LAVOY, Robert W. "Bob" & "Papa" 84, of The Grand Court in Tampa, passed away on Dec. 18, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Sarah Jane Lavoy. Mrs. Lavoy was a member of the original faculty of Robinson High School, where she taught Senior English for 26 years prior to her retirement. Bob was also preceded in death by his parents Roy L. and Gertrude Lavoy, of Aurora, IL, and his sister Marge Benter, of Columbia, SC. Bob is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Fries, of Las Vegas and Bobbie Schofer, of Seffner; 4 grandchildren, Sara Schofer, Amanda Fries, Timothy Fries and Garrison Fries; 2 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Ella Fries; and a nephew Robert Benter of Columbia, SC. Bob graduated from East High in Aurora, IL. While there, he was president of the student council and president of the Boys Club. As a member of the basketball team, Bob lead the Big 8 Conference in scoring an average of 21.2 points per game. He was the first basketball player in the schools history to be named to the First Team Allstate and was the first player to be put into their Hall of Fame. After high school Bob put in for volunteer induction in the Army and served two years with the 11th Armored Division "A" Troop 41st Calvary Recon during the Battle of The Bulge. Upon returning from service, Bob mad a brief stop at the Univ. of Illinois, and then went on to play basketball for Western Kentucky University. Bob was named the MVP his senior year and was named All-American. He was also the 4th leading scorer in the nation. After the university, he was the number one pick of Indiana Olympians. He played for Indianapolis for three years and scored more points in a single game than any other member in the team's history. Bob then went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals where the team won the Eastern Division Championship, defeating Boston on St. Patrick's Day. He was the leading scorer for Syracuse. After four years in the NBA, bob went on to coach basketball in KY and OH, and then became head basketball coach at the Univ. of Tampa, where he spent the next seven years. Bob then went to work for the Hillsborough County Department of Social Services, becoming the manager of the Plant City Neighborhood Service Center for 23 years before his retirement. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. May the good Lord welcome Bob home.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 21, 2010