"Bob" as he was known, was born Oct. 4, 1932 in Bono, Ark., he was the son of John Franklin and Maude Lamb. He had two sisters, Inez Baker and Tomazine DeLong, who both preceded him in death.
On Dec. 20, 1953, he was joined in marriage to Jolene Helms, at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ark. Bob is survived by his wife, Jolene; his only daughter, Rendy Lightfoot and her husband, Stephen, of Kennett, and granddaughters, Jobeth Roberts and her husband, Allen, of Kennett and Stacey Fitzpatrick and husband, Daniel, of Ashland, Mo., and a great-grandson, Lance Roberts, of Kennett.
Bob is a 1950 graduate of Kennett High School, a 1954 graduate of Arkansas Sate University and received his doctorate degree in educational administration from the University of Mississippi in 1976. He also served his country in the Army Corps of Engineers and as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Bob served for 31 years in the Kennett Public School System, where he taught seventh grade science. He was very active in the Kennett Rotary Club, where he was former president and was the member with the most years of perfect attendance. He was assistant to Rotary Governor for district 6060. He was also a Paul Harris Fellow within the organization. He was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Kennett since 1961, and has served on the deacon board, in the choir, and as Sunday school superintendent. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, traveling, spending time with his family, whom he cherished, and learning the "ins and outs" of ever-changing technology. He was dearly loved by many and remembered by all as a sweet, gentle and godly man.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Ed Jansson officiating.
Burial was in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers were Royce Helms, Dr. Roger Helms, Bill Hook, Randy Morgan, John Tant, Tommy Lyons, Jason Scherer and Keith Mitchell.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Kennett Rotary Club and the First Baptist Church choir.
Memorials may be made to the Rotary Club Scholarship Fund or the First Baptist Church Choir Fund, 300 St. Francis, Kennett, Mo. 63857.