Jerry Stephen Mobley
Jerry Stephen Mobley was born in Tarboro in 1955. He approached life as a wonderful journey, a gift worthy of study, consideration, and respect. Steve followed his bliss, and life opened its doors to him. He was an agribusinessman and owner, with his wife Martha, of Meadow Lane Farm in Louisburg. Agriculture was the thread that ran through all his work. As a young man in 1974, he received three National AQHA All-Around honors and captured the Youth Register of Merit, riding proudly on the horse “Whit’s Lucky Bob.”
A magna cum laude graduate of N.C. State University with a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State, Steve went on to work for the N.C. Department of Agriculture as a livestock (equine) marketing specialist. He retired from the state in 2006. In recent years he was dedicated to work and service at the Durham Farmers Market where he served as President of the Board of Directors and as a board member. He loved his customers and especially loved to encourage and guide small farmers. Steve was a producer and owner of champion Australian shepherd dogs, horses, beef cattle, and meat goats. He was a philosopher in his own right, enjoying poetry and words of wisdom. He read widely and studied North Carolina history, and he took time to reflect on the world around him. An avid gardener, he took great joy in cooking and entertaining for family and friends, to whom he was devoted.