First Corinthians 15-52 “In a Moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible…and we shall be changed.”
Robert Allan “Bob” Royston, 85, 278 Old Butler Road, Mountain City, Child of God and Soldier of Christ, Pastor, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and friend, entered in to the Kingdom of Heaven, Sunday, November 13, 2011 in the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville after a week of inoperable brain hemorrhage.
Robert (Bob) was born June 4, 1926 in Bostic, North Carolina to the late Charles Clyde and Mildred Campbell Royston. Bob served in the United States Navy during World War II serving as the Communications officer on a Destroyer Escort in the Atlantic, also a licensed pilot after returning from the war. An accomplished Amateur Radio Operator known as K4BVZ, assisted Civil Defense, from several locations, including Holston Defense of Kingsport. He worked for the Clinchfield Railroad for over 20 years. He pastored at Double Springs Missionary Baptist Church in the late 60’s. In 1972 he became a fulltime Minister and served as pastor of Little Doe Baptist Church, Butler for 14 years.
Survivors include his wife and friend for over 61 years, Bobbie Joan McCall Royston. A Daughter: Sandra (Sandy) Lea Lewis-Royston, Johnson City, his sons: Robert (Bobby) Allan Royston II and Timothy (Timmy) Craig Royston of Johnson County. More than several beloved grand and great grandchildren that all were very special to him. His Brother: Charles C. Royston, Knoxville.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Little Doe Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Kyker and Rev. Kreg Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Rock Springs Cemetery. Music will be provided by the Little Doe Baptist Church Choir. Active Pallbearers will be family members: Robbie Royston, Seth Fortune, Kevin, Michael, and Buddy Lewis, Charles Jason Mills, Jacob McGlamery and Brian Whitehead. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Members of Little Doe Baptist Church and the Little Doe and Butler communities and the many friends who have gone on before.
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the Barlow Family of Doe Valley-Moe, Darrell, Denise, Brian, B.J., Kim and their deceased father Earnest (Gib) Barlow, Mrs Elsa Stout, the Mountain City Healthcare and Rehab., Paul & Freddy Anderson, Kenneth & Carol Kyker.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Little Doe Baptist Church. Friends may also call at the residence.
Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge.