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Robert Lyman Yoder

25 junio , 194212 noviembre , 2019

Robert "Bob" Lyman Yoder died on November 12, 2019. His father and mother, Dr. Julian C. and Helen B. Yoder preceded him in death. He is survived by and the husband of Angelina Cruz Yoder; son, Jose Julian Yoder; three grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Ann Yoder.

Born in Winston Salem but raised in Boone, North Carolina, Robert graduated from Appalachian High School and Pfeiffer University. He received a Master's Degree in history from North Carolina Central University of Durham, NC and a Master's Degree in Ministerial Studies from Presbyterian Union Seminary of Richmond, Virginia. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. He was a Fellow in the Academy of Parish Clergy and served as their business manager for several years.

He was a short term missionary engaged with squatters in Manila, Philippines. He served the Antioch Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, NC; the Alderson and McElhenny Presbyterian Churches of Alderson, WV, Where he also served briefly as the chaplain of the Alderson Federal Prison Camp; Pineville Presbyterian Church of Pineville, WV; the Bethesda Presbyterian Church of Statesville, NC; and the Bluff Presbyterian Church of Wade, NC. He also served as a apart time staff member of the West Virginia Presbytery. Upon retirement he was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Durham, NC. He published several devotional series fro the These Days devotional magazine.

His enjoyment of music found an outlet not only in church choirs but in community bands in Pineville, WV and Salisbury, NC.

He had an abiding interest in Philippine history and wrote the book Walter H. Loving and the Philippine Constabulary Band which was published by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. He wrote many articles on Philippine subjects for the Ang Balita newspaper and other Philippine publications. He also has some articles posted on internet at the Austrian -Philippine webpage, and created an often used webpage on the life and writings of Dr. Jose Rizal a national hero of the Philippines which he donated to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Bob moderated a Yahoo discussion group on Dr. Rizal, his interest on the doctor and Philippine history led him to visit many Filipino historical sites.

Bob was a compassionate man and one who loved and served God. He enjoyed the companionship of his wife Lina, his son Jose, and his grandchildren, Dylan, Destinee and Harlee.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Durham in North Carolina on December 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Durham at 305 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701 or a charitable agency of your choice.

Cromartie Miller Funeral Service is assisting the family. 910.892.2077


Robert Lyman Yoder


Victoria Knight Clay

13 diciembre , 2019

It is with much sadness that Mother (Annabelle Knight) and I read about the passing of Dr. Yoder. We will never forget his kindness, intelligence, and professionalism as our pastor at the Pineville Presbyterian Church. When my father (Robert Knight), who was a charter member of the Pineville Presbyterian Church, died unexpectedly, Dr. Yoder went above and beyond for our family. He conducted the funeral in just the manner in which Daddy would have wanted--right down to the perfectly printed paper program.

I will never forget watching Dr. Yoder on his knees using a hammer to chip away at the ice on our front steps that frigid day in January of 1985 when Daddy passed away from a massive heart attack. That's just how Dr. Yoder was--caring, compassionate, and loving toward his congregation.

It was a joy knowing the Yoder family. We cherish the good times we had as their church family. Every Christmas, we would look forward to receiving Dr. Yoder's Christmas card and message. It is with sadness that his Christmas cards will be no more. . .

Tammy Williams Repass

13 diciembre , 2019

A wonderful pastor of Pineville Presbyterian Church in Pineville, WV
A loving devoted pastor, friend & family man!

Jesus Gonzalez

22 noviembre , 2019

So sad to learn about Pastor Bob Yoder's passing on November 12th, 2019. I was blessed with his friendship and support between 2001 and 2006 when I led Misión Presbiteriana Hispana in Fayetteville, NC.
My sincere condolences to Lina and the entire Yoder Family.
Rest in Peace dear friend and colleague in ministry!
Rev. Jesús (Jesse) González
Fort Worth, Texas