticulture and landscape, joined the family business in 2003, it marked four generations behind the Foreman Funeral Home legacy. The funeral home was opened by Emmett Foreman in 1938.

The Hobson men work side-by-side providing funeral services for the people of Covington County. In their spare time, the two spend as much time outdoors together as possible.

“I never thought Hunter would come to work at the funeral home,” Norman said. “I always thought he would end up with some type of outside job, because he loves spending time outdoors. When he came to me and said that he was thinking about coming to work with me, I was pleased – very pleased.

“My grandfather started this business 74 years ago, and I think he’d be very happy to know we are continuing what he started,” he said.

“Hunter and I, we work together, hunt together,” he said. “We don’t always see eye-to-eye; we’re both headstrong,” Norman said. “But at the end of the day, as long as we say we love each other, that’s all there is to it.”

And who knows about the future. Today marks 17 weeks ago the Hobson family added its first member of the newest generation – Forest Hunter Hobson.

When asked if he hopes his son follows in his funeral director footsteps, Hunter, with a laugh, said, “I’d really like to watch him play ball somewhere, but it’s whatever makes him happy. If it’s working here, with us, that’s great, but if not, that’s OK, too.”