Robert Franklin Mashburn

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Mr. Robert Franklin "Bobby" Mashburn, 79, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Collier-Butler Funeral Home Chapel, 824 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden, Alabama. His grandsons, Rev. Corey Joseph Burns and Mr. Cody Mashburn Burns will officiate with burial to follow at Seven Springs Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening April 26, 2016 at the funeral home. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing. Mr. Mashburn affectionately known as Bobby, was born to Frank and Lillian Mashburn in Cherokee County, Alabama. Bobby was a self-proclaimed "jack of all trades". If something needed to be done or fixed Bobby could do it. Shortly after having children, Bobby and Jewell moved to Detroit, Michigan to go to work during the booming era of the automobile industry. Bobby worked for Ford Motor Company and Jewell worked for Diamler-Chrysler. While in Detroit the family witnessed some of the worst moments of the Detroit race riots and after careful consideration they moved back to Jacksonville, Alabama. The Mashburns also lived a short time in Texas. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, Bobby and Jewell dipped into the restaurant industry. They had a Mexican Restaurant and Mashburn Family Restaurant in Jacksonville. After that period of time, Jewell went to work at Springs in Piedmont and Bobby worked as a plumber, a maintenance supervisor for the City of Jacksonville, maintenance personnel at Jacksonville Health and Rehab and several other handy-man jobs. In the late 1990's, Bobby's son David established and opened a catering service called Classic Catering. During this time, both Jewell and Bobby, as well as the rest of the family, worked in the catering shop in Jacksonville as the business began to grow. A few years later, David and Cathy opened Classic on Noble in Anniston, where Jewell and Bobby devoted their time. Bobby was very well known for his breakfasts and became a staple at the restaurant during Sunday brunch and special holidays, offering a made to order breakfast station. He especially enjoyed children to order and watch in amazement as he flipped the omelets in the pan. Bobby will forever be missed for his "what you see is what you get" personality, his kindness, and most of all his love for his family. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lillian Mashburn; brothers, Ed Mashburn and George Hughes; and sister-in-law, Fay Mashburn. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jewell Clark Mashburn, of Jacksonville; children, Mary Wisdom, of Jacksonville, David Mashburn and his wife, Cathy Mashburn, of Anniston, Brenda Mashburn Burns and her husband, Billy Burns, of Nances Creek and Lyn Mashburn and his wife, Mel Mashburn, of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Crystal Mashburn, of Anniston, the Rev. Corey Joseph Burns (Billie Jo), of Weaver, Cody Mashburn Burns, of Nances Creek, Kayla Lynn Mashburn, of Piedmont, Zachary Ty Mashburn (Adam), of Jacksonville, and Ashlyn Mashburn, of Jacksonville; great-granddaughter, Bailey Elizabeth Burns, of Weaver; great-grandson, Noah Drake Bolton, of Piedmont; great-grand-dog, Manolo; and his beloved cat, Rodney; brother, Ellis Mashburn (Jenny), of Saks; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Allen Mashburn, Eddy Mashburn, Randy Parris, Donald Ray Clark, Kyle Burgess and Bobby Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Classic on Noble, Classic Too, and Classic at the Anniston Country Club. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Collier-Butler Funeral Home, Jim and Tammie Thompson, Koven L. Brown, Gail Keenum and Patty with New Beacon Hospice, Wayne and Sarah MeCurry and Halls Chapel Worship Center. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Anniston Star on Apr. 26, 2016
Arrangements under the direction of:
Collier-Butler Funeral Home
824 Rainbow Drive | Gadsden, AL 35901 | (256) 543-2140
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