Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

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Robert Lee Dellinger

February 26, 1934February 2, 2020

Robert L. (Bob) Dellinger passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020. He was born in Catawba County on February 26, 1934, to the late Archibald Ted and Bertha M. Dellinger. Bob was a graduate of Hickory High School and Furman University, Greenville, SC. He coached and taught at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC, Lee Edwards High School in Asheville, NC and College Park Middle School in Hickory, NC. He worked in Personnel at Burke Yarns in Valdese, NC and Superior Continental in Hickory, NC. He retired from Hickory Springs in Hickory, NC. For a number of years, he coached American Legion Baseball for Post 48. Bob was in the US Army on active and inactive duty (reserves) for 10 years and attained the rank of Captain. He was a charter member of Lakeview Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Barbara (Bobbie) Austin Dellinger of Hickory; daughter, Beth Pernell and husband, Billy; son, Burt Dellinger and wife, Patty, all of Hickory; granddaughter, Becky Dellinger of Madrid, Spain; grandsons, Logan Dellinger of Hickory and Billy Pernell IV of Jacksonville, FL. He is also survived by brother, William T. Dellinger of Black Mountain, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory. The Dellinger family has entrusted Drum Funeral Home, 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC for their help with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church, 4080 N. Center St., Hickory, NC 28601, or the Humane Society of Catawba County, 3224 20th Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

Condolences may be sent to the Dellinger family at www.drumfh-hickory.com . Drum Funeral Home in Hickory, NC, is honored to be serving the Dellinger family.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020


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Mike Sigmon

February 19, 2020

Sandy and I continue to pray for your (and our) family.
So sorry I could not make service as Jason and I were on a cruise ship Tuesday to Nassau, Bahamas. Sandy said service was meaningful.
I remember the good times of eating and sharing together at different houses thru the years. From Ted's and his red car to Jane's on a frozen lake in Lenoir to Bill's watching football. We have great memories of Bob. Also enjoyed meals with the family at S and S cafeteria.
We will continue to love and pray for your family.
May God guide you, give you peace and safety and may HIS presence comfort you in the years ahead.
Mike Sigmon

Kathy Brooks

February 10, 2020

Bobbie, Bert, and Beth,

We were so saddened to learn of Bob's passing. As a work colleague, there is not a time remembered that Bob was not fair and respectful in his dealings with all persons. But past that, we considered him an inspiration as well as a friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will certainly miss Bob, but know he is with our Lord.

With deepest regards,
Bill and Kathy Brooks

Lisa Barber

February 9, 2020

Beth, worked with your Dad many years at Hickory, he was a great person to work for and a friend when you needed an ear to listen. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger Snyder

February 6, 2020

My condolences; worked with Bob for several years at Hickory Springs. I consider him one of the finest men I’ve ever known and had the utmost respect for him.

Karen Summey

February 4, 2020

Bobbie, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you and your children will find comfort and peace in the wonderful memories you shared with Bob through the years. We will miss him so much. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

Buster Mann

February 4, 2020

Beth - My condolences. During the short time I worked with your Dad I have never met an individual with more class and integrity. Take care. Buster Mann