Robert Arthur Samia

August 15, 1959April 7, 2019

Robert “Bobby” Arthur Samia, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2019 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Bobby remained comfortable and happy throughout his final days accompanied by his loving family, who were often greeted by his warm smile and treated with a story or two about life or growing up. He wanted his final days to be quiet, peaceful and spent at home with his mother and brothers.

Bobby, son of Mrs. Samera Saleeby Samia Hayhurst and the late Arthur M. Samia, is survived by his mother, brother Mark, sister-in-law, Sharon and nephews, Arthur, Richard and Victor; brother Glenn, sister-in-law, Gina, nieces and nephew, Gracee, Gabrielle, and Graham; brother Paul, sister-in-law, Gina, nephew, Paul Jr. and niece, Isabella, and his longtime canine companion, Clifford.

Bobby was a life-long resident of Raleigh, spending most of his years doing for others, always concerned about others’ welfare, never considering it a burden, glad to lend a helping hand, share his quick smile and unselfish acts of kindness. He could frequently be found driving around town making an unexpected delivery or just stopping in to check on a friend. Bobby never knew a stranger… always wanted to know about you and what was going on in your life.

After graduating from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, NC, he worked with a prominent land developer, constructing office buildings around the Raleigh area, and later transitioning to carpentry, building custom furniture for many homes in the area. Bobby spent his later years providing landscaping services to Raleigh area homeowners, spending his free time at the horse barn caring for horses, and occasionally taking pause to see how the fish were biting.

He had a passion for nature and the outdoors – an avid fisherman, lover of all animals, large and small. He was always kind and patient, never in a hurry; always had time for another story, bite to eat or sip of iced tea. Bobby reminded us all that life is meant to be lived, enjoyed, and every moment treasured… for him it was about the simple things in life, family, friends, love for one another, watching a sunrise, standing by the still water’s edge as the fog lifted, enjoying the solitude… the fish were always a bonus.

The true measure of a man’s character is seen, not heard, in how he acts and how he lives. Bobby was always there for his “brothers,” by blood or bond, showing up on a moments notice, never questioning the reason or the sacrifice – all he had to know was you needed help, Anything – Anytime – Anywhere, Bobby was there.

Bobby will be dearly missed by all the lives he touched and enriched - person, animal, and plant. “Well done, good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21

Funeral services will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home at 1701 E Millbrook Rd in Raleigh on Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 am.

The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional care and tireless efforts of the entire UNC Cancer Team & the Hospice Home Staff – Donations to these organizations are welcomed and appreciated.


  • Mother & Father

    Samera Saleeby Samia Hayhurst
    Arthur M. Samia (deceased)

    Brothers & Sisters-in-law
    Nieces & Nephews

    Mark & Sharon Samia
    Arthur, Richard & Victor Samia

    Glenn & Gina Samia
    Gracee, Gabrielle & Graham Samia

    Paul & Gina Samia
    Paul, Jr. & Isabella Samia


  • Prayer Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, April 13, 2019

Robert Arthur Samia

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Scott Hand

April 18, 2019

I hadn’t seen Bobby in years, I knew him from the old neighborhood. We spent many evenings just standing in the driveway talking about whatever. He always made me laugh and smile! I’m sorry we lost contact, he was one of the best people I knew.
Mark, Paul,Glen, Mrs. Samia, I am truly sorry for your loss, peace be with you.

Susan Tingley

April 11, 2019

Steve and I have been Bobby's neighbors since moving to Youngsville almost 18 years ago. Bobby was the perfect neighbor - kind, friendly and always helpful. He enjoyed going fishing in our pond and we're going to miss his smile and warm sense of humor. Keeping your family in our prayers during your bereavement and beyond.
Steve and Susan Tingley

Dean Nichols

April 10, 2019

My sincere condolences to Mark and his family.

Arlene Davis

April 10, 2019

Sending My Sincere Condolences,
In My Thoughts and Prayers 🙏🏽
*Classmate *

Angela Brandenburg

April 9, 2019

Having known Bobby from school and remembering those times brings a smile to my face and his help later in life warms my heart. I will cherish your memory and to his family, he was a true friend and had a heart of gold.

Julie & Mike Bolus

April 9, 2019

Samera, Mark, Glen and family,
We are so saddened about Bobby’s passing. He was so kind and big hearted! A true old soul. He would often stop by the house or office just to say “hi” or see if we needed anything done or looking for freshly cooked meat pies. His smile would warm a room. He will be missed! Prayers and thoughts with you all. May Bobby Rest In Peace. Mike & Julie

Vivian Knuckley

April 9, 2019

To MY SWEET AUNT SAMERA AND MY COUSINS MARK,GLENN,PAUL As all of you know, Bobby was so kind, loving and accommodating to everyone’s needs. He was soft-spoken and never ever talked about anyone in vain. We should all learn from him. He lived his life the way that we all are supposed to do ,always putting himself last always doing for others.
I am sure Your dad (Uncle Art) and all of our family will be there to greet him ,hug him as he walks with them hand and hand through the gates of Heaven.
Hopefully, that gives you a little comfort as you grieve and adapt your life to not having him with you but knowing he walks with each of you hand in hand and by your side in spirit!
May God be by each of you
Love to all of you,

Robin Hicks

April 8, 2019

To The family,
Although you may miss the visual presence of Bobby in the days ahead, know that God has blessed you all with memories to cherish a lifetime. You all are blessed to have a sweet mother who has instilled the unconditional love of a family that is agape love. Embrace one another and I pray you find comfort and peace until you meet again.

Bobby always called the office an with his suttle calm voice he would ask how I was first and talk a minute and then would say is Mark busy. When he stopped by to visit I always got a hug. He truly was a humble man.

Praying 🙏 for the family.

Kim Mruk

April 8, 2019

Glenn, Gina and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Always think of the fond memories you have of your brother and though it may be difficult right now, those memories will make you smile and remember what a special person he was and will always be to you.

Our deepest condolences,

The Mruk family

Wanda Long

April 7, 2019

My heart is broken. Bobby was a part of our family in so many ways. Barney and I loved him like a brother.

To Mark and his family, please know that Bobby was so very special to so many people. Having Bobby as a friend was a privilege. He was so funny. I will miss his humor.

We love you all and will pray for the family.

Barney & Wanda Long