Robert Lee Camby, Jr.

robert camby, jr.
Fairview ~ Robert Lee Camby Jr., 70, of 29 Hickory Nut Cove Road, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Bob was born August 3, 1939 in Buncombe County where he had lived most of his life. He retired from Carolina Power & Light Company where he served as an Operational Manager, and then worked for and retired from Air Quality Control as Director. Bob served as a Deacon at Beverly Hills Baptist Church, and then was a founding member of Ecclesia Baptist, where he served as an Elder and Servant Leader. He was also a member of the Gideons. Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was also well known and respected in the community. He will be remembered for his love for God, his gentle spirit, wisdom, generous nature, and his love for A. C. Reynolds High School Athletics. All who knew him will miss him greatly. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert Lee Camby and Mildred Taylor Camby of Asheville, and his son-in-law John Thomas of Fairview. Surviving are his wife Mildred �Mickey� P. Camby; a son: Chad Lee Camby and his wife Donna of Hendersonville: a daughter: Michelle Camby Thomas of Fairview; 3 grandchildren: Nina Camby of Asheville, John Thomas and Jared Thomas of Fairview; a sister-in-law: Virginia Corn of Asheville; and his precious dog, Max. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14 in the sanctuary of Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road, Asheville with Rev. Stan Dotson and Rev. John Honeycutt officiating. Burial will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory. Serving as pallbearers will be Andy Madalone, Bob Hinson, Jerry Dotson, Mike Doucette, David McDowell, and Joey Osborne. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on Sunday at Beverly Hills Baptist Church. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to Ecclesia Baptist Church Building Fund 15 Spivey Lake Drive, Fairview, NC 28730.

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  1. Dear Mickey, Michelle, Chad and family, Please accept my sincere condolences. Because of my physical disabilities, I’ll not be able to see you in person, but my prayers and love are with you. Jean Morgan

  2. We are deeply saddened by your loss. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you feel the strong presence of God’s peace and love. We will be unable to attend the service; however our prayers will be with you.
    Ron and Marcia

  3. Mickey, Michelle, Chad, John, & Jared,
    I have been in prayer for you for so long. I absolutely thought the world of Bob and I love your family so much. What a great example of how a man should live his life for the Lord. (Even though he did love to make fun of my singing!) I am so blessed to have known him for the time we had together. I would be honored to do anything in the world for the family and pray that you would allow me to help. I know that God stands ready to love and comfort you during this time. I still feel His amazing love helping me through the recent loss of my mother. We will all certainly miss this special man, but he waits for us in heaven. Mickey, I love you so much and I think you know that.
    Lisa and I will continue to pray for you all.
    In Christ,
    Joey & Lisa

  4. Chad Nina and family
    Just want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort during this very trying time. If you need anything please let us know. Love you guys.
    Steve and Brenda Justice

  5. We wanted to let you all know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Camby was a sweet, caring person and we know he will be dearly missed, but you can find comfort in knowing he is in the loving arms of God now. May God bless you all. Love, Jimmy, Lisa, Bill and Betty Styles

  6. We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. You all are in our prayers, and may God’s grace and mercy be with you all. Love Caye and Doug.

  7. Mickey, Michelle, Chad, Nina, John and Jared,
    When you have a giant of a human being in your life on a daily
    basis it can not help but leave a hole when they are gone.
    However, I can not help but know that there is great happiness
    for this good, kind, man is now at rest and peaceful in the arms
    of God. Know that you are loved and cared for by so many during
    this time of such fresh memories.

  8. My prayers and thoughts are with you. It is hard to lose a loved one, but Bob is with Jesus now. He was our deacon and friend. He will be missed. God Bless you. The Hammond Family

  9. Dear Michelle and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, I have great memories of all of the lake and beach trips I shared with you guys and the Wyatts, Heaven is celebrating the homecoming of R.L. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Mickey & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of your loss. Bob was such a special man who was loved and respected. We will continue to lift you,your family, and your church family up in prayer. We know that Bob and John are together and will await the coming of those they love. May God cover each of you with his love and comfort.
    Mike,Dee Dee,Taylor Anderson

  12. Mickey and Family,
    As I am sure you have heard many many times, Bob was a man whom all who knew him loved him. What a huge impact he had on all people and especially the young people who knew him. Buster says he was ‘cool’ as I’m sure all of the teens will say about him. Please know I will have all of you in my prayers. He was a good good man and I know God is telling him ‘WELL DONE, MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT’.

    Blake & Buster Moody

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. RL and I went to school with each other, he was a great guy..May the love and grace of Jesus Christ be with you during this time.

  14. To the Camby family,
    We are sorry for the loss of Robert. He was a good man and he will be missed by us and the community. Bob had always been a special person to me and my kids. I hope you are taking comfort that he is now with his Lord.

  15. First met BOB when I started work at the NCDC in 1960 when I came home from the USAF.
    We were working the swing shift sorting data cards! BOB and some others were going to Asheville-Biltmore College during the dayand working the evenings at NCDC.
    I lived in Oakley and some of us would lift weights in my basement before we went to work!
    BOB was a very nice young man to be with!
    Glenn O’Kelley

  16. Dear Mickey and family, My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. I know Bob’s home going is bitter sweet,he is in the arms of Jesus, free from pain and happy. The family is cherrishing his memory but sad without him. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Bob. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and I love you. Even in the Valley,God is good–lean on Him. God bless each of you.

  17. To Mickey, Michelle, Chad and Nina. I am so sorry for the loss of Pop. He was such a wonderful man. He and Momma Mickey were like the second set of grandparents I never had. I love you all and my prayers are with you. Love-Amanda

  18. Mickey and Family,

    I wanted you to know that it was an honor and previledge to call Bob Camby my mentor, my deacon servant, and my friend. His unselfish service to his church and family was his true character… all will miss him.
    Someone shared the words below with me after I lost my brother Phil to the same desease that took Bob. I hope you find comfort in them…

    Cancer is so limited…
    It cannot cripple Love
    It cannot shatter Hope
    It cannot corrode Faith
    It cannot destroy Peace
    It canot kill Friendship
    It cannot suppress Memories
    It cannot silence Courage
    It cannot invade the Soul
    It cannot steal Eternal Life
    It cannot conquer the Spirit

  19. Bob was such a great and brave man who reminded me so much of my dad (even though he wasn’t that old). I am a much better person having Bob in my life and was honored to to serve with him as a fellow elder at Ecclesia. I said it before ‘Bob stared death in the face and never blinked an eye’. Truly a model to live up to. My prayers are with you constantly. You are a great family and Sandra and I and my children love you very much.
    Jerry, Sandra, Kelly, Kim, Kregg, Kris and Tommy, Katie and David

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