OBITUARY

Robert L. "Bob" Sales Sr.

July 5, 1925February 23, 2015
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Robert Luther “Bob” Sales, Sr., 89, of Madison Heights passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Virginia Baptist Hospital.

Born in Monroe, July 5, 1925, he was the son of the late Robert Lewis Sales and Cora Anderson Sales. He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy sales and sister Viola Sales Nuckles.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Jeffries Sales; one son, Robert L. “Rob” Sales, Jr. and his wife Tracy of Madison Heights; one step-daughter, Donna Freeman and husband Tim of Poquoson; one sister, Katherine Sales Vest; one granddaughter, Makayla Sales of Madison Heights; one step-grandson, Alan B. Freeman of Poquoson, one step-granddaughter, Samantha F. Hoegerl and husband Adam and their son Caleb; one niece, Jane Vest Tully and three nephews, Frankie Nuckles and his wife Darlene, Lynn Vest and his wife Amanda and David Nuckles and his wife Delores.

Bob was a combat veteran of World War II. He was a member of the famous B Company 116th infantry from Lynchburg. He landed on the beaches of Normandy, June 6, 1944 and fought for six months on the front line until he was seriously wounded in Germany. After a year and a half in the hospital, he gained some of his sight back.

Bob received many distinguished decorations, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with one oak cluster, the Purple Heart with two oak clusters, The Presidential citation with one oak leaf cluster and the Combat Infantry Badge. On February 12, 2014 Bob and his family traveled to Arlington where he was presented the French Legion of Honor by the French President, Francois Hollande.

He returned to England and to France where he visited the graves where his friends are buried who were killed in the battle. He built a private memorial at this home to honor the 113 men that were killed in B Company during WWII. He had many Army Buddy Reunions at this site.

Bob was a pulp wood dealer and a land developer and was the retired owner of Sales and White Timber Company after 40 years of service.

He was a charter member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, a member of the Elks Club for over 50 years, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War, Associate Life Member of the Blinded Veterans Association, A life member of the Combat Infantry Association, A life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a member of the American Legion Post 274 in Madison Heights.

His first love was horse racing. He went to the Kentucky Derby many times and for a period of time he owned race horses and raced at Charlestown, WV and in Maryland where he won many races.

A graveside service celebrating Bob’s life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. Frank Fuller and the Rev. Jeff Porter officiating. Military honors by the American Legion Post 16.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Whitten Monelison Chapel and at other times at the residence.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the National D-day Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 106 Clearview Rd., Madison Heights, VA 24572 or the Monelison Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 74, Madison Heights, VA 24572.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 25, 2015
  • Graveside Service Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Robert L. "Bob" Sales Sr.

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April 10, 2015

SO SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF BOB SALES. I HAD THE HONOR AND PLEASURE OF VISITING MR. SALES AT HIS RESIDENCE A FEW TIMES. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT WAS TO BE WITH A TRUE AMERICAN HERO! I'LL NEVER FORGET HIM.

STEVEN TAYLOR
SISSONVILLE, WV

March 3, 2015

Bob was one of my favorite clients when I was practicing law. It was always a pleasure when he came to my office. We would talk and talk. He shared many of his lifetime stories. It was a great honor to know him. He was a living legend. I regret that I was not able to attend his funeral service, but want the family to know that he will be greatly missed. Hon J Leyburn Mosby Jr, Judge

brenda roberson

February 25, 2015

may he have peace in heaven...my father was in the 29th division also...i saw this posted on facebook by the 29th division historical society...i lost my father in 2008...so many of the greatest generation are leaving us but their legacy will live on...my sincerest sympathy to the family...

Blake & Lisa Robertson

February 24, 2015

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Renee' Elliott

February 24, 2015

One of the last true heroes & gentlemen. He was one of a few. He will be sorely missed by anyone who ever heard him speak.

Angel Goodman

February 24, 2015

Alice, Rob, Tracy, and Kayla,
Praying for you during this time of loss. It was a blessing to have known Mr.Sales, I always enjoyed his stories while coming to fish or swim at the pool. He was truely a Hero.

Jane Peters

February 24, 2015

Alice, Rob, Tracy and Kayla - My sincere sympathy to you at this special time. Bob was a wonderful neighbor and his veteran stories always fascinated me. What a sacrifice he made for all of America. May the wonderful memories and all the special tributes soon erase the grief that you feel. My condolences.

Jeff Berry

February 24, 2015

the word "hero" is thrown around alot. these men are the true meaning of hero. thank you for your service. Jeff Berry A Company 116 infantry 2000-2012.

Robert Anderson

February 24, 2015

Thank you for all you did for the family and this great country. I will honor the tokens of your past that you have given to me over the years, pass them down in the family, and make sure your memory is never forgotten.

February 24, 2015

Mr. Sales was a true patriot. He was kind enough to Skype with my 11th grade history class last year and answered all of the students' questions about his military service. We send sincere condolences from Poquoson High School.
Becky Morrison (Poquoson, VA)

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Bob, 6 years old.

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Bob at 14

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2nd Platoon B Co.
February, 1941 - Fort Meade Maryland

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While at hospital having operation on his eyes.

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Staff Sgt. Robert Sales
March 26, 1946 - day he was
discharged from Hosital and Army.

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Sales & White Timber Co.

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