Robert Emmett Hoskins
GALVESTON — Robert Emmett Hoskins passed away on Monday, September 9, 2013. He was born on November 29, 1941 to Leroy and Vernelle Hoskins in Clay, Texas. They moved to Galveston where he attended public schools and graduated from Central High in 1960. He enjoyed playing the sousaphone and was the Student Council President. He enrolled in Texas Southern University and received a B.S in 1964.After enlisting in the Air Force, he had assignments in Oklahoma City, New York, Vietnam, and Louisiana before his honorable discharge.
In 1968, he returned to the Island and worked for GISD and then Community Action Council while enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975 and enjoyed practicing law. Community activities included Bay Area Scouting, Family Service, GHF, GC Foundation, Rotary Club, NAACP, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, and Old Central Cultural Center from the inception as the first President. Awards have included Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver, and others from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Religious activities were a priority at Macedonia Baptist Church, where he has been a member since childhood. For the past 42 years, he has served as a Deacon in addition to many other church activities.
Family was a priority so time was spent on soccer, Little League baseball, karate, PTO, and political activities as precinct chair and election judge. Travelling and photograpy were hobbies.
Mr. Hoskins is survived by the lady who he met on the beach in Galveston in 1959 and married in OK City in 1966. In addition to his wife, Billie Marshall, other survivors are sons: Rory (Monique) of Forest Park, IL, Marc (Tatiana) of Austin, siblings: Carolyn Softly, Jeannette Malveaux (Andrew) of Houston, Gerald Hoskins (Laverne) of Dickinson, Grandchildren: Robert Emmett, Jasmine Zora, Jesse Leroy, and Eli Joseph Hoskins. He also has a maternal aunt, Eleanor Nickerson, of Houston. His nephew, Jerome Stanley (Tanya & Cassius) of Encino, CA, Sister-in-law, Deborah (Donald, Kyle, Ryan) Burnett of Gardena, CA, Wayne Brown, Washingtons of Dallas, Williams and Malveauxs of Houston, Hoskins of Pearland and Friendswood, DeBoses of Sugarland, Ransoms of AZ, Softlys of Italy and San Diego have provided many pleasant memories.
Visitation will be Friday, September 13, 2013 at Wynn Funeral Home , 2-7 p.m. Wake 7-8 p.m. Celebration of life service will be Saturday, September 14,2013 11 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 2920 M 1/2 , Galveston. Private burial will be at Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Cultural Center or Rosenberg Library.