Affectionately called "Papo" (pronounced "pap-paw") by family and "Uncle Bob" by most, he was a most generous, hard-working & caring man.
He retired from the rayon plants in Elizabethton. In earlier years he worked on the railroad and in coal mines. He served with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He never learned to drive a vehicle. He lost sight in one eye and wore a glass one. He was a proud member of the local chapter of the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics (JrOUAM).
Bob was a caretaker of Blevins' Cemetery for many years and opened and closed many graves. His pet peeve was others using "his" tools and not putting them back and locking the shed you see as you enter the cemetery.
Bob's son, brother, uncles, parents & grandparents and other relatives are also buried in Blevins Cemetery.
Married December 28, 1912
[Chapel adorned with flowers]
"In my Father's House are Many Mansions"
Note: Bob's year of birth on headstone is incorrect.
Grave first one at entrance to cemetery. Profile currently maintained by Bob's great grandson, Keith. If you knew Bob and have any stories you can share or can add to his genealogy then please contact me. Page last updated May 2014.
Jennie Fletcher Hardin