Robert Clair Etnire

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A celebration of the life of Robert Clair Etnire will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the King Parlor at the church. Mr. Etnire, of Anniston, died May 11 at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center. He was 96. Mr. Etnire's life was marked by his love of his family, and his service to his country and community. Like many of the "Greatest Generation," he was shaped by World War II: He survived the invasion of Normandy on D-Day and received the Bronze Service Award; he fell in love with Joan Walmsley, a young British woman he met in England at a dance, and they were married 71 years; he returned home, had a family, worked in business and helped his community wherever he lived. Mr. Etnire's concise Thanksgiving prayer summed up his feelings: "Lord, we do not understand the mystery of the universe, but we do understand the love of family." Thanksgiving also was an occasion where Mr. Etnire's excellent singing voice often was heard in a lively rendition of the "Whiffenpoof" song. He and Joan, who survives him, had three children: his daughter, Pamela Fite and her husband, Arthur, of Anniston; his sons, Michael Etnire and his wife, Gayle, of Leawood, Kan., and Geoffrey Etnire and his wife, Susan Goldberg, of Chevy Chase, Md. They had six grandchildren: Todd Dart, David Etnire, Kelly Heine, Michelle Etnire, Freeman Fite, and Colin Etnire; and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Etnire was active in the community, and worked especially hard to improve schools and help children. He was a member of the Anniston City Council and the Anniston Board of Education. He also was active in the Rotary Club, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts, and served at a Senior Warden at Grace Episcopal Church. Mr. Etnire was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ruth Etnire, and his sister, Margaret Ann Schroeder and her husband, Robert Schroeder. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1971, Anniston, AL 36202. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 256-231-2334
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K.L. Brown Memory Chapel
620 Golden Springs Road
Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star from May 15 to May 17, 2015
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