BETHUNE, Bobby Oliver, December 9, 1936 -May 16, 2013. Born in Georgia and growing up on Sand Mountain Bobby was one of 7 boys and 2 sisters. His father was a farmer and Bobby worked hard from an early age. Despite the hardship of his youth Bobby remained kind and nurturing to his brothers and sisters. Bobby's caring and generous soul never left him and he took joy in protecting and providing for his family and neighbors. Bobby served as a surface to air missile specialist in the US Army. After the service Bobby married Barbara Hatton and they proceeded to have two daughters, Sherry and Robin. Bobby built his career as an iron worker becoming an accomplished journeyman and foreman. He managed men constructing some of the largest structures in the country including US Airways Center and University of Phoenix Stadium. After retirement Bobby built his dream house in Peeples Valley on a knoll overlooking the valley and distant mountains. He spent his time caring for the birds and wildlife in the area, gardening, and most of all helping his neighbors. His skills in ironworking were frequently put to use helping neighbors fix or build something. Bobby accepted Christ early in his life and served him well throughout. His fervent study and love of the bible was an inspiration to him and those around him. Bobby always was faithful and active in his church community. After 51 years of marriage Barbara passed away in September 2012. Bobby is survived by his daughters, two granddaughters, Amanda and Ashley, and four great grandchildren, Lena, Travis, Nevaeh and Gabriel. Memorial service to be on June 8, 2013 at 11:00 am New Hope Worship Center 803 West Malhoney Street Plant City, FL 33563.
Published in TBO.com on Jun. 5, 2013.