Tri-State Equipment’s Bryce Cobia Dies at Age 58

Fri September 17, 2010 - Southeast Edition

Mr. Bryce W. Cobia, 58, owner and operator of Tri-State Equipment and Cobia Auction Company, passed away Sept. 8, 2010.

Mr. Cobia attended Grimsley Senior High School and Chowan College. He was a member of the NC Auctioneers Association and Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA), a Shriner and a member of the Masonic Guilford Lodge 656 AF and AM.

An avid sportsman, he enjoyed the water, fishing, and hunting. But, Mr. Cobia’s true love and passion for more than 35 years was flying. He also spent much of his time enjoying the waters of the Shallotte River and the coast of North Carolina.

Mr. Cobia was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie “O.R” and Bobbie Cobia and a grandson, Hunter Reid Henderlite.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Cynthia Bell Cobia and his children: daughter, Tricia Cobia Henderlite and husband, Scott of Richmond, Va., son, Justin Cobia, and daughters, Lauren Cobia, Whitney Cobia, all of Greensboro, N.C. He had six grandchildren, Jonathan, Dakota, Logan, Nicholas, Brianna, and Addison. He also is survived by two step-children, Stephanie Bona Benton and husband, Randy of Cornelius, and Andrew Bona of Washington, D.C.

Mr. Cobia is survived by two brothers and their children, Robbin Cobia and wife, Sandy of Greensboro, their son Rob and daughter Smyth, and Grant Cobia of Atlanta, Ga., and his son Jonathan and daughter Elizabeth.

He leaves behind three loving Labradors, Bailey, Sailor, and Skipper.

A memorial service was held Sept. 11 at Peace United Church of Christ located at 2714 West Market Street.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405 or to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, 4525 W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27409.