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Robert Eulace SETTLE III


1947 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Robert Eulace SETTLE III Obituary
SETTLE, III, Robert Eulace 1947-2017 In the year since Rob Settle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he barely missed a beat. He was the best man at his son's wedding, welcomed the birth of his third grandchild the family's first girl in 130 years (as shown on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir) and celebrated holidays with his family at home, Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina, and at their getaway house on Lake Hartwell. He hunted with his two boys in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. On August 8, he celebrated his 70th birthday with his family at home. He died there surrounded by them on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Despite undergoing chemotherapy and radiation during this time, his funny jokes never faltered; his ability to engage friends and strangers was as enthusiastic as ever often with stories some had heard over and over. As he showed no visible signs of losing ground, friends were mostly unaware of his illness. Robert Eulace Settle III born August 8, 1947 in Lexington, Kentucky was the only child of Frances Rowland and Robert Eulace Settle, Jr. When the family moved to Atlanta, Rob entered the Lovett School in the 7th grade, thus beginning a lifetime of devotion and support. He played football and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He became president of the Alumni Board before serving several terms as a trustee, becoming very involved in the planning and construction of the current campus. Eventually he earned the distinction of Trustee Emeritus. "Who knew I would become emeritus anything!" he would say. Rob attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina but after what he called "an unsuccessful year," he transferred to Oglethorpe University. While there, he coached one of the intramural girls' softball teams. He returned to Presbyterian where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and graduated on time with his class in 1969, with a major in psychology. Months later, he married Kay Boggs, the second "baseman" of that Oglethorpe team. Rob began work in the management training program at C&S Bank and from there went into real estate development with several small firms until launching his own: R.E. Settle Co., focusing on residential development. He tried retiring but Kay persuaded him to partner with her at Harry Norman for a number of years, a move he called "a work in progress." Kay and Rob's life was centered around family and close friends. For years, he hosted annual Thanksgivings and roasted oysters in backyard. He loved reading history, especially about the Civil War, and often attended literary events at Lovett. He was thrilled to get a sneak peek at the Atlanta History Center's installation of Cyclorama. From his dad, who was the wildlife artist for the state of Kentucky, Rob learned to draw. Due to being colorblind, he was particularly adept at black-and-white, pen-and-ink drawings. Beginning in 1969 and until the boys were mostly grown, he drew the family Christmas cards trees, the boys, gifts and dogs which were sent out far and wide. He also inherited his dad's love of nature, the deep-rooted source of his spirituality, and particularly enjoyed his family farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay where he taught his sons the same love of the out-of-doors. Since the late 1970s, the Lake Hartwell house was a great source of family pleasures tubing and skiing and rituals, like firing up a "cocktail canon" to signal the start of happy hour, and shooting countless photographs of spectacular sunsets. Rob, true to his Kentucky heritage, enjoyed small-batch bourbons. In addition to his wife, Karen "Kay" Boggs Settle, Rob is survived by his two sons: Robert Eulace Settle IV (Jill Ann), who lives in East Cobb and William Rowland Settle (Kelen), of Bluffton, South Carolina. There are three grandchildren: Rob's son Jackson Sterling Settle; and Will's son, Rowland Thomas Settle, and daughter, Carter Louise Settle. Rob's cousin, Elizabeth Post, and his second cousin Jamie Post, both of Winston-Salem, and his second cousin Tom Post, of Russellville, Arkansas, also survive him. Rob's beloved chocolate Lab, Samson, who slept by his side for the past year, will especially miss him. As an only child, Rob was drawn to Kay's larger family who will remember the good times they had at that family's farm in Little Texas Valley, Georgia: Judith "Judy" Boggs Coleman (Don), Katherine "Katie" Copeland (Patrick), James Donald Copeland, Jane Parr (Bill), Elizabeth O'Neil Parr, Grady Vernon Boggs (Tina), Jacob Grady Boggs and Erin Marie Boggs all of Atlanta. Rob was a member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club and Trinity Presbyterian Church. He was most proud of his lifelong alignment with the Lovett School. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 20 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Atlanta Lab Rescue, P.O. Box 250206, Atlanta, GA 30025 or Atlantalabrescue.com; or Destroy Pancreatic Cancer, launched by his friend John Couvillon who died in May of the same disease: 1455 Lincoln Parkway, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30346 or destroy pancreatic cancer.org.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 17, 2017
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