March 15, 1938 ~ November 21, 2021

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Arden, NC

Dr. Robert (Bob) Doom, 83, of Arden, NC moved on from this earthly coil Sunday, November 21st, 2021 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.

During his 83 years he was a missionary, a bookstore proprietor, a pastor, a traveling public speaker, a radio show host, a professor at a college, a book publisher, a director of a printing press, the director of Revival Literature, Global Baptist Missions, The Russian Bible Society, and the Global Bible Society, a husband, a father and grandfather. Bob was born in 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His mother, Katie Mae (Vinson) Doom Western Kentucky and father, Orion Goble (OG) Doom of Western Kentucky eloped to Indiana before Bob was born, and he would spend most of his formative years in Martinsville, Indiana.

After graduating from Martinsville High School, in 1956 Bob attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and later graduated from there in 1961. It was there he met his future wife Sheila Stewart Doom, of St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England. Upon graduation, he headed to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England on the borders as a missionary at the Bridge Street Mission. Bob and Sheila were married in 1963 and spend the next 12 years as missionaries in Scotland. While in Scotland Bob pastored the Bellevue Baptist Church in Edinburgh where he also owned the Christian Bookshop. In 1975 they left their home and Christian bookstore in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved to Asheville, NC where Bob would assume the leadership of three ministries for his ailing father-in-law, James Alexander Stewart.

Over the next 46 years Bob traveled with his wife to countless countries and states ministering to people around the world. He owned the Christian Bookshop, on Haywood Road in Asheville for over 30 years. In 1982, Bob answered the call to pastor the Grace Fellowship Baptist church in Arden, NC. He still ran the other ministries while being a pastor. He would retire from being a pastor in 2001 to focus on those other ministries until his death.

Bob Doom had a tremendous vision for the world, and he never thought small. Between Revival Literature, The Russian Bible Society and the Global Bible Society, he had Bibles and religious literature translated and/or distributed in 76 different languages. He believed that people should read in the language of their heart. Here in the US, he worked to preserve the Cherokee, Choctaw and Comanche languages by reprinting dictionaries, hymn books and New Testaments in those languages.

Across the world, he was personally active with ministries in Malawi, Egypt, India, the Republic of Georgia, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. He maintained an active prison ministry for the last 30 years.

Bob and Sheila Doom were married for 54 years until her passing on January 3rd, 2018. Upon her passing he threw himself into these ministries until his death. He always said he would rather burn out instead of fizzle out, and he was able to attend to his passion for ministry until his very last week on this earth.

Bob Doom was a force of nature who was quick with a joke, generous with help and charity, sacrificial of himself, humble and always ready with wise counsel. He sang with gusto though rarely in tune. He loved his God, his family, his ministry and his work above all else. Spending time with his grandchildren was his favorite hobby. He lived each day with passion and boundless energy. The effects of his passing and the sudden cessation of his legendary work output will be felt around the world.

He is survived by his oldest daughter Susan Doom Jerby and spouse Brian Jerby, oldest son Robert McCheyne Doom and spouse Annette Jones Doom, youngest son James Stewart Doom and daughter-in-law Sara House Doom, and youngest daughter Jana Doom Rono and spouse Bernard Rono.

Bob had thirteen grandchildren who were a constant joy to him. They are Alexandra Jerby, Jonathan Jerby, Evangelia Jerby Ludlow, Jessica Jerby, Micayla Doom Schiefelbein, Heather Jerby, McCheyne Doom, Gracie Jerby, Eryn Jerby, Haddon Jerby, Nathaniel Jerby, Samuel Jerby and Ruby Rono.

He was pre-deceased by sister, Mary Doom Anderson, of Olympia, Washington; his sister Virginia Doom Roy of Martinsville Indiana; his brother Harry Doom of Martinsville, Indiana and his brother Richard Doom of Martinsville, Indiana.

The family will receive visitors at Trinity Baptist Church on Shelburne Rd. on Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 PM, followed by the funeral at 2:00. Burial will follow in Pisgah View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donation gifts can be sent to Global Baptist Mission, PO Box 505, Skyland, NC 28776 for ongoing ministries. He requested that his funeral be a joyous celebration instead of a solemn affair.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

Services

For those who wish to pay their respects: December 4, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church
216 Shelburne Road
Asheville, NC 28806

828-252-3535

Funeral Service: December 4, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church
216 Shelburne Road
Asheville, NC 28806

828-252-3535

Graveside Service: December 4, 2021 3:30 pm

Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smoky Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715

828-667-4415

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  1. I’m sorry to hear the passing of Rev. Doom. I was blessed to have Mrs. Doom as a teacher at Temple in Asheville. Your family will be in my prayers.

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  2. We thank God for brother Bob and the glorious Savior he do faithfully served. May Christ’s glory be revealed in his death as it was in his life. God bless all his family and friends with gospel comfort, peace and hope.

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  3. I first met Bob atA.B.I. in 1974. He spoke in Chapel and preached on the Lordship of Christ in the salvation of a sinner. His ministry has been a blessing to me over the years. He will be missed!

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  4. A special friend. We enjoyed hearing him preach. During the Apple Festival we’d see him on the street corner telling others about Jesus.

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  5. Honored and blessed to have known; and to have been taught by both the Rev. Doom, and his sweet wife, Sheila.
    My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to all who knew and loved them during this difficult time.

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  6. We are sending condolences to you in this sorrowful time. May you feel the light of the Lord bless your family and bring you peace.

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  7. June and I owe a great debt under God to brother Bob Doom. We both served in Scotland with his ministries – June with Gospel projects, and myself with Revival Literature and Scripture Circulation Movement. As a young man God used Bob in my life at a Youth camp in Edinburgh Scotland. I surrendered my life to serve God in ministry at that time. Over the years June and I enjoyed renewing fellowship with Bob and Sheila. The last time I spoke with Bob was when he phoned me unexpectedly a few months ago. He was the usual Bob, eager in service for God and praying for revival. He will be missed.

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  8. Your prayers for me that you and your wife prayed for me are answered. Thank you. I will see you in the sweet by and by one day.

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  9. We will miss Bob as we have missed Sheila. He was a dear friend to us. We shared many prayers and many good times. Always loved his preaching. He is truly and example of how one person can have such a great affect on so many souls around the world. Our sincere condolences to the family.

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  10. Bob has been and continues to be a blessing to our growing family. He blessed us with a vehicle through Bernard and Jana Rono. He continues to make our children happy on the numerous trips we have had. Our condolences to the family. Let’s celebrate his life.

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  11. We are so sorry for Bob’s passing. He and Shelia were very special people.
    We know he’ll be dearly missed. May the Lord comfort each of you.
    May your memories serve you well.
    Gladys M Hill, Doris H Matkins

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  12. Pastor Bob was our pastor for several years. We appreciated his knowledge of God’s word and his dedication to missions work. On a personal level he was humorous, charming,
    and sincerely concerned about our family. The family is in our prayers.

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