CALBERT, ROBERT W. SR., peacefully entered eternal life on February 5, 2013 surrounded by all those who loved him deeply. Robert was born in Shelbyville KY, on May 15, 1925 to Clinton and Ella Irene Wooten Calbert. At the age of 17, Robert joined the United States Navy, April 1943 through December 1945. He honorably served as a ship's cook during World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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After returning from the war, Robert married the love of his life, Frances Robinson on January 20th. Robert and Frances were happily married over 60 years.
Robert worked for the Corps of Engineers as a printing press operator for 38 years. He was instrumental in the hiring of many African American men who would not otherwise have employment opportunities at the Corps of Engineers. Robert was a faithful, committed, and long-standing member and deacon of the Plymouth Congregational United Church.
Robert was an avid tennis player and enjoyed playing at the infamous Chickasaw Park.
Robert is preceded by his mother; father; brother Clinton; nephew, Clinton III; grandson, Karlos Anthony; and great-grandson, Zion Marshall.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Robinson Calbert; and children, Lawrence (Beverly) Atlanta, Robert Jr. (Karen) and Janet Calbert Bishop (Fred); grandchildren, Dwight (Kimberly) Atlanta, Lynn Calbert Smith (Aaron), Lynnette Calbert Grant (Charlton), Lawrence Jr. (Rosalyn), Robert Marshall (Keja), Keith Marshall Jr., Angel Marshall Miller (Marcus), Joshua Bishop (Aureia), Justin Bishop, Gabriella Bishop, Kimberly Cooper (Gary), Kenneth Anthony, Demetrius Peterson (Gretorya), Kelly Thompson and Robert Calbert III; nephew, Ronald Calbert; and a host of great-grandchildren.
Robert bequeathed his body to the University of Louisville. Memorial services will be held, noon Saturday at Plymouth Congregational United Church, 1630 W. Chestnut St., 40203.
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Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 7, 2013