Bobby Hunter

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Bobby "Bob" Hunter, 79, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016, at home with family by his side. Bob was born October 2, 1936, in White Oak, N.C. He is the son of the late Frances Evans and Albert L. Hunter of White Oak. Bob graduated from Fines Creek High School in 1954. He devoted his career to Norfolk Southern Railroad, working as a switchman/brakeman, and truly loved working with his fellow railroad workers until he retired in 1994. He could often be seen around West Asheville wearing his Norfolk Southern hat and was known to many as Bear. As a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church of West Asheville, Bob enjoyed reading the Bible and telling others of its important lessons. He spent a lifetime giving charitably to neighbors, friends, and strangers alike no matter when their need arose. Bob is survived by his son, Alan (Becky) Hunter, his daughter in-law, Geordi Hunter and his four grandchildren, Nicole (Tom) Hart, Jonathan (Karen) Hunter, Amanda Hunter and Garrett Hunter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Roslyn Hunter, his sons Keith Wilson Hunter, and Jeffery Lane Hunter. Bob loved his wife dearly, was a devoted Christian, and a Pop who could always be counted on day or night when you needed help or were in a tight spot. He truly was our go-to guy. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Hayes and Mr. Bruce Farlow officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah View Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 (

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  1. My sincerest condolences to Hunter family. Losing a loved one is one of the painful things in this world, no one wants this even our loving Father. It is comforting to know that God deeply cares about us and would soon act to eliminate death. (1 Peter 5:7; Revelation 21:4) May you find comfort from these scriptures and be encouraged that we will soon meet Bob again.

  2. I met Bob Hunter in the 70’s. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He was proud of working with Southern Railways. Much later in years I discovered he and Roslyn were neighbors to my brother Kyle and sister-in-law,Ora Mae Shipman and neighbor to my mother, Wilsie Shipman. My family could not have ask for better neighbors. He became fast friends with my mother and would check in on her. She was elderly and he would make sure she was alright or needed anything. He never missed her birthday which was February 17th. This is the same date Bob will be in his final resting place and mother is in her final resting place just a few spots over. It is comforting to know that they again will be neighbors. But we all know they have entered heaven’s gate and are happy and rejoicing. May God Bless each and every family member. Bob was a good man and he has big shoes to fill. Hopefully your memories of him and the good times will comfort your souls. Geordi and Family still think of you often. Rest in peace Bob Hunter. You were loved and appreciated.

  3. Our deepest sympathy for the family! Worked many years on the RR with Bear. Last time I saw him he was at Ingles on haywood rd. We laughed, talked and he shared what God had done for him! I savor that memory! He was a good person and i’m proud to call him friend.. see you again one day!

  4. Bob was a friend to many, willing to help, and loved to fish. He was dedicated to the railroad and the men he worked with. Deepest sympathies.

  5. Bear Hunter was friend to all. He loved his family and was a God loving person. It was a honor working with him and knowing.him.GOD BLESS .

  6. My condolences to all the Hunter Family. I grew up with Bobby in White Oak. I always thought a lot of him and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time.

  7. You will be missed Bob, that smile will be seen no more; your kindness taken from us. You were a wonderful neighbor. Sleep on

  8. To Ruth and the entire Hunter family. We all are deeply sorry for your loss. We have also been going through this recently with the loss of our loved one. We will be praying for you all and for God to give you strength at this most difficult time. From the family of Johnnie Russell.

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