September 11, 1976 ~ July 1, 2009

Born in: Honolulu, Hawaii,
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Robert Sackett Paton, of Leicester, was born on September 11, 1976, in Honolulu, HI, and died on July 1, 2009, at his home. Robert lived a very Fortunate Life in his 32 years. He was the third child of Captain, USN (Ret) Albert and Carol Paton. He spent the first 15 years of his life living in 7 different cities, including Naples, Italy. He loved to run and was on the track and cross country teams in middle school and high school. He became a marathon runner and Iron Man Triathlete in his young adult years. For the past 6 years, Robert and his wife have been in business with his brother-in-law, Kevin, in the ownership of Zaxby's Restaurant franchise in the Raleigh area. Survivors include his wife, Amanda Feeny Paton and son, Robert Lucas Paton; parents, Albert and Carol Paton; 3 sisters, Holly Nelson, Heidi Peters and their families, and Heather Paton all of San Diego; grandparents, Robert and Harriett Sackett of St. Petersburg, FL. Robert's family also includes Amanda's parents, Rick and Chris Feeny of Leicester; her siblings, Kevin, Karin, Brian, and Susannah and families. All who knew Robert will remember his strength of character, his wonderful sense of humor, and his zest for life. He will also be remembered for his never wavering spirit and positive attitude in the face of his battle with melanoma. He was a living example of appreciating the gift of today: a legacy of hope and gratitude. A memorial service is planned for Monday, July 6, 2009, at 10:30 am at Jubilee Community Worship Center, 46 Wall Street, Asheville, with the Reverend Howard Hanger officiating. His family will receive friends from 10:00-10:30 am prior to the service. Donations may be made in Robert's name to Care Partners Hospice Memorial Fund, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Amber and family, I am so sorry for your loss. We at Rex Hem/Onc Clinic were very fortunate to have met Robert. We only knew him for a short-time but his smile and courage will be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for allowing me to do what I could to help and for allowing me to see the wonderful family Robert has. My love to each and everyone of you.

  3. Amanda and family,

    Our family is so deeply sorry for your loss. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers.

    Alan and Laura Foster of Greenville
    Manly Foster Summerfield and family of Greenville

  4. Im so sorry for your loss.Im truly going to miss Robert. Ever since I met him when I started working at Zaxby’s he truly was an inspiration to me. He lived life to the fullest and that inspired me to also live life to the fullest and I can see him now coming up to Zaxby’s riding his motorcycle with a BIG smile on his face. I will continue to pray for you all.

    Briana Judd

  5. Dearest Carol, Al, Amanda, and family.
    My heart is heavy during this time of loss, but I do know that as long as Bobby is carried in the heart of loved ones, he is never very far away.
    I pray that God will surround and uplift you during this difficult time and grant you grace and peace.
    I love you, Barbara Davis

  6. My prayers are with Amanda, Lucas, and Robert’s entire family. He was a wonderful man and a great friend to me.


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