OBITUARY

Robert H. Raff

June 27, 1936November 26, 2018

Robert H. Raff, 82, of Little Rock passed away peacefully on November 26, 2018 surrounded by his children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Marjorie and is survived by his children Kim, Courtney and Robert.

Bob was born in West Helena on June 27, 1936. A graduate of the University of Arkansas and a proud Kappa Sigma. He began his married life as a teacher and football coach in Newport - winning the State Championship in 1963. The next year he moved to Little Rock and to begin his lasting career with Parts Warehouse, Inc. - becoming President in 1989.

Bob was very active in Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association, AWDA, the leading auto parts industry association. Over the years, he earned every major industry award including the AWDA Man of the Year in 1993 and in 1994, he entered the Automotive Hall of Fame for distinguished service. In 1998, the Manufacturers Association, MEMA, awarded Bob with the Triangle Award - the highest honor awarded by the automotive manufacturers.

Bob was all about golf and anything Razorback! His favorite memories were playing a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus and his quest to play the top 100 golf courses. A visitation for Bob will be from 4-6 pm on Friday, November 30 at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th Street. Graveside service will be 11:00 am Saturday, December 1 at Roselawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in his name, in honor of his late wife, Margie to Power For Parkinson's of Austin Texas. www.powerforparkinsons.org/memorial

The family would like to give a special thanks to the incredible staff at Good Shepherd Nursing & Rehab - especially his dear friends Alissa, Ryan, Jessica & Jerry whom he loved so much.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
REMEMBERING

Robert H. Raff

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Kathy Caldwell

December 4, 2018

I was supposed to know Bob and Margie Raff for my entire life. Margie and my mother were best friends. Sadly, my mother died when I was three and as much as Margie tried...we lost touch. I found her again when I was in my mid 30’s. Both she and Bob pulled me in and showed me what it’s like to have a real family. They included me in holidays and a few vacations. They taught me so much about love and family. I am happy for the many photos and memories of the years I got to enjoy them. Though it was supposed to be my whole life, they filled the years I knew them with so much love, it easily made up for lost time. Bob and Margie are two of the most beautiful souls I have ever and probably will ever know. They loved their children so much, it’s amazing they had any love left to share. But they did. And for that I am profoundly grateful.

Minnie conley

December 1, 2018

Kim,I am sorry for the loss of you all dad. He was a very nice man. He is in a better place now with his beautiful wife. Love Minnie former Housekeeprand his morning and evening helper.

Dicky and Goldie Evans

November 30, 2018

TO THE FAMILY OF BOB RAFF: First of all we would like to express our deepest sympathies during this most difficult time.

When I was about 36, Bob along with Kenny Payne made it possible for my wife, Goldie and I to open an auto parts store and become a PWI family member. I remember Bob sitting with me saying "Well, what are we going to name the store - gotta have a name!"

We will be forever grateful for the confidence Bob saw in us to begin our journey which continues today.

He was a good man and he made our lives better for being a part of it.

Rest In Peace Bob.

Jerry Arocha

November 30, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. Bob was a loyal & dedicated man to many that he knew. It is without a doubt that he touched many lives both professionally & personally.
He will be missed.
Jerry Arocha

Ralph Cloar

November 30, 2018

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Bob Raff was a good friend and a great man.

Eddy Toler

November 30, 2018

Bob was my football coach at Newport. I was crazy about him & Majorie . Years later when I moved to Little Rock, used to run into Bob. He was always the gentleman & wanted to know about me & my family. One of those people who has a positive influence on everyone.

Rudy Martin

November 30, 2018

Kim, Courtney and Robert, I'm so sad you lost your Dad. Both of your parents were wonderful people, and I have fond memories of us spending time with them. Now they are together again. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Rudy Martin

Melissa Joyce

November 30, 2018

Kim, Courtney, and Robert,

My heart aches for you. I’ve always felt a sweet spot in my heart for your Mom and Dad all these many years. My Dad had a medical issue a few years ago and I came to LR to visit. I found myself face to face with your wonderful dad in the clinic waiting room one morning. His big wide smile was just as I remembered him from my young years. What a sweet reconnection! I remember both of your parents - always with a smile - and that beautiful house in Pleasant Valley! Sending warm love to all three of you.

Melissa (Joyce) Red

David Hare

November 29, 2018

Played football for Coach Raff in Newport. A great guy. I was in the class of 1963, and Coach Raff attended our 50th class reunion in Newport. The class was very surprised to see him and enjoyed him being there reminiscing the "Good old days". A class guy that will always be remembered.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his Family.
God Bless

Harold and Betty Horton

November 29, 2018

Our sincere sympathy to all the Bobby Raff family.....you are in our thoughts and prayers.