Bobby Ralph Sluss

May 5, 1936January 12, 2021

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Bobby Sluss, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at age 84.

Bobby was born on May 5, 1936, in Gate City, Virginia to Wesley and Lena (Rogers) Sluss. He received his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in 1962 after an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force in 1958. Bobby spent his 36-year career working for Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee before retiring in 1998.

On December 15, 1962, he married Brenda Carolyn Cole of Piney Flats, Tennessee. They raised two daughters, Lea and Amanda, and one son, Robert. Bobby’s job with Eastman transferred the family and gave them lifelong memories of living in Libertyville, IL; Norfolk, MA; Kingsport, TN; Plymouth, MI; and Nashville, TN.

Bobby’s known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He never knew a stranger. Bobby had a passion for the games of golf and football, and taught his children at an early age to be avid sports fans. While living in Norfolk, he proudly served as a member of the Norfolk Lyons Club of Massachusetts, a Pop Warner Football coach, and a Little League Baseball coach. He enjoyed relaxing with a Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and was a long-time member of the honored Tennessee Squire Association.

Throughout his time residing in Middle Tennessee, Bobby was a member of the Brentwood United Methodist Church and the Wesley Forum Sunday School class.

Bobby was preceded in death by his father, Wesley, his mother, Lena, and sister, Joretta (Sluss) Cross. He is survived by his wife Brenda, his three children, Lea Sluss, Robert Sluss and Amanda (Sluss) Gilchrist. He was godfather to Katie (Watts) Thomson and an honorary “uncle” to many.

A private funeral service will be held at the Brentwood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Brentwood United Methodist Church (online at or donations can be mailed to Finance Dept., 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027) and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (online at or donations can be mailed to Donor Services, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 900, Nashville, TN 37203).


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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C. Beckett

January 27, 2021

Condolences along with thanks for a life well live and shared. You and Bobby were a great team, bless you as you face the grieving process and adjust to loving Bobby while he is no longer physically present. I still enjoy referring to Ranger Brenda. Thankful you selected BUMC and Wesley Forum, that decision brought fun and happiness to many of us. Thankful I did get to see the two of you a bit more frequently back in the days of an open dining room at The Harmony. I view frequently pictures from our 70th, almost 10 years back, from the train ride in Alaska and so many more. We will all miss his physical presence but also thankful that we knew him. Blessings & Peace Bob Beckett

Bob & Judy Schrader

January 26, 2021

Brenda and family, we are so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. A mutual friend, Stafford McNamee, called tonight to let us know.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
I remember the fun times in the mid '60's when you all attended our wedding in Johnson City. If I am not mistaken you were a correspondent in the Plastic Div. Anyway, worked with Bobby over the years. He always had a smile on his face. Sorry he has had to go through all of this pain.
Thinking of you all.
Judy & Bob Schrader
Kingsport TN

Bert Fowler

January 26, 2021

Brenda,the wonderful experiences we shared in Wesley Forum and our bridge clubs will always bring a smile. Such fun times and sad times shared. Send our love and hugs to you and your family. Bobby was a great friend.

Chris McClure

January 26, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Bobby. I so enjoyed you all living next door to me on Tinnan Ave. What great friends you all were to me and helping me. I think about you both often and will keep you and your family in my prayers . Bobby was a good soul and his smile was infectious!!

Charles Harmon

January 23, 2021

Sorry for your lost Brenda prayers for you and family I went to Mary Hughes high school I moved to Knoxville Tennessee i1964 where Pat and I made your home pat passed away august 2019 raised three gIrls servile grand kids and great g
The Sluss family was good friends your father Dr Cole Dr me for servile year’s
Charles E Harmon

Charles Harmon

January 23, 2021

Sorry for lost brenda and family the skuas family was good friends to me when lived in planet flats I move to Knoxville Tennessee in 1964 i went Mary Hughes high school
Your daddy dr me for servile year’s sorry for your lost good bless you and family
Charles E Harmon

Mary Kaylor

January 23, 2021

Just learned of Bob's death and am so sorry to hear. Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. May all your happy memories exceed your grief.

Brenda Sluss Addington

January 19, 2021

Brenda and family,
My heart goes out to each of you. Sending love and hugs.

Brenda and Kendall Addington
Savannah, Ga

Earl Fretz

January 19, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bobby's passing and we wish hopeful prayer for Brenda and the family.
Delphene and I have long lasting memories spending time with Bobby and Brenda. Our time together in Norfolk, MA is precious and after we moved to FLA, we often would meet them at Fisherman's Pier in Punta Gorda for a meal and a drink. Bobby was fun to be with and we would share & laugh about our stories and memories of times together.

Rest in Peace, Bobby.

Ken and Tricia Helenbolt

January 19, 2021

We always enjoyed spending time with Bobby and Brenda when they visited Rob in Naples. He was always the kindest man, happy to be around friends and family. One thing he always did was make people feel welcome. We will cherish the fond memories, and he will be deeply missed.

Ken & Tricia Helenbolt