Family-Placed Death Notice
LAXSON, Robert Robert (Bob) Earl Laxson of Atlanta, GA, died peacefully in his sleep on June 28, 2013. A native Atlantan, Bob was born in 1922, the son of Wiltshire Laxson and Elizabeth DeNeice Laxson. He graduated from Tech High and soon after joined the U.S. Army
as a member of the Signal Corps in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where his expertise in Morse Code led him to become an instructor. As the war in Europe heated up he was sent to fight and was awarded a Bronze Star
for his valor. At the end of the war he returned to Atlanta to study finance at Georgia State College (now University). He began his working life at Rich's department store where his technical knowledge of communications equipment gave him a head start in the emerging television sales department. It was at Rich's that he began to notice Ruth Knight, also employed there. After several years of "noticing", he married her in 1953. Shortly afterward he left the department store to launch his career in commercial real estate, forming the business that became Central Properties with partners who were also lifelong friends. In the years leading up to the Olympics, Bob was instrumental in assembling the land for Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. Bob was an avid golfer and was known for his love of jazz, forming friendships with the significant jazz musicians of his time. In 1954 Bob and Ruth bought the house on Drew Valley that became a continual creative project. Bob formulated the paths for Ruth's garden and built the deck that overlooks her array of shrubs and flowers. In 1970 he utilized his creativity to build his wife a studio from found materials, later expanding her space for her etching press. In many other ways he was supportive of Ruth Laxson's art career, always enthusiastic about her successes, but teaching her as well by his generosity and loving spirit. He was preceded in death by his parents, his four brothers and a sister, as well as by his Alabama in-laws whom he loved as his own. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Ruth. A memorial service will be held at the 57th Fighter Group, 3829 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, on July 27th, from 2-4 pm. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society, 2260 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30009. (678)735-5500.