September 7, 1930 ~ February 13, 2017


Resided in: Candler, NC

Robert Nathan "Perch" Dempsey, Jr., 86, of Candler, died on Monday, February 13, 2017, at StoneCreek Health & Rehabilitation. A Buncombe Co. native, Mr. Dempsey was the son of the late Robert Nathan, Sr., and Lois Hixon Dempsey. He was also preceded in death by his son, Charles Andrew "Chuck" Dempsey, and grandson, Robert Lewis Dempsey. Mr. Dempsey was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He later retired from AT&T following 39 years of service. One of Perch's favorite things to do was heading to Harbor Inn for meals with his work friends. He was also a member of Oak Forest Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He is survived by the love of his life, his sweet thing and wife for 63 years, Jean Dillingham Dempsey; son, Robert Nathan "Robbie" Dempsey, III, and wife Ruthie; grandchildren, Laura Coe Dempsey, Dennis James Doherty, and Brandy Echols; and great-grandchildren, Charles Dishman, Luke and Devin Doherty, and Morgan Echols. The memorial service for Mr. Dempsey will be at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Ron Brown officiating. His family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

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  1. Pat and I were sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. With his passing, I guess all the grand ol’ Guys of Grandview are now gone. First it was Tom Tweed, then Earl Brookshire, and now Bob. They don’t make ’em like those great old boys anymore!

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  2. Sorry to hear of the passing of my dear friend and class mate since we were in the first grade . We always kept in touch for all these years. He always said was leading man in all our plays at Candler High School and I was his leading lady. We talked last Saturday and told me he was real sick and told me about Jean. He was truly loved by all the class of 1948 of Candler High School . He loved wear our class colors, red shirt, white pants and he same white shoes to every class reunion. My prayers and love are with you at time.

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  3. So sorry to hear about the passing of Cousin Bob. When I talked to
    him on the phone a few weeks ago I could tell by his voice that he was
    getting weaker. We always joked with each other that whichever of us
    passed first, we would save a place in heaven for the other one, so I
    know we will be together once again in the future.
    Robbie, You and all your family have my sincerest sympathy for your loss.

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  4. Jean and Family, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. Remembering you in prayers and for God’s grace to cover you now and in the days ahead.

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  5. Robbie, so sorry for your loss. You have been such a great son and care giver for both your parents. Your dad was always so calm and supportive of our family and a big part of Oak Forest Church. What a great role model and father. I am sure he is looking down on all of us as he continues his journey.

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  6. Robbie, sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.. he was always a sweet, loving, funny man. i’ve always thought alot of him.. we pray for peace for you all. we love you. teresa whitaker cunningham and rick, charles, cory, robert and roaslee whitaker

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