Bobby Gene Solesbee

bobby solesbee

May 9, 1962 ~ August 10, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Swannanoa, NC

Bobby Gene Solesbee, 61, of Swannanoa, NC passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2023. He was preceded in his death by his parents; Arthur L. Solesbee and Dorothy McMahan Solesbee; and a brother David Solesbee.

He is survived by a son; David Solesbee of Greensboro, NC; two brothers; Carl Solesbee and Mark Solesbee and two sisters; Pam Ward and Angela Solesbee.

Bobby worked as the Customer Service Administrator of Samson Corporation for 23 years according to Roy Mendenholl. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed studying the history of Black Mountain and Swannanoa, North Carolina. He enjoyed looking for arrowheads, guitars and carving.

Bobby will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Tunnel Road location of Groce Funeral Home. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Randy Stone will officiate. A burial will follow in Mountain View Park Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: August 12, 2023 11:00 am

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Visitation: August 12, 2023 10:00 am

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Bobby is my former brother N law . My husbands sister the late Betty Andrews of Swannanoa NC had this to say about Bobby . Bobby knew Jesus and had a beautiful witness once . Betty said Bobby gave the sweetest testimony for Jesus when he was a member of Swannanoa Heights Church . When Bobby begain to speak there wasn’t very many dry eyes left in the worship hall when Bobby was through . Bobby was a beautiful person . Bobby’s child David’s life is a great blessing to my life and all who know him . David remember what you a Mama Grace taught you ” Once in Grace Aways in Grace ” and that is Gods Grace .

  2. I’ve known Bobby since we were teens. He was always happy, smiling and joking. He was a great guy and very genuine. My sencerest condolences to his family and friends.

  3. My heart is sad today. I pray for Bobby’s family and our son, David Lee Solesbee. I pray for comfort and peace in their hearts and pray for God to send them strength in the coming days. Bobby was a man with a kind heart and a loving spirit. He cried easily and loved strongly. He will be deeply missed by so many that had the opportunity to know him. You will always hold a special place in my heart Bobby and God placed you in my life at a time when I needed real unconditional love, I will always be grateful for that. Rest in Peace Bobby and sing loudly with the Angels.

  4. Bobby will be missed by all that knew him. We grew up together and was always doing something outside. Our family and his family were like brothers and sisters, instead of cousins. God Bless you Bobby. No more pain for you. We will see you again in Heaven. I miss you already cuz. Love you!

  5. I remember Bobby fondly and he will be missed. Praying for peace and comfort for the family during this difficult time. The Martha Brown family, Erlene, Ronnie and Shelly.

  6. We here at Samson Corporation was sorry to hear of his passing. Sending our deepest sympathy to his loved ones during this time.

  7. So sorry to hear about Bobby’s passing. He was one of a kind, for sure. I pray that the family finds comfort and peace in knowing that he is no longer in pain.

  8. Today I received the sad news of the death of Bob. My name is Ramon Noblejas and I am a member of the BOD of SAMSON Corporation and a member of the Executive Commiittee of the Samoa Industrial, S.A headquarters Company of the Samoa GROUP in Spain. I knew Bob 23 years ago when he started working for Samson in the warehouse. I have had admiration for Bob for his intelligence of him at the work, the positive attitude, the professionalism, receiving for this different Promotions in the Company and becoming the Customer Service Administrator. Receiving great respect from customers, workers, managers and the Board of Directors of the Company. I will never forget his sense of humor and his jokes with my horrible Spanish accent in the English language, even when he had to help himself with an oxygen bottle, he was always smiling and joking with everyone. We will always miss him.

  9. I had the opportunity of working closely with Bob for about 5 years at Samson Corporation. Bob was always a customer favorite and gained a lot of respect in the industry for his wit and knowledge of the products. He will be missed and fondly remembered.

  10. Pam and family,
    My condolences on Bobby’s passing. Will miss our visits at the grocery store. Bobby was always that person with the glass half full attitude with a chuckle and a smile. Always addressed me as Becky Boo. RIP. He will be missed by many.

  11. My dear friend and fellow worker, Bob Solesbee, I will always remember the friendship we developed working together those many years. I miss You already. You always saw the glass half full. You would not quit and
    changed many excuses of why something could not be done to reasons it could. You were always caring to others and developed a close relationship with many of our customers. You were a big factor in our growth with Walmart. You represented the best of Samson to them and many other customers. You were a shining example of Love and Kindness to others. I thank you for the years of your life that I knew You.

  12. Little Bobby Solesbee! The world will be less bright without your big smile, energy and big time stories. It was an honor to have known you and you’ll forever be cooler than socks on a chicken 🙂

  13. Thank you for all the text and phone calls that was my candle and you lit it up quite a few times. I miss you but I’ll see you soon. Make sure that you got the gate took care of and I love you.

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