Drum Funeral Home - Conover

509 First Ave South, Conover, NC


Robert Jay "RJ" York

November 8, 1938September 13, 2019

Robert Jay “RJ” York, age 80, of Hickory, NC, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Born November 8, 1938 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Robert Frank York and Dorothy Louise Schronce York.

In addition to his parents, RJ was preceded in death by his brother, Lonnie York; sister, Vivian York Holbrook; and nephew, Donnie Holbrook, and special companion, Margaret Lane.

RJ was a member of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Conover, he served as an elder, and on numerous church committees. After retirement, RJ’s passion was meeting and greeting people as a salesperson for Hickory Daily Record.

Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Tibbs and husband, Jeff; sisters, Naomi York Smith, Judy Kay York, and Wanda Ammerman; nephew, Joe Lutz and wife, Melanie; nieces, Kathy Winters, Cindy Pittman, Alisa Hicks and husband, Gary; and aunt, Shirley Caldwell and husband, Gerald.

The graveside service with military rites will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Conover City Cemetery with Rev. Peggy Stout officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.drumfh-conover.com

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 217 2nd Ave. NE, Conover, NC 28613

The York family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Service sin Conover, NC.



  • Graveside Service Saturday, September 21, 2019


  • Receiving of Friends


Robert Jay "RJ" York

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Merianne Pyne

September 21, 2019

I’m just reading RJ’s obit as Frank had surgery and I’m just catching up with newspapers. So very sorry to hear of his death. I’ve seen him quite a few times manning the HDR booths and he looked well.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love, Merianne

Drum-Wilkinson Trustees

September 19, 2019

RJ was easy to love. He was also a very loving person. We are sharing your loss in his presence on this earth. We also share the joy through our confidence of his eternal home. What a wonderful reunion that must be. Our prayers are with each of you. May God walk with you each day.

Iris Huffman

September 18, 2019

You are in my thoughts and prayers.