Robert Leslie Hosford Jr.
1945 - 2020
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Robert Leslie Hosford, Jr.

Knoxville - Robert Leslie Hosford Jr. (Bob) went to his Lord and Savior on March 21, 2020 after a long, productive, joyful and well-lived life. He was born in Salina, Kansas on January 11, 1945 to Robert Hosford and Mary Margaret Moore Hosford, who preceded him in death.

Bob's beautiful life will forever be cherished by his family. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Britt Hosford, two sons, Robert Leslie Hosford III and Douglas Eugene (Karry) Hosford, and two stepchildren, Kristen Britt (Tim) O'Brien and Brian Patrick (Beth) Britt. Additionally, Bob has nine loving grandchildren; Britt O'Brien, Grace O'Brien, Margaret Britt, George Britt, Mary Katherine Britt, Jack Hosford, Walker Hosford, Abagail Hosford and Clara Hosford.

Bob graduated from Natchez High School in Natchez, Mississippi in 1963. He is also a graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. For over 30 years he practiced Christian family counseling in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a proud member of the Mississippi National Guard. After moving to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1998, he continued to consult with corporate management teams in Knoxville and Alcoa, Tennessee.

Bob and his wife, Cindy, were active members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. As a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, he was involved in many ministries and activities where he used his engaging personality, love for others, training and counseling skills to encourage others. He served for years as mentor, counselor, and teacher of the Pursuit Class comprised of many young adults who will miss him terribly, sponsored men's and couple's retreats, led a Cedar Springs Cancer Support group, worked as part of a Job Club team and "hung out" with his close friends, the ROMEOS - Retired Old Men Eating Out.

Bob was a natural born counselor and had the gift of positively impacting everyone fortunate enough to know him. Counseling, and mentoring those around him was his life's calling, and he loved ministering to those who were struggling in any way.

Bob, along with his wife Cindy, owned and managed Tanasi Lodge and the Dreamcatcher Cabin in Wears Valley, Tennessee, as well as a condo in Orange Beach, Alabama. The "Lodge" was Bob's retreat for ministering to his wonderful men's church group and the young people of the Pursuit Class.

A private family memorial service was held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Rose Mortuary Chapel in Knoxville, Tennessee. The service was led by Bob's dear friend, John Lyons, who related Bob's love for God, his faith in Christ, his heart for people and his service in ministering to so many Cedar Springs members, their families and friends. His deep love and compassion for all he knew will leave lasting memories, which would be his wish.

A Celebration of Bob's life will be held in the Cedar Springs Chapel in the near future, so that all his dear family and friends can join together to share Bob's contributions and impact on so many lives.

Bob's family and friends will miss him immensely. He finished this life well and left a legacy of leadership, kindness and love. He is celebrating in heaven, which he looked forward to with anticipation, joy and peace.

We rejoice in his hearing those words of promise - Well done good and faithful servant!

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2020.
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April 3, 2020
My college room beloved fraternity brother and friend...!!! I will miss you as long as I live.
March 29, 2020
One of the first things I came to know about Bob was his heart for others. He was a counselor and mentor to so many, myself included. I had the privilege of knowing him through Pursuit Sunday school class at CSPC for several years. He was always encouraging me through affirmation and humor. I'm grateful to have known dear Bob Hosford. ❤
Amanda Martin
March 29, 2020
Blessings to all of the family and especially Cindy. So sorry that his death occurred during these difficult days. May the sweet memories of him carry you through the weeks ahead.
Janet Bower
March 29, 2020
Bob meant a great deal to Jim and me, family, and friends. He will truly be missed by everyone! May he Rest In Peace, and those left behind find comfort in our great memories.

Janice Britt
Janice Britt
March 29, 2020
Austin Johnson
March 29, 2020
Many times we where able to talk , while I was working at one or the other lodges of yours , it was good to of shared our stories with each other. you will be missed by so many , and I know where your at with the Lord . Till we meet again in Heaven.
Jerry Lee McMillon
March 28, 2020
Bob and Cindy in Los Cabos
Joe DeFiore
March 28, 2020
Fishing in Los Canos
Jayne DeFiore
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