* James Earl Mobley
James Earl Mobley was born August 2, 1923, on the farm his great grandparents started in the early 1800s near Shorterville. He grew up on the farm and finished high school in Henry County. Prior to World War II, he worked briefly making B-29 bombers in California, then later served in the Navy during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.
When he returned to Shorterville after the war, Mr. Mobley began building what has become one of the state’s premier peanut operations. Though he and his sons grow other crops, the Mobley name is synonymous with peanuts in the Wiregrass.
In addition to farming, Mr. Mobley has been active in the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama, southeastern, and national peanut grower groups. He has been president of the Alabama Peanut Growers Association since 1965 and a member of the board of directors since 1961. Mr. Mobley is currently treasurer of the National Peanut Council. In 1956, he began working with the Alabama Farmers Federation and currently serves as one of four statewide vice presidents of the Federation.
Mr. Mobley and his wife, Nancy, still live on the family farm, which he operates with his three sons, Jimmy, Albert, and John. His daughter, Cynthia, who also lives on the farm, works for an agribusiness company in Henry County.
The Mobley family has strong Auburn ties. In addition to his work with Auburn through the Alabama Peanut Growers Association, two of Mr. Mobley’s sons graduated from Auburn, and a grandson, James Earl Mobley III, plans to enroll in Auburn’s College of Engineering in the fall of 1994.