February 20, 1930 ~ August 10, 2019

Born in: Benton, IL
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Bob McAfoos of Asheville, NC passed away August 10, 2019.

Bob was born on February 20th, 1930 in Benton, IL where his father was the founder of a family business, FB McAfoos and Company. Bob served in the US Army during the 1950’s. Shortly after Bob and his wife Lou of 63 years were married in 1955, he left his position with the family business to sell feed to farms. He and Lou moved several times with the company and settled in Asheville in 1964. Bob changed careers in 1968 to the investment business until he retired in 2001 from IJL Wachovia Securities.

Bob was a very charitable man, giving of his time, talent and treasure. He was a very positive, supportive man and demonstrated a commitment to sharing those values through the Optimist Club of Asheville where he served terms as Asheville President and State Lieutenant Governor. Bob believed in the development of our youth and led his sons as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scout organization where he continued his contributions long past their involvement also serving as a Daniel Boone Council President. He also loved gardening and was active in the Asheville Men’s Garden Club for many years until his illness recently prevented it. Bob participated in morning fitness for over 40 years at the YMCA. And true to his nature, the friendships he made there were much more important than the workout. He always looked forward to morning coffee with his “Y” buddies at the local bakery.

Bob continued his commitment to helping others even as he grew older. Until he recently became ill, he and his wife continued to volunteer their time weekly at ABCCM. Bob has been a leader in the First Christian Church of Asheville since moving here in 1964. His service and titles held at the church are too many to count.

First and foremost, Bob was a man that always took care of his family. He loved them with all his heart. He had many friends and never met an enemy. His time on this earth was filled with hard work and enjoying family and friends.

Bob is predeceased by his parents, Frederick Blaine and Ita McAfoos; his brother, John; and his sisters, Martha Hayes, Mary Lou (Tommie) Perkins and Virginia (Ginny) Jones. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lou Ann; his sons, Robert M. and David (Kimberly); his grandchildren, Laura (David), Amy (Charlie), Brian, Kevin, Dana and Holland; his great grandchildren, Elise, Philippe, Chase and Ian; his sister-in-law, Margot McAfoos; his daughters in law, Toni and Linda; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Christian Church of Asheville, 470 Enka Lake Road, Candler, NC 28715 on August 17th at 2:00 pm. The service will be conducted by Reverend Dr. Diana Spangler-Crawford. A reception will follow the service where friends may greet the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to First Christian Church of Asheville or The Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Boone Council.

Groce Funeral Home in West Asheville is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: August 17, 2019 2:00 pm

First Christian Church of Asheville
470 Enka Lake Rd.
Candler, NC 28715

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. A friend for most of a lifetime. Couldn’t have done without him.
    A wonderful person who has gone home to be with the Lord.
    We will miss him.
    Our sincerest condolences to the family.

  2. Dear Lou, Robbie and David,
    I am so sorry about the passing of your husband/dad. Know I will be praying for you all.

  3. Mrs McAfoos and family sorry to see your husband passed away. I saw you a few months ago when you bought him to Asheville Cardiology. You were my chorus teacher at Enka and I graduated with Rob. Will pray for God to give you comfort and peace.

  4. Lou, Robbie, and David – what a great picture you posted of your husband/dad. It is exactly how I remember him. Always smiling and occasionally telling me stories about Robbie – just wish I could remember all of them to use at the right time! He was truly blessed to have such a loving family – and the Asheville community was equally blessed to have him as a resident all these years. Definitely someone who left this world better than he found it. Although I will not be able to make the memorial service as I will be out of the country I will be there in spirit. Sending my love!

  5. Very sad to hear of Bob’s illness and death. He was a lovely man. We’re thinking and praying for his family during this time.

  6. I’m so sorry. A wonderful friend, co-worker, YMCA buddy, coffee pal and a great example of what Christian living should look like. He had joy and kindness to share. A great man. I extend to you my sympathy. Melanie Banks.

  7. A great friend. Enjoyed our times at the Y and the bakeries and trips to Atlanta to see the Braves.Hope he is in a better place. Charlie David

  8. Dear Family,

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. As a co-worker we shared many good times and a lot of laughs, a very kind and generous person. He surely will be missed!

  9. I have so many wonderful memories of Bob McAfoos from my time in the Optimist Club of Asheville, our times together raising money from different events to support the Club. Always such a charitable and caring man. It saddened me to see that he is now only with us in memories. He did so much for our community and for the people of our area. Always a smile, always a kind word. He will be missed.

  10. So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. We were Scouting friends for decades and knew each other through the business world as well. He was always a very positive influence when we served on the Executive Board of the Daniel Boone Council where he did a stellar job as President in 1988-89. I always looked froward to chatting with him and reminiscing about our Scouting days when our paths crossed over the years. Will be keeping Lou Ann and the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. I am sad to hear of Bob’s passing. He was special to so many of us who taught at Enka. I have great memories of events at Bob and Lou’s home, of his sons and his loving wife Lou. I am in Ohio at present and am sorry to miss the celebration of his life. With love to all, Anne

  12. I’m sad to learn of Bob’s passing. I am sending love to the family and having fond memories of him, Lou, Robbie and David. What fun we had at their home, not to mention at Enka High. Love to each of you from Ohio.

  13. Lou, Robbie and David… I am sorry for your loss and I know your hearts must ache. It has been many years since my time at Enka High School and my time there was a rewarding one partially due to your family. I have fond memories of all your family members during that time. I especially remember the Christmas trees and the five I chose to transplant at our first home near Mars Hill. They are still standing tall…Bob stands tall forever in the memories of his family and friends for he was a blessing to many.


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