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OBITUARY

Bobby Kyle Oglethorpe

September 16, 1930June 23, 2019
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Bobby Kyle Oglethorpe, “Bobby O”, passed peacefully from this world on Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2019. He was surrounded by loving, caring hearts at his bedside in his home in Pasadena where he had lived since 1964. Bobby was born in Teague, Texas, September 16, 1930 to Mary Newsom Oglethorpe and Elmer Eugene Oglethorpe. He was the youngest of two children, both were sons. At a young age Bobby’s parents moved the family to Pasadena where his father found work at Shell Refinery in Deer Park. This was during the Great Depression and a steady income was a great blessing. Bobby attended Pasadena schools and graduated from Pasadena High School where he enjoyed being actively involved in such things as the school paper. He was very athletic and was on the football, basketball and track teams. He thoroughly enjoyed his school years and talked fondly of them often. He made many wonderful friendships that lasted for decades. During WWII Bobby volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol at a very young age. He was inspired by his father who enlisted in the Navy after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He was a member of his local church and taught Sunday school for many years. After graduating from high school in May, 1949, he went to work at Champion Paper Mill here in Pasadena. In 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country for four years, 1950-1954. After his service, he returned to Champion where he became a top-notch machinist and retired about four decades later. A few years later, he decided to go back to work and was employed by Gagemaker, here in Pasadena as a machinist. He worked for some years before retiring for good around 2004. “Bobby O” met and married the love of his life, Betty Presswood in November of 1964. She was the cherished light of his days for about sixteen years, until her untimely passing as a result of severe illness. He maintained his faith in Jesus to guide him through these trying times. Bobby married Emma “Lou” Powers in April 1983. He then inherited a rather large family of five step-children and an increasing number of grandchildren through the years. At this time, he has six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. They all adored their Great-Grandpa Bobby O and he would get so excited to see them when they came to visit. His face would light up with joy. Lou and Bobby had many loving years of companionship until her passing in September 2011. "Bobby O" was an active fellow with high energy and enthusiasm for many years, up until the last few years of his life. After a full day of work, he would often work in his garden or other projects around his home. He was a “hands-on” guy who enjoyed making, building, improving and repairing things. His hobbies included bowling, square dancing, wood working, collecting and refinishing antique furniture and in later years, he became active in researching the genealogy of his family tree. And in much later years, he came to enjoy his easy chair more and watching old westerns on his big screen TV! He is preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Elmer, Jr.; and his two wives, as related above. Bobby O is survived by his brother’s daughters, Mary Jane Oglethorpe Evans and Judith Diane Oglethorpe Cox; as well as in-laws, cousins, step-children, grandchildren, great grandchildren by marriage and wonderful friends. We will all mourn the loss of our “sweet old curmudgeon”, as we used to tease him about. But, we all know that he is in a better place now. We will miss that great sense of humor and wit he had and the way Bobby would greet you when you walked in to find him relaxing in his easy chair watching those old westerns he enjoyed so much. He would look up with a big warm smile and say “Hey, how are you doing? -Come right in here and have a seat!”

God Bless You -"Bobby O"

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Sabrina Warr

June 30, 2019

Uncle Bobby was a remarkable man. He was witty, fun, and full of life. He was kind, caring, generous, and genuine. He was courageous, humble, and strong. He valued honesty, integrity, and making life better for others. He and my Aunt Betty married the year I was born, and I have so many fond childhood memories of him. He would put aside what he was doing to entertain us (his nieces and nephews), and to spend time with us, much to our delight. He was such a loving person. Just being around him brightened your day. Even during his last year, as hard as it must have been for him with his physical limitations, aches, and pains, he interjected humor and kindness where ever he could, hoping to help someone else have a better day.
He was a special man, who touched many lives, and he will be missed greatly, but I'm so glad he is with the Lord and with loved ones, and I will see him again.

Jillian Roberts

June 29, 2019

Grandpa, what a wonderful man you were. You took care of your family so very well. Some of my best childhood memories are from the time we lived with you. From waking up to smell of freshly cut flowers from your beautiful garden, having "microwaved" ice cream from the deep freeze, to the times you would tell me I would ruin my eyes from laying on the floor too close to the TV, you really knew how to make me feel special. Thank you for showing me how a real man provides for and loves his family. We are all better people because we had you in our lives.

Till we meet again,

Your favorite granddaughter - Jillian

Radie Stroud

June 29, 2019

Grandpa-Bobby always enjoyed his family and all kids. He always had kind things to say, never talking about others negatively. As I got to know Grandpa-Bobby when I was a young boy I recall him always chirping like different kinds of birds and seemingly throwing the sound behind me then he would just smile big and laugh. At first it had me very confused and looking around to see what kind of bird it was and why it was in the house. Eventually, as I got a little older I figured out the Grandpa-Bobby had serious bird chirping and whistling skills.

It was really cool when I had kids and would bring my girls by to visit with him, and watch him use those same chirping and whistling skills on them. Watching their little eyes light up with all the young natural curiosity. I realized that Grandpa-Bobby is exactly the same with my kids as he was with me. His kind hearted an loving way brings smiles that comfort every child he and person he met.

Grandpa-Bobby will be deeply missed, but we all know he lived a long happy life and he is in a better place now. We love you Grandpa-Bobby.

Cindy Roberts

June 27, 2019

Dear Bobby,
We miss you already. I have been thinking of the many wonderful things you have done for so many people. Thank you for everything you did for my Mother, Lou, and for your Great-grandchildren. I will never forget how you loved each and every one of them, and they loved you too.
And now you are with all those that you love dearly. I can only imagine the joy you are experiencing and I rejoice in that. You will forever be remembered. Your youngest daughter, Cindy (That's what you always called me.) I Love You.

PS: Tell my Mom, Dad and Sister Hi for me, we will see them soon.

LaDelle Maez

June 27, 2019

I will never forget the connection grandpa made with my kids as well as all of his other grandkids. We love and will miss you grandpa Bobby!!

Carle Dickens

June 27, 2019

Grandpa Bobby was a wonderful, loving, funny man. He always called me his Number 1 Granddaughter and made me feel very special. I was 13 years old when he came into our lives and he loved us all like his own. We will miss his happy loving face very much! I know he is with Grandma and Mom now. We love you Grandpa Bobby!!!

Tabitha Gatlin

June 26, 2019

My grandfather was a great man. He was brave, kind, smart, loving, generous, and full of energy for most of his life. He loved his family. We were blessed to have had him as part of ours for so many years. He made an impact on my life in so many ways. He was the first man who told me he was proud of me. He believed in me. He would always tell me I was going to be a millionaire. He gave me away at my wedding. He taught me how to do the two step and waltz. We danced together a lot on Saturday nights at SPJST in my teens. He bought me my first car, which I was supposed to pay him back for and never did. He never mentioned it. I am grateful for the years I was able to take care of him and do something for him for a change. I will always remember him as the fun loving, full of energy, collector/hoarder, multi hobby having man that he was. I will miss him greatly but I know he is happy in Heaven and I will see him again one day.

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Biography

Bobby Kyle Oglethorpe, “Bobby O”, passed peacefully from this world on Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2019. He was surrounded by loving, caring hearts at his bedside in his home in Pasadena where he had lived since 1964. Bobby was born in Teague, Texas, September 16, 1930 to Mary
Newsom Oglethorpe and Elmer Eugene Oglethorpe. He was the youngest of two children, both were sons.

At a young age Bobby’s parents moved the family to Pasadena where his father found work at Shell Refinery in Deer Park. This was during the Great Depression and a steady income was a great blessing. Bobby attended Pasadena schools and graduated from Pasadena High School where he enjoyed being actively involved in such things as the school paper. He was very athletic and was on the football, basketball and track teams. He thoroughly enjoyed his school years and talked fondly of them often. He made many wonderful friendships that lasted for decades. During WWII Bobby volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol at a very young age. He was inspired by his father who enlisted in the Navy after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He was a member of his local church and taught Sunday school for many years.

After graduating from high school in May, 1949, he went to work at Champion Paper Mill here in Pasadena. In 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country for four years, 1950-1954. After his service, he returned to Champion where he became a top-notch machinist and retired about four decades later. A few years later, he decided to go back to work and was employed by Gagemaker, here in Pasadena as a machinist. He worked for some years before retiring for good around 2004.

“Bobby O” met and married the love of his life, Betty Presswood in November of 1964. She was the cherished light of his days for about sixteen years, until her untimely passing as a result of severe illness. He maintained his faith in Jesus to guide him through these trying times. Bobby married Emma “Lou” Powers in April 1983. He then inherited a rather large family of five step-children and an increasing number of grandchildren through the years. At this time, he has six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. They all adored their Great-Grandpa Bobby O and he would get so excited to see them when they came to visit. His face would light up with joy. Lou and Bobby had many loving years of companionship until her passing in September 2011.

"Bobby O" was an active fellow with high energy and enthusiasm for many years, up until the last few years of his life. After a full day of work, he would often work in his garden or other projects around his home. He was a “hands-on” guy who enjoyed making, building, improving and repairing things. His hobbies included bowling, square dancing, wood working, collecting and refinishing antique furniture and in later years, he became active in researching the genealogy of his family tree. And in much later years, he came to enjoy his easy chair more and watching old westerns on his big screen TV!

He is preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Elmer, Jr.; and his two wives, as related above. Bobby O is survived by his brother’s daughters, Mary Jane Oglethorpe Evans and Judith Diane Oglethorpe Cox; as well as in-laws, cousins, step-children, grandchildren, great grandchildren by marriage and wonderful friends.

We will all mourn the loss of our “sweet old curmudgeon”, as we used to tease him about. But, we all know that he is in a better place now. We will miss that great sense of humor and wit he had and the way Bobby would greet you when you walked in to find him relaxing in his easy chair watching those old westerns he enjoyed so much. He would look up with a big warm smile and say “Hey, how are you doing? -Come right in here and have a seat!”

God Bless You -Bobby O!