Robert Lyman Yoder
June 25, 1942 – November 12, 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
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Robert Lyman Yoder
November 22, 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