Robert E. DuBose Sr.
DUBOSE Sr., ROBERT E. 90, born September 9, 1930 in Frostproof, FL, died January 30, 2021 in Fletcher, NC. His parents were migrant workers and the family moved shortly after his birth and frequently thereafter following crops across the country. His sister Anita was born two years later. When he was 15, he met the love of his life, Joyce Evelyn Pope in Tampa, FL. They married less than 4 years later and raised 4 boys while he worked in the printing business for 12 years. Bob had long felt the call to ministry and at the age of 30, with his family in tow, moved to Collegedale, TN where he completed a degree in Theology. He later returned to ministry with the Florida Conference, pastoring churches in Tampa, Winter Haven, Lakeland, Melbourne, Altamonte Springs, and Avon Park. The last 16 years of his ministry were spent as an Evangelist throughout Florida, holding 100 campaigns, and leading many to Christ. Bob and Joyce retired to Hot Springs, NC in 1997 and enjoyed the beautiful mountains of North Carolina until moving to Fletcher, NC in 2016. They were active members of the Hendersonville SDA church and Bob continued his ministry of connecting with people and handing out books anytime he could. His dear wife Joyce fell asleep in Jesus December 6, 2020, after a long illness, and less than 2 months later Bob contracted COVID-19 and succumbed to the illness in just 3 weeks. He had been active and very healthy prior to this. Bob is survived by his four sons, Bob Jr, and wife, Denise; Rich, and wife, Linda; Steve, and wife, Cindy; Dan, and wife, Karen; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren.