DAUGHERTY, Robert Ray "Bobby," 85, of Quinton, Virginia, passed away in his sleep,, March 1, 2013, after battling cancer of the liver and Parkinson's disease. Bobby was born to the late James B. and Mary W. Daugherty in Big Stone Gap, Va. on May 18, 1927. The family then settled in Barton Heights and the Highland Park area. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Acree ( DES). Bobby was an original member of the Virginia Air National Guard serving for 38 years attaining the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He was a talented sheet metal machinist and welder at the Guard and started his successful business "DMF" at his home in 1979. Bobby enjoyed socializing at Club 149 with the guys, playing poker and, also enjoyed bowling, fishing and eating pizza on Sunday nights. He was a member of VAANG Retirees, American Legion Post # 144, and Providence United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Woodrow; two sisters Frances and Ruth. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joan LeCompte; son John, of Newport News, and daughter, Laurie, of Quinton; son and daughter Ray and Denese, of South Carolina; two sisters, Mary Roland and Barbara Layton, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday March 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave. where his funeral will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. with interment to follow in Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to Providence United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 118, Quinton, Va. 23141. The family thanks Dr. Fornaris, Glenda, Gaynelle, and Jennifer for their love and support during Bobby's tough fight to the very end.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.