James "Greg" Cobb, Jr.

September 27, 1953 - December 06, 2018


James Gregory Cobb, Jr., 65, of Beaumont, died December 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, under the care of Harbor Hospice. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, he was born September 27, 1953, the youngest of the three children of the late Aleene Bernice and James Gregory Cobb, Sr. Greg attended Forest Park High School and Lamar University, where he was a proud member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. 

Greg happily made his life’s work as the owner and broker of Cobb Real Estate, Crystal Beach, for over thirty-five years. He was a lover of life and all it entailed, namely the beach, the Dallas Cowboys, his lucky number 27, trying new restaurants, Jimmy Buffett, Hawaiian shirts, taking vacations, and his family. He also loved celebrating his birthday, but quite often forgot about ours. He was obsessed with gadgets. He loved the latest and greatest of everything- which was only fueled by his love of Shark Tank. Paulette won’t be out of the woods from mysterious packages arriving on her doorstep for the next 7-10 business days. 

Greg is survived by his wife of twenty-four years, Paulette; his sons, James Gregory Cobb, III, of Los Angeles, California, and Tyler James Coco, his wife, Worley, of Beaumont; his daughter, Audrye Cobb Hodges, her husband, Chris, of Winnie; his grandchildren, Wyatt James Coco and John Oscar Coco, of Beaumont, and Charlotte Bernice Hodges of Winnie; his sisters, Dianne Cobb Walker, her husband, Haywood, and Patty Cobb Maida, her husband, Pete, all of Beaumont; his parents-in-law, B.B. and Larry Devillier; his brothers-in-law, Buddy Devillier, his wife, Sheri, and Dean Devillier, his wife, Pam, all of Winnie; his uncle, Howard Cobb of Beaumont; his aunt, Joy Busbee, her husband, Guinn, of Vidor; his eight nieces and nephews; and his twelve great-nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his mother and father, Greg was preceded in death by his daughter, Lauren Coco. 

After years of battling diabetes, kidney failure, a successful kidney-pancreas transplant, Hurricane Ike, and a devastating fire, Greg showed an incredible resilience. Unfortunately, last December brought the diagnosis of stage 4 renal cell carcinoma that ultimately took his life. 

Above all else, Greg was fiercely loyal, quick-witted, genuine, and a complete original. He will be remembered as a kind and devoted father, stepfather, grandfather, husband, brother, and friend. He will be greatly missed. 

A gathering of Papa Greg’s family and friends will be 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 10, 2018, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. 

The family wishes to thank, most of all, the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center team and the Kidney Institute of Houston for the beautiful gift of the last eleven years of Greg’s life. In addition, the family would like to thank the staff of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for the hope and care they provided, with special appreciation for the comforting guidance provided by the Acute Palliative Care Unit; Dr. Jim Kirby for his honesty and wisdom; and to the unwavering support system that has lifted us up throughout all of these years. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 2086, Crystal Beach, Texas 77650; or St. Anne Catholic School, 375 North 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702. 


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Sunday, December 09, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday, December 10, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (28)

  • Manuel,Donna Rizzotto and Family

    18 December 2018 at 15:32 | #

    Paulette, Tyler And Family. We were so very sorry to hear about your loss. So sorry you are having to go through a difficult time. We regret that we were unable to make the visitation or funeral as we were out of town.

    In Sympathy,

    The Rizzotto Family


  • Sidney Ann Pryor Coffee

    13 December 2018 at 22:32 | #

    Dianne and Patty, I am so, so sorry to hear about Greg. My mom died 4 days before and her funeral was yesterday. A little while ago was the first time I looked at Mama's obituary in the newspaper because just got copies yesterday, and just saw his. Had no idea. Please forgive me for not being in touch until now. Sending you love and my deepest condolences to you both and to Paulette and his entire family.


  • wendell holloway

    12 December 2018 at 04:53 | #

    I met Greg in the 6th grade. He was a great friend for all these years and for that I am very grateful.


  • Kathy Linder VanMeter

    11 December 2018 at 02:02 | #

    I hated to hear about Gregg. He was a great guy. WE went to school together and had some of the best times. He was one of my beat friends and we had some of the best times. Prayers for your family, I know they will miss you!


  • Mickey Phelan

    10 December 2018 at 19:06 | #

    Greg was a great Man and he and his Family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Barbara Economakos

    10 December 2018 at 15:54 | #

    It was my honor to have been able to know Greg Cobb it was also an honor to have worked for him. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Cobb family. I know that Greg will be missed.


  • Richard & Mary (Rizzotto) Keller

    10 December 2018 at 14:06 | #

    Paulette, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family during this most difficult time.


  • Mary Ellen Smith

    10 December 2018 at 07:29 | #

    Prayers to the family and safe journey to a dear old friend.


  • Peggy Sterling Scarborough

    10 December 2018 at 04:28 | #

    Patty, our FHS Class of ‘66 would like to extend our sincere condolences on the loss of your brother.
    Know you are being thought of by many during this difficult time.


  • Malcolm and Myrtle Lee

    10 December 2018 at 00:26 | #

    I never met Greg, but my son-in-law, Frank Maida, thought the world of him and that’s good enough for me. Condolences to the family.


  • Charles and Carlis Cole

    09 December 2018 at 20:45 | #

    Bolivar Peninsula will miss this truly great person. The Cole family sends condolences and prayers for family and friends.


  • Katy Jefferson

    09 December 2018 at 04:03 | #

    Such a sweet, fun, kindhearted and one of the silliest and funniest men in the world. Sending love and prayers for comfort and peace. I feel good knowing that Greg and Lauren are together and have some catching up to do!


  • Ruth Sonnier

    09 December 2018 at 01:54 | #

    Diane and Patty, I’m so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. I know he will be missed. He was such a sweet guy. I’ll remember all of you in my prayers.


  • Scott and Pam Shelander

    08 December 2018 at 23:10 | #

    We had the pleasure of knowing Greg for many, many years. Prayers for Paulette and the rest of his family. Just like his Dad, Greg had a loving heart.


  • Cathy Parigi Bailleaux

    08 December 2018 at 21:25 | #

    It was an honor to care for him before his transplant and also to see him again when I purchased my beach home. He had a great sense of humor, and was a pleasure to talk to. He even sent a condolence card when my father passed away. God bless!


  • Annie Martines Clary

    08 December 2018 at 21:11 | #

    Paulette- Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. We are so very sorry to hear this news. Hugs to you all.


  • Beth and Stuart Yoes

    08 December 2018 at 18:49 | #

    We love you so much uncle Greg. You were such a great role model, a wonderful uncle, and a kind spirit! You will be greatly missed by all but loved and remembered always!


  • Glenda Leger

    08 December 2018 at 17:30 | #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  • Bruce W Cobb

    08 December 2018 at 15:15 | #

    Only probably met him once when I lived on Crystal Beach. Nice man. Rest in Peace.


  • Connie Horner

    08 December 2018 at 12:46 | #

    I'm trying to find the words to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Greg. Back in 2005 he gave Keith and I a wonderful opportunity and we had 10 very fun and prosperous years at Cobb Real Estate. He was a great boss and despite all the physical issues over the years he never complained and always had a great attitude. He was a trooper!


  • Greg Fountain

    07 December 2018 at 23:20 | #

    Mr. Cobb was a Crystal Beach icon and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Cobb family including his work family.


  • Joey Singleton

    07 December 2018 at 22:00 | #

    Greg was my fraternity brother in college. A great guy and we remained friends until his passing. He sold my parents beach house in 1996. He always told me, if you ever miss the beach, call me because I have plenty of rentals, and after a couple of weeks, you will get the beach out of your system for another year. Prayers to the family.



    07 December 2018 at 21:38 | #

    Greg was good guy, my prayers go out to his family. God Bless


  • Neil & Candy Spiller

    07 December 2018 at 19:43 | #

    Deepest condolences to Greg's family and to everybody at Cobb Real Estate. Greg was a great guy, always pleasant and positive. He will be truly missed by the real estate community in Crystal Beach.


  • Blanca

    07 December 2018 at 15:39 | #

    Greg was such great guy! Cobb Family, can't find words to express how sadden we all feel. To loose such a wonderful boss who was so dear to me, Father figure, and a friend. Our office mourns your loss.


  • Brenda and Mac McDonald

    07 December 2018 at 02:27 | #

    Great guy, rip


  • Ken Mccurtain

    07 December 2018 at 01:53 | #

    I new Greg throughout my college Years, and really thought he was a super guy. He always treated everybody the same and was a very good leader. I'm sorry for his family.


  • Kelli Untermeyer

    06 December 2018 at 22:00 | #

    Cobb Family - Words however kind, can’t mend your heartache, but those who care and share your loss, wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. My boss, my friend, my mentor you will be greatly missed.


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