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Industry mourns former Cobia and Robalo owner

Edward Noah Atchley, former co-owner of Cobia Boats and later owner of Robalo Boats, died April 19 in Houston.

Edward Noah Atchley, former co-owner of Cobia Boats and later owner of Robalo Boats, died April 19 in Houston after battling lung cancer for a year and succumbing to pneumonia. He was 81.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Atchley worked his whole life in the marine industry, first for an engine company and then operating a marina in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. He then joined Cobia Boats, eventually becoming president and part-owner. He later acquired Robalo Boats.

Atchley always looked forward to the annual Robalo Owners’ Tournament, which was held in the Florida Keys or in Bimini, Bahamas, according to an obituary in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

After selling Cobia and a brief retirement, he joined the American Boatbuilders Association, allowing him to stay active in the industry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to MD Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at Berry Highland West at 9913 Sherrill Blvd. in Knoxville on Saturday at 5 p.m.; visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. There also will be a celebration of life at The Southern Railway Station in Knoxville at 8 p.m.

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