Robert Loyd Scobey, Jr.
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Robert Loyd Scobey, Jr., age 93, Professional Engineer of Brentwood, Tenn., died Feb. 22, 2014. The funeral will be Saturday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Martin Center (Fifty Forward Center) at 960 Heritage Way, Brentwood. A visitation beginning at 10 a.m. will precede the service, and the family will greet guests afterward. A Family Graveside Service will be at Spring Hill Cemetery.
A native and lifelong Nashvillian, Mr. Scobey was born Nov. 4, 1920, to Robert Loyd Scobey, Sr. and Effie Corinne Spence Scobey, and lived most of his life in East Nashville. The Scobey family came to Middle Tennessee following the Revolutionary War, and Mr. Scobey, an authentic "southern gentleman" deeply identified with Tennessee and the South. History, especially Civil War history, military strategy and church history, was a beloved topic of study.
The Scobey family was deeply intertwined with the American Restoration Movement (Stone/Campbell Movement), and Mr. Scobey was a vital part of Chapel Avenue Church of Christ, Nashville, which his family co-founded, from infancy until his 80s. For decades he was an elder at Chapel Avenue. In recent years he was a member of the Brentwood Church of Christ.
A member of the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees for many years, he was a graduate of David Lipscomb High School and David Lipscomb College. Mr. Scobey graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1943 with a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering. He was a Professional Engineer and was later certified as a structural engineer. He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant JG, attending Midshipmen's School at Columbia University.
Following the war, he returned to Nashville and founded R.L. Scobey and Son construction company with his father. They first built homes, then numerous schools, churches and commercial buildings in Middle Tennessee and throughout the South. Major projects included 100 Oaks Shopping Center, the first enclosed shopping mall in Middle Tennessee, and Starwood Amphitheater. He was also the builder and owner of Temple Hills Golf and Country Club in Williamson County for many years. In mid-life, Mr. Scobey was an early adopter of computers and became a highly skilled, self-taught computer programmer. After college, he had worked as an inventor with Radio Corporation of America (RCA), Indianapolis, launching a lifelong interest in creative work.
He is survived by his loving wife Mauveline; four children: Lola Scobey, Portland, OR; Lindy (Ken) Adams, Oklahoma City, OK; Robert Loyd (Debra) Scobey III, Franklin, TN; and Corinne (Steve) Nace, Germantown, TN; eight grandchildren: Elliott Adams, Elizabeth (Joe) Adams Ferguson, Robert (Ruth) Scobey; Andrea (Zeke) Scobey Watkins; Angela (Nathanael) Scobey Fedor; Evan Nace, Lydia Nace and Spence Nace; five great-grandchildren: Westley and Emmalee Watkins, Lola and Cecelia Fedor, and Walter Scobey; sister Mary Emma Scobey Reneau, Celina, TN; sister-in-law Ellen Scobey; nieces; and nephews, Mary Loyd Reneau, Marilyn (Joe) Scobey Swing, Dave (Marilyn) Scobey, Carol (Tom) Scobey Price, and Stan (Mary Del) Scobey, and many other family members.
He was preceded in death by his adored wife of 45 years, Marjorie Williams Scobey; his parents; brother, John David Scobey; sister-in-law Juanita Eagan Scobey; brother-in-law James Houston Reneau, Jr.; nephew, James Houston Reneau, III; niece, Corinne Reneau McLerran, and granddaughter Meredith Shelby Adams.
Mr. Scobey's grandsons will serve as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers are the surviving members of the Mardi Amis and Bluebirds, lifelong groups of Lipscomb and Chapel Avenue friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice, Nashville, TN; World Christian Broadcasting, Franklin, TN; and the Music Performance Endowment, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK. Please sign online guestbook at AustinFuneralService.com. (615)377-0775
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Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 27, 2014