September 25, 1932 ~ December 8, 2003

Born in: Muskegon, MI,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

ROBERT G. “BOB” WILSON Robert G. “Bob” Wilson, 71, of 224 Bent Creek Ranch Road, Asheville, went to be with the Lord Monday, December 8, 2003, in an Asheville hospital. Mr. Wilson was born in Muskegon, MI, and was a son of the late Ward and Margaret Burnette Wilson. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen Martin and a brother Don Wilson. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Korean Freedom Medal by Congressman Charles Taylor on November 15, 2003. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and was a member and greeter at Biltmore Baptist Church. He was a retired, self-employed building contractor. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty Kemp Wilson; and a sister, Pat Shappee and a brother Dan Wilson, both of Muskegon, MI. In addition to his immediate family he is survived by several nieces and nephews and a number of dear friends including Brad and Bethany Morgan. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Ian Walker and the Rev. Bill Day officiating. Burial will be at Pisgah View Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be James Green, David Green, Chris Kemp, Kevin Kemp, Randy Morgan and Conley West. His family will receive friends from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and request that memorials be made to the Biltmore Baptist Church Building Fund, 35 Clayton Road, Arden, NC 28704.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Remembering our time with you two on Mom’s birthday. God Bless You.
    Love Daisy Wilson, Mariel (Wilson)Madison and John Madison


  3. Dear Uncle Bob will be greatly missed! I, Karen, will always remember his laugh and that joyful look in his eyes when he smiles. Chris has shared many a wonderful memories he had with Uncle Bob.
    Aunt Betty, we love you and will keep you in our daily prayers. We grieve, yet also rejoice with you knowing Uncle Bob is with the LORD and we will see him again. ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…

  4. Dear Betty,
    I thank God for you and Bob and for your love for missions.I Went on my first mission trip thanks to you and Bob.May His wonderful grace and peace rest with you today.
    Love in Christ
    Ray Talley

  5. Betty, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You have a wonderful church family to support you during this time. Please know that I would be happy to do anything for you that you need – all you need to do is call. Love, Darlene (628-2475)

  6. I cannot express the personal sadness I felt when I saw my friend, Bob Wilson, had died. I greeted with him at Biltmore Baptist Church and was blessed by his smile and genuine kindness. I just hugged him Sunday night, when I went to the Christmas program. He was a wonderful man. There is no doubt where he is right now – He will spend Christmas with Jesus this year! My heartfelt sympathy to his family. May God grant you His wonderful grace. Sincerely and with love, joy Saunooke

  7. Dear Cousin Betty,
    You have been so blessed to have shared love and life with Bob. He had a wonderful sweet Christian spirit about him that others felt. We shall miss him, especially at Lance Family renunions, but feel confiednt that he is with God whom he served so faithfully.
    Wishing and praying that you will have peace and strength during the difficult time of adjusting.
    God loves you and so do we,
    Thelma & Vic McGraw

  8. Betty,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Both of you have meant so much to us since we first meet. I feel the sadness in your heart but know in my heart that Bob is walking the streets of gold. At times like these I always cling to His word: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.’ –Proverbs 3:5-6
    We will keep you & your family in our prayers & ask the Lord to confort you in your loss. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.
    In Him,
    Richard, Jackie & Julie

  9. Aunt Betty I just want you to know that you are in all of our thoughts and prayers here and we wish we could be with you now but my mom isn’t in the condition to be traveling. I love you and think of you always!

  10. A few words to keep in your heart…

    You can shed tears that he is gone,
    Or you can smile because he lived,
    You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
    Or you can be full of the love that he shared,

    You can remember him and only that he is gone
    Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
    You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,
    Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

  11. Betty,
    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. I have such fond memories of showing horses with Bob and the beautiful tack box he made me sits proudly in my living room as a magazine rack. It was too pretty to take to the barn!
    My love to you-Deborah

  12. We are very saddened to hear the news about Bob. He was a special light to our family and we will never forget the kind things he did for us, including the loving attention he gave to Alexa. If there is anything we can do to help you in your time of loss, please ask.

  13. Dear Betty,
    We especially enjoyed sharing Reid’s robot with Bob and Bradley. Bob was enjoying getting pictures of Bradley so much and was so patient when Bradley wanted to stay and ask question after question even after Bob was ready to go home! Bob has always reminded me so much of my dad w/ all his projects (like chainsawing from dangerous positions).
    Betty, we feel so blessed to have been guided to you as a riding teacher and a friend. You have such an encouraging way w/ young kids and w/ scared adult riders like me! We are remembering you in our prayers. Love, Beth

  14. Dear Betty,
    The memories of our times together will always be held in the dearest places of our hearts. We know that Bob will be sharing Christmas with the Beautiful Child and riding his most awesome steed, Tonga Bay. Share the apples with the horses who will miss Bob so much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Our love always, Chuck, Susan and Nicholas

  15. Dear Betty,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bob. Both of you have meant so much to me and I will always cherish the wonderful memories we all had. I miss you very much and wish I could be with you during this difficult time.

  16. Dear Betty,….
    For once, I am at a loss for words. I called about a month ago. You were asleep. Bob and I shared a nice phone call. Bob had agreed to come see my barn and see Destiny. I am so shocked. I can not imagine your pain and loss. I realized the strong commitment between both of you. Thanks to you and Bob,… we have Destiny and Sarah learned a great seat and how to get back on a horse ….no matter what.!!! I remember the nice booklet you sent us last year when my stepmother died. You are forever in our prayers…..we will never forget what you taught us…or the endless questions you always answered…..May God his infinte wisdom…guide ,, protect …and bless you during this painful time ..If there is anything we can do call 683-5255 We are thinking of you God bless you Love…Michele, Sarah, Jessica

  17. Dear Betty, We are so sorry to hear about Bob. He was a true friend and a pleasure to talk to. We will always remember him. May God be with you during this difficult times and guide you in the days ahead.

  18. Betty, our thoughts are with you at this time. Your WCAHA family also sends their thoughts and prayers.

  19. Mrs. Wilson:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints’ Psalm 116:15

    All the staff at FAS

  20. We were both so sorry to hear about Bob, and your loss. I just talked with him on the phone a couple of weeks ago about the horses, flying and life in general. He was a special friend to all of our family, especially as we started out in the horse show world. We will miss him greatly. Bryan, Diane and Ashley

  21. We give our deepest sypothy bob was a great person we wish you the best betty.
    Veronica & Stephanie king

  22. Dear Betty,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mr. Bob was always that encouragement on the rail and in the barn. We will miss him so much. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you out with the horses. We are just down the road.

  23. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please remember that our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless.

  24. Dear Betty,
    We were saddened to hear of Bob’s death. We will keep you in our prayers and please know that we are here if you need any assistance.

  25. Betty, Bob was a good man, we have many good memories of him and the work he did for us as well as being around horses with him. it was always good to talk to him. God Bless

  26. I worked with Bob in the greeter ministry. Bob enjoyed making folks entering BBC feel wanted and comfortable, whether they were new or regular attendees. He had a ‘welcome’ smile for all those he greeted. Bob will be missed, but I look forward to his ‘greeting’ in Heaven.

    Roger Tallman

  27. Betty & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Whenever I think of Bob I will always remember one of the first horse shows that I went to as a child and saw him riding his beautiful grey stallion. He will be missed by all.

  28. Betty,
    Bob was the most cheerful, genuinely nice man I’ve ever known. You were both blessed to have found each other. I’ll miss him. You are in my prayers.

  29. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. How precious is the life of one sharing his love and joy with others.
    From a Wilson cousin,


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