In Memory

Robert Earl Tomlinson

Robert Earl “Bobby” Tomlinson, 76, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019. He was born November 29, 1942 in Wake County to the late Robert Bernard Tomlinson, Jr. and Ruby Stone Tomlinson. Bobby graduated from Broughton High School, he received a two year business degree from Harbarger Business College. He honorably served his country in the US Marine Corps. Bobby retired after 23 years as an accountant with the City of Raleigh.

Funeral service 2:00 pm, Monday, February 4, 2019 at Bailey Baptist Church, 6646 Deans Street, Bailey 27807. Burial Stone-Heritage Family Cemetery, Stone-Heritage Road, Middlesex, 27557 with Military Honors.

The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 12:00 to 1:45 pm at the church.

Surviving: wife, Sharon Gunter Tomlinson; sons: Brian Tomlinson of Youngsville, Mark Tomlinson (Leighanne) of Clayton; daughter, Tracie L. Grantham of Raleigh; step-son, Troy Pittman of Raleigh; step-daughter, Jennifer Pittman Johnston (Marty) of Broadway; grandchildren: Crystal, Brittany, Ashely, Andrew, Julian, Caleb, Charissa, Easton.  

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by sisters: Sandra T. Holley and Terri T. Ranson; brother, Eugene R. Tomlinson.

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02/01/19 04:15 PM #1    

Johnny M. Brock

I was friends with Bobby in school and after.  We stayed in touch until I left Raleigh in 1986.  In 1965 Bobby and Tommy Flynn, who was a friend of ours, both purchased 1965 GTO's.  Bobby's was blue and Tommy's was red.  Other than the color, they were both tri-power and alike.  At the 50th reunion, Bobby told me he had rebuilt his GTO and planned to keep it.  Now both Bobby and Tommy are with their Creator and their cars are left to history.  May their familes know that they were both good men and missed.

Johnny Brock  

02/01/19 08:16 PM #2    

David Tingen

Bobby and I were good friends for many years and although I didn't see him very often in recent years his son Brian kept me up to date with what was going on.  We played little league sports together at the old Thompson School, played football together at Morson and had a common interest in hunting, fishing and hot rodding.  And like Bobby,  I had to have a blue GTO.  Rest in peace old freind.

02/02/19 08:34 PM #3    

William E (Billy). Marshall

Disturbing… Bobby and I lived next-door to each other downtown on Salisbury Street from the time of our birth until the second grade... we were as close as two toddlers could be and explored downtown Raleigh in the early 40’s. We were never that close after that except I did his routine divorce some 20 years ago.,,he was working for the City of Raleigh and I was practicing law in the BB&T building on Salisbury Street that was built on the exact  ground where Bobby and I first met.   About three weeks ago, in mid January 2019, Bobby called my old law office and said he needed to get in touch with me. They gave him my number in Florida and he called and said he had some bad news from the doctor and asked me what he should do about leaving his property. He never offered  and I did not ask what the bad news was.  We had what seemed like a casual conversation about what I was doing but he did mention that he was putting his Faith in God. I suggested googling a lawyer to do a simple will. He seemed fine with that advice. Disturbingly  I just found out that days later he died.  My first friend who was so full of life from our beginning passed on quietly with his Faith in God. May he rest in Peace.



02/02/19 11:01 PM #4    

George Elwood Whitman

Elwood Whitman                                                                                                                                                                    Bobby was one of the finest guys I have ever known.please wait at the gate I will surely see you in heaven.God bless you and your family.                       



02/03/19 08:25 AM #5    

Ray Gammon

Remember Bobby well.  Lost touch after graduation but remember nice guy with a great smile and pleasant personality.  

02/03/19 08:42 AM #6    

Pamela Albin (Gray)

 The only job I had in the USA was one summer vacation - Tasty Freeze - with Bobby.  My first job, we laughed so much, I delivered a banana split with no Bananas - my thumb went into a milkshake as I passed it throgh the window.  I would have said Dairy Queen but Bobby wrote in my Latipac to remember the Tasty Freeze.  I will never forget the Tasty Freeze or Bobby.  Very fond memories.  My condolences to his family.


02/03/19 09:35 AM #7    

Elizabeth Freeman (Hughes)

Bobby was one of the Longview Kids. Such wonderful memories. Times exploring the area long before it was developed, Sunday school beach trips, school. Riding to Hardbargers in a car that was once a yellow cab. Thankful for the happy memories.

02/03/19 10:50 AM #8    

Ted J. Chappell

Remember the days of playing ball at Thompson School with Bobby.  He was the best side-arm pitcher.  I always admired him.  He was a great friend.  Rest in peace.

02/04/19 12:11 PM #9    

William Stroupe

Although I did not know Bobby well, he always seemed the perfect gentleman -- polite, self-assured, and sincere in what he said. Sorry to hear of is passing.

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