Bobby Lee Guice Sr.

bobby guice

April 12, 1931 ~ September 10, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Bobby Lee Guice, Sr., age 92, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on September 10, 2023. Bob was born on April 12, 1931 in Asheville, NC. He was the oldest of four children born to William Ralph ‘Ted’ and Lillian Elizabeth Guice. In addition to his parents, his siblings, Billy Guice, Patsy Bolick and Larry Guice preceded him in death.

In 1953, Bob married Shirley Ann Crook of Asheville and spent almost 68 years by her side in marriage prior to her death in 2021. Together, they had 4 children and expanded that family with spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren who he absolutely adored. He was always happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends. Bob loved to tell stories of his past and of local history to anyone who would listen. At age 91 he purchased a new John Deere riding lawnmower/tractor and loved getting on his ‘tractor’ and mowing his yard daily. His yard is big, and he mowed a small portion each day.

After serving in the Army National Guard, Bob returned to Asheville and went to work for Western Electric and continued working in the telecommunications field until he was 82 years old. He received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Western Carolina University while he was working full time.

For over 55 years he was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church, now Biltmore Church and was very active in various men’s ministries as well as holding various leadership roles in the church. He served as an usher, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Sunday School Director. Anytime there was a need at the church, he was there to take care of the need. He attended church faithfully and worked tirelessly in the church.

He is survived by his four children, Bobby Lee Guice, Jr. (Joyce) of Hendersonville, David Guice (Kerry) of Brevard, Diane Hollifield (Larry) of Fletcher and Beth Adcock of Leicester. He is also survived by grandchildren, Tara Hurst (Mike), Adam Guice (Sherry), Tyler Littrell (Shalom), Amy Davis, Angela Worley (Jon), Lindsey Guice Smith (Bill), Colby Guice (Meredith), Zachary Hollifield, Alyssa Adcock, Caleb Adcock and Sarah Beth Adcock as well as 17 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue in Asheville on Thursday, September 14, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Adam Guice officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Graveside services will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville.

Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to one’s favorite charity.


Visitation: September 14, 2023 10:00 am

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


Funeral Service: September 14, 2023 11:00 am

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


Burial: September 14, 2023 12:00 pm

Riverside Cemetery
53 Birch Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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  1. Bob was a remarkable soul and I enjoyed our chats over the years. We shared Johnson grandparents and great grandparents and lots of family history. I miss him already and send love to all of you, Bobby, David, Diane and Beth.

  2. Bobby sorry to hear about your Daddy.He open his eye and saw the gates of heaven Welcome home my son is what the Lord said.We love you.❤️Love you sis to.

  3. So sorry to hear about my FRIEND and fellow classmate at Western Carolina. Bob loved to tell stories, he loved his family. To the greater family. I know you will miss him.

  4. Uncle Bobby Guice passed was the husband of my precious Aunt Shirley, now home with her and other loved ones gone on before! A Godly man who was an inspiration to all those he touched! You will be missed, and we look forward to seeing you again when our time comes, RIP. LU Karen, Bill, Brent & Family 🙌🙏🙌

  5. Sweet Guice Family,
    My family will always cherish wonderful memories of your mom and dad….great friends since 1969. They were great workers in the church and Harold loved them. Brenda, Don and Cindy also send their love and condolences. So sorry I won’t be able to come to the funeral. Love y’all,
    Willie Ruth

  6. I have fond memories of Bobby Guice, having worked with him at Western Electric beginning in 1966. Bobby was one of the most conscientious workers I have ever known. Bobby was always kind and courteous and known to be a family man. I was the only female working there and Bobby was always the perfect gentleman. Bobby was a good man and I am sure he will be missed by many.

  7. Bobby and my mom were first cousins, and I have such good memories of time spent with him and Shirley through the years, especially WCU football games and family reunions and the occasional phone conversations. He was a good and kind person and will be missed by so many. My heartfelt condolences go to his children and grandchildren and their families, to his friends and other family members.

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