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Dale Thomas Cobb, Jr.

August 27, 1948 — April 11, 2024


Dale Thomas Cobb Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of April 11, 2024, at the age of 75. A longtime Lowcountry resident, Dale lived in Hanahan with his wife, Lindsay, at the time of his death. 

Family Details

Dale is preceded in death by Shirley Cobb (Mother), Dale Cobb Sr. (Father), Gary Cobb (Brother), and William Cobb (Brother).

Dale is survived by Lindsay Cobb (Spouse), Erin Cobb (Daughter), Francis "Corky" Deer (Son-in-law), Thomas Cobb (Son), Sarah Van Winkle (Daughter-in-law), Penelope and Margaret Cobb (Granddaughters), James Cobb (Brother), Tracy Cobb (Sister-in-law), Travis and Brandon Cobb (Nephews), Kamilah Marie Cobb (Brandon's wife), Liam Cobb (Brandon & Kamilah's son), Brianna and Khloe Cobb (Brandon & Kamilah's daughters).


Dale was born on August 27th, 1948, to Shirley Youngman Cobb and Dale Thomas Cobb Sr. of West Babylon, Long Island, New York. "Bud', as his parents called him, grew up with his two younger brothers, William "Bill" and James "Jim". His older brother, Gary, died in infancy of pneumonia. His father's career took their family from New York City to San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico then to Central, South Carolina where he graduated from D W Daniel High School at the age of 16. 

He studied history and Spanish at Clemson University, where he met and began dating Jane Christina "Chris" Nelson. Graduating in 1969, he and Chris both moved to the University of South Carolina- he for law school, she for art school- and they married in 1970. After receiving his Juris Doctor and passing the bar in 1972, he served as a second lieutenant at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA, where he and Chris had two children, Thomas (1973) and Erin (1974). After completing his army service, the family moved to the Isle of Palms and he started work as an assistant Public Defender in Charleston County, eventually rising to Director. Dale then entered private practice, where he was acclaimed locally and nationally as an exceptional Lawyer of Criminal Law, breaking new ground in capital punishment and domestic violence defense. 

Dale was frequently sought after to teach Criminal law and procedure by the SC Bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Defense College. Given Dale's wit, big voice, generous laugh and mischievous sense of humor, he saw numerous successes in the courtroom and was loved and respected in both his professional and personal lives. He was an accomplished attorney and a delightful Santa Claus. 

In 1989, he remarried Lindsay Wolfe, a teacher at Moultrie Middle School and an avid western horseback rider. They made a home for themselves and their horses in Mt Pleasant, SC for nearly two decades. They relocated to Jamestown, Tennessee, and enjoyed the miles of horseback trails in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area.

He loved sports and the outdoors, including golfing, biking, windsurfing around Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island, and following his beloved Clemson Tigers through the football season. Dale later discovered "cowboy shooting" in which one adopts a western persona, dresses in period costumes and competes in target shooting competitions. Dale's alias, Country Lawyer, was a nod to Mark Twain, a favorite writer.

Dale also loved listening to and performing music, singing, and playing acoustic and electric guitar. He listened to a wide range of artists and collected various musical instruments: guitars, drums, bass, banjo and more. You could reliably find him singing along to the radio, or humming tunes and drumming beats with his fingers while he worked. 

Dale, or 'Gopaw' to his grandchildren, lived his life to the fullest professionally and personally. Those who knew him as family or friend will miss him deeply.

Memorial Information

  • Dale didn't want a funeral, but requested a party at a place that he loved. 

  • Bowen's Island Restaurant 
  • 1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
  • Sunday, June 30th
  • 2-5 pm 

  • Bowen's Island is a unique experience; first timers should see their website to get a feel for it.

  • Casual attire suggested
  • Hawaiian shirts encouraged


  • Donations in memory of Dale may be made to:

  • World Central Kitchen
    WCK is first to the frontlines, providing fresh meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.

    Pet Helpers 
    Committed to saving every adoptable cat and dog who can be saved.

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