James Edward


JAMES EDWARD DOBBS was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 1935. He moved into the Whitman Park neighborhood of Camden about 1971. The husband of Camden City Councilwoman C. Louise Dobbs, he was active in his community, serving on the public safety commission, the police advisory board, the Camden Renaissance advisory board, block captain, and as Second Ward committeeman. He was president of the United Neighbors of Whitman Park, which operated a community center at 1298 Chase Street. James Edward Dobbs passed away on June 5, 2004.


Community Leader James Dobbs Dies
Camden Officials Honor Him As A Tireless Worker


James Dobbs, a retired labor organizer and leader in the Whitman Park neighborhood, died Saturday, and was remembered by city leaders Monday as a man who loved his community. Councilwoman C. Louise Dobbs said her 71-year-old, Atlanta-born husband never gave up on his adopted city or neighborhood.

"Even when he saw himself failing, he continued to go," she said. "He just wouldn't stop."

Whether it was a neighborhood cleanup, or taking Frank's Meats and transforming it into a community center, Councilwoman Dobbs said her husband had a dream to restore the neighborhood he had lived in for 33 years.

"He would want everyone to remember him for what he tried to do and try to carry on with his dream to revitalize the neighborhood," she said.

James Dobbs wore a number of hats that ranged from planning board member to driver of his church's van. Council President Angel Fuentes said, "I really appreciate individuals who are actually retired and somehow try to give back to the community. You think once he retired, he would relax and take it easy. (In his case), it was exactly the opposite."

Dobbs' credits include serving on the public safety commission, the police advisory board, the Camden Renaissance advisory board, block captain, and second ward committeeman.

"Mr. Dobbs served the community with all his heart and he loved that (community center)," said Councilman Ali Sloan El. "And, he was truly in love with his wife. He talked about her all the time."

Councilwoman Dobbs said her husband would want to see the community center he spearheaded completed, noting only the front has been renovated.

"Those who have loved Camden are going to miss him," she said


Entered into eternal rest on Sat. June 5, 2004.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Honorable Councilwoman C. Louise Dobbs, 3 sons, Michael Dobbs (Karen), Dwayne Anderson, Terry Anderson, 3 step-sons, Jerome Foster (Joyce), Rev. Kevin Foster, and Stephen Foster and a host of grand and great grandchildren. Brother-in-law Ralph Roberts, Sr., 2 sisters-in-law, Gladys Roberts and Mildred Benson, nieces, nephews, cousins, many other relatives and good friends, Terry Jones, Minister Pat and Deacon Harold Stewart, Elmer Winston, Paul Arrington and many political friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2004 at 11:00am at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1198 Penn Street, Camden, NJ where friends and relatives may view at 9:00am. Interment at Harleigh Cemetery, Camden, NJ. Arrangements by BOYD FUNERAL HOME.