Bob Safrit

October 22, 1927November 13, 2012

HIGH POINT- Bob H. Safrit, age 85, a resident of High Point since moving here in 1948 to begin a sixty-four career with Sechrest Funeral Service, died peacefully November 13, 2012 at his home.

Bob H. Safrit was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on October 22, 1927 to the late William Alexander Safrit and Lela Powlas Safrit. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, he graduated from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Law and Science. During his career at Sechrest he proudly served as President for a number of years. One of the most recognized people in his community. Bob was known for his personal approach when assisting families during their time of need. He was the President of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association from 1984-1985. Bob was a member of The First Presbyterian Church and for many years he served as Deacon, Elder, and chairman of various church committees. He actively participated in The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group which became a very important part of his life. Bob was a member of the Advisory Board of the Presbyterian Home, the Guilford County Register of Deeds Professional Advisory Board, High Point Country Club and the High Point Lions Club where he held the position of Director. As a Mason, he participated in Numa F. Reid Lodge No. 344. In addition, he was a volunteer with the United Way of Greater High Point and the American Red Cross. An avid Duke Basketball fan, Bob belonged to the Iron Dukes.

In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his twin sister Betty Sue Kronenwetter, brother-in-law, Charles Haverty and four half sisters and one half brother of Cabarrus County.

Bob is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Smith Safrit, one daughter Jayn Elizabeth Swaim and her husband Ed of High Point, N.C.; two sons Randall H. Safrit and his wife Deborah of High Point, N.C. and Dr. Hal D. Safrit and his wife Nancy of Chapel Hill, N.C; three grandchildren Lindsay Elizabeth Swaim of High Point, N.C., Alexander Jonathan Safrit of Madison, W.I. and Catherine Elizabeth Safrit of Chapel Hill N.C.; sister Jeanette S. Haverty of Virginia Beach, V.A.; brother-in-law Joseph Kronenwetter of Raleigh, N.C., one niece and four nephews, also several half nieces and nephews of Cabarrus County.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Bob’s wonderful caregiver, Gail Joines, and to Lamont Estes who generously offered his services to Bob when needed. They also wish to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Vicki Stovall for her committed care and concern for him during these past years, along with Malissa Watkins, RN and the entire staff a the High Point Kidney Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17 at The First Presbyterian Church with the Dr. Kenneth Broman-Fulks officiating. Burial will be at Floral Garden Cemetery prior to the service at 10:00 am. Visitation with the family will be from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm on Friday November 16 at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.

The family requests that Memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 918 North Main Street, High Point, N.C. 27262; the National Kidney Foundation Inc, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016;Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Interment Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Kathy and Stuart Rush

November 19, 2012

A beautiful family inside and out. We appreciate Bob's devotion to The Lord, his family and First Presbyterian Church. We offer our prayers and condolences.

Gail Gurley

November 17, 2012

Ed, we are so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. He was a great, dignified man who gave so much to our world. He lived a beautiful life but it's still hard to give up those we love. We wish you joy and peace in your happy memories of Mr. Safrit. Ed and Gail Gurley, Granite Quarry, NC

Wells & Kathy Greeley

November 16, 2012

I was very saddened to learn of Bob's death. Bob was the consummate funeral service professional. His demeanor allowed him to establish a positive and helpful approach to anyone who came in contact with him. Kathy and I will always cherish the time we spent with Bob and Betty through our vocation and our friendship. May God be with your entire family in your loss of a very special person.

Judy and Gary Edwards

November 16, 2012

Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones Bob left behind to cherish his memory. Betty I will think of you often and hope you will find peace to help you through this very sad and difficult time.

November 16, 2012

Bob dedicated his life to serving familys in their time of need. He truly was a gentleman and a shining example to others in funeral service. His voice and leadership will be truly missed. My prayers are with the family.
Mike Sears, Greensboro,NC

Roberta Clodfelter

November 15, 2012

Bob was such a joy to work with and he will be sincerely missed
Roberta Clodfelter (High Point NC)

Joe I. Joyner

November 15, 2012

Betty my prayers are with you at time of your lost of a good. I still remember 'sthe good times we had and how nice you'll were to Annie and I on the trips we took when he was President and on the board of NCFDA. Even do we have not see each other for a while, I have had you'll in my thought. Please let me know if ther is anything I can do for you.

Joe I. Joyner (JCFDA-Wilson, NC)

Faye Parker

November 15, 2012

Bob was a good and faithful servant, a life well lived. He touched so many lives and offered comfort to the families of High Point. Bob set the standards for generations to follow. May your memories comfort you at this time.

November 15, 2012

My Daddy, Ervin Griffin worked with Bob at Sechrest for some years. Bob was a fine man with a loving heart that helped many families in their time of need. He always knew the right words to say and they came very easy for him because they came straight from his loving heart. Sidney and I send our thoughts and prayers to Bob's family and the Sechrest family as well.
Susan Griffin Fisher (Elizabethtown, NC)

LaDonna (Donna) Peele Watts (Jim's sister)

November 15, 2012

Randy & Debbie, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Randy's father. Always remember & cherish the good times you had together. You're in my thoughts & prayers.