Robert L. Fodrey Sr. VIRGINIA BEACH - Robert Lance "Bob" Fodrey Sr. passed away in the comfort of his home and went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, March 27, 2011. He was born Dec. 17, 1918 and was a native of Norfolk but made his home in the Virginia Beach area. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Geraldine E. "Gerry" Fodrey; three sisters and eight brothers. He is survived by his three children, a son, Robert L. Fodrey Jr. and his wife Eleanor of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Bobbye Francis Young of Auburn Maine, Patricia F. Rathbun and her husband Bob of Virginia Beach; seven grandchildren, Sheri, Cathy, Bobbye Ann, Tracy, Dana, Paul and Robbyn; 13 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, George Fodrey of Louisville, Ky. Bob retired as director of the U.S. Navy?s Regional Office of Civilian Manpower Management in Norfolk with 41 years of federal service. Mr. Fodrey began his civilian personnel career in 1939. In April 1944 he was furloughed to enter the United States Navy in World War II. In December 1945, he was restored to his former position. He worked in various capacities at the Naval Supply Center, ultimately becoming deputy personnel director before leaving in 1960. In 1966, he was district civilian personnel director at the Fifth Naval District when the Navy reorganized civilian personnel management and established the Office of Civilian Personnel Management with eight regional offices. At that time, Mr. Fodrey was selected as director of the Regional Office Civilian Manpower Management (ROCMM) in Norfolk. Following several other reorganizations, the name was changed to Southern Field Division and included 15 states in the southeastern area of the United States, in addition to Bermuda, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Canal Zone. A high school dropout during the depression, he received his high school diploma with honors from Matthew Fountaine Maury High School in June 1946. He enrolled in the Norfolk Division of William and Mary, receiving a BS degree in business administration in 1957. Interested in pursuing his master?s in personnel management, he persuaded officials at George Washington University to establish a graduate program on the naval base and he proceeded to attain his master?s degree. Bob was very active and supportive of his church family at Bayside Baptist Church. He was a deacon, chairman of deacons, deacon emeritus, Sunday school teacher, served on the Board of Directors Norfolk Baptist Association. He was on the Board of Directors Virginia Baptist Hospital Lynchburg, Va., 1966-1974. Bob was also a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity where he helped to raise funds and construct homes. Bob loved his family, church family, and his fellow man. His service noted above to his country and his vocation denotes the type of man Bob was; caring, compassionate, professional and above all placing his trust in the Lord. He loved his ODU Monarchs and Lady Monarchs. He also loved to keep abreast of world events and was found on many occasions glued to the news channel. The family wants to give a special Thank You to his caregivers, Doris, Karen and Rhonda for all the love and special care they gave him. Family visitation will be held at Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30. A celebration of Bob?s life will be held March 31 at 2 p.m. in Bayside Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fodrey Alumni Scholarship Endowment, c/o Old Dominion University, 212 Koch Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529-0026, or to a charity of one?s choice. You may offer your condolences to the family at www.kellumfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 29, 2011