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MOBLEY, ERNEST CHRISTOPHER "CHRIS" passed on September 17, 2013 after a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer's. He was resting comfortably at home with his loving wife and adored daughter by his side. He was preceded in death by his mother Gladys Jones Mobley and father Ernest Cramer Mobley, and sister Irene "Wickie" Reeder. He is survived by his wife, Olivia Jean; his daughter, Samantha Erin Mobley and partner Joffe Robert; sister, Agnes Walters and husband Leo Walters; brother, Michael Mobley; sister, Martha Mobley and her husband Lloyd Elliott; mother-in-law, Imogene Presson McDowell and husband Herman "Mac" McDowell; brother-in-law, Roger Presson and wife Christine West Presson; sister-in-law, Johnna McDowell Harris; and many precious and much loved nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. Born October 15, 1942 in Chattanooga, TN, Chris and his family traveled to various cities and states in early years, where his father hosted live radio for NBC, living briefly in Albuquerque with dad broadcasting from the Kimo Theatre. The young family settled in Elk City, OK where he spent his school days, graduated from high school in 1960, and attended college at Southwestern State in Weatherford, OK. Chris met and married Olivia Jean Presson in Oklahoma City, OK and they moved to Albuquerque, NM, their home since 1964. Chris managed and later owned Hale's Shoe Store in downtown Albuquerque, and was dearly loved by customers from near and far, who thought of him as a family friend, as he did them. Chris' much loved Elk City was a small farming and ranching town in western Oklahoma that had a huge impact as he grew into a young man. He learned the value of hard work and always had a job, beginning with a large paper route at only 10, and he worked many a farm harvest throughout the years. He worked for Cuthbert's Construction Co., and even Chris would agree destruction more correctly describes that time. He worked for Travis C Wright, who was legally blind but non-the-less flew Chris in his private plane throughout western Oklahoma to install neon signs, and later Chris and his cohorts drove managers J.C. Warsham and Delbert Mosley crazy when they all worked at United Food Store. There weren't many organized activities in Elk City, and as a teen he used to hunt, fish, swim in old fishing holes, siphon gas out of tractors, and get into loads of mischief along with his favorite accomplice, Don Buster, who was like a brother and remained a much loved life long friend. These experiences fed into the foundation of his strong character and work ethic -- and the geneses for so many stories. Chris learned the value of friendships and helping others, as his family was helped by church and community through dire times when Chris' father was diagnosed with TB and passed at a young age. Elk City was a pretty and close knit small town, with small town values and ethic that stayed with Chris always. Chris loved New Mexico and he and Jean often took road trips throughout the state, looking for a new river or lake to fish, picking through a deserted mining town, or just sitting on a stoop with a "local" of the town listening to their stories and of course sharing his. Camping and fishing mountain lakes became a big part of Chris' life, he loved getting away and he had a heartfelt connection with the quiet and beautiful places in the state. He was a big sports fan, played football and basketball in school years, but mostly he loved Lobo football and was a die hard fan from the get-go. He knew some of the players and staff from earlier years, and despite dire predictions he was always, always optimistic about the new season. He was the best "color guy" around for any football game, college or pro, and watching a game with him was like listening to Sports Illustrated. Chris was something of an aficionado of music and had an eclectic collection of vinyl going back to the '20s. He didn't just let you listen to his music, he insisted you had to listen, and afterward you left knowing something you didn't before and were more open to a vast amount of new venues. Many people may not have known that Chris was also a very gifted artist, which was affirmed by artists and teachers alike noting his exceptional "eye", and he would capture that certain spark in someone with his pen and ink sketches and drawings. Chris was a master story teller, and folks often stopped by his store just to visit and share old stories. In social gatherings ears were turned in his direction as he would entertain us all for the evening. Most people were captured by his wit and charm, and called him friend; he always had an outrageous story or two to tell, many based on his own experiences, and a barrel full of jokes from wacky to wicked. The stories he could tell, coupled with his unending humor made him a treasure to all. Chris was indeed a charismatic and amazing spirit and he will always, always be in our hearts. The family will receive his ashes and a memorial will be held at a later time. Donations can be made in his name to Zia Hospice Fund, 4811 Hardware, Suite 4, Albuquerque, NM 87109. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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