HENDERSONVILLE - Robert "R.F." Franklin Maybin walked to his Savior's arms surrounded by his family Friday February 28, 2014, at the Elizabeth House. He was born Robert Franklin Elias Warren George Harden Maybin June 7, 1923, on Pinnacle Mountain to Hicks and Mary Staton Maybin. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, brothers, Grant, Lincoln, LaFayette "Fate" and Columbus "Buck" Maybin, a sister Nellie Maybin Coggins, a son-in-law Leland Osteen, a great grandson Conner Maybin, and step mother Katie Holcombe Hammond Maybin Shirlin.
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Mr. Maybin was a veteran of World War II where he proudly contributed his service to his country in the U.S. Army assigned to the 385th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in Europe sharing a bond with lifelong friends he seldom missed a reunion to see. Upon returning from the war, he met and married the love of his life Sollie Emily Cox. Together they worked and fought hard to provide a Christian home for their four children.
R.F., as he was known by his friends and family, retired from Cranston Print Works and was a farmer for life. He never retired from farming; he just slowed down until his body just would not cooperate. In his later years, you would find him on Saturday mornings during the summer at the Henderson County tailgate market selling produce from his downsized fields where he loved to work and sing songs (that no one else knew the words to half the time) above the roar of his tractor.
R.F. was a member of Mountain Valley Baptist Church where he served at different times as janitor, Sunday school teacher and song leader. Mr. Maybin lead by example making sure his family understood the importance of attending church and sharing the love of Christ by how you treat strangers family and friends. He was a tough man who never feared hard work and was not afraid to strongly encourage his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to learn how to face it head on whether they liked it or not. His greatest earthly accomplishment was his vast wealth of family and friends all of whom he never had to tell he loved, of which he earned by his smile and appreciation of their presence.
He is survived by his wife, Sollie, Daughter: Nola Osteen Catlin and husband, Jeff and their children, Emily, Shannon, Warren; Son: Timothy Maybin and wife, Wanda and their children, Jeremi, April, Amber; Son: James "Jimmy" Maybin and wife, Gilda and their children Jessica, Justin; and Son: Larry Maybin and wife Amy and their children Josh, Nicole; brother Michael "Mickey" Maybin; and sisters Jeanette Gordon, Etta Vaughn and Louise Hudson, 19 great grandchildren and blessing of many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Mountain Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Shannon Owen officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Pearson Cemetery. The body will lie in repose at the church thirty minutes prior to the service. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carolina Baptist Association, 601 Hebron Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739, designated for Baptist Children's Home of NC.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Times-News from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2014