Despite the fact that she seldom could remember students’ names, few of her students will ever forget a math class under Dr. Mobley. She came early, stayed late and worked hard, demanding much of herself and expecting no less from her students.
She was born Jean Ewing Bellingrath, on March 13, 1927, in Norfolk, Va., the only child of the Rev. Dr. George Council Bellingrath and Margaret Ewing Shive Bellingrath.
As a child, she lived in Demorest and Rabun Gap, graduating from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee High School. She attended Agnes Scott College, then transferred to and graduated from Duke University in 1948. Subsequently, she received her master’s degree in education and Ph.D. in math education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1952 and 1960, respectively.
She was a member of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson. For many years she was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the international professional honorary society of women educators, and the North Carolina Association of Educators.
Her husband, C. Wade Mobley, who preceded her in death, was a coach and history teacher, then school principal and later county superintendent of schools. Jean taught math, biology and French in Bolivia, N.C., at Long Creek Grady School, one of Wade’s principalships. Later she headed the math department at Flora McDonald College in Red Springs, N.C., then at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, N.C., finally retiring as head of the math department of Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, N.C., in 1995.
She is survived by: a son, Larry Wade Mobley of Hendersonville, N.C., and daughter-in-law Caryl; a daughter, Julia Elizabeth Rodenbeck of Marietta and son-in-law William “Bill”; grandchildren, Lauren Mobley, Christianne Mobley, Christopher Mingledorff, Andrew Mingledorff, Brian Rodenbeck and Dorothy Rodenbeck; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at Williamston City Cemetery, Williamston, N.C., with the Rev. Dolan Baker, minister of Macedonia Christian Church, officiating.
A memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Lingle Chapel of Davidson College Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends in the church parlor after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Davidson College Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036; or The Pines at Davidson Support Group, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, NC 28036.