Bob grew up in Lee County. He served in the Army Security Agency in Turkey in the 1960s before receiving an undergraduate degree from Georgia Southwestern College and a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia.
Bob retired from the U.S. Probation Office in 1996, after which he found his true calling as a wood turner. He exhibited his work at a number of regional arts and crafts shows and galleries, and his creations grace the homes of family, friends, and strangers alike.
Bob delighted his family with his quick wit and expansive sense of humor. He had a knack for finding humor at the most unexpected times and places. Stories told by him will live on in the hearts of his family and many friends and will always bring a smile. His greatest loves were his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also loved the mountains, animals, and wood.
Bob leaves behind his loving wife, Marian; son, Patrick Lovelace (Tonya) of Little Rock, Ark.; daughter, Holly Williamson of Clayton; sister, Edwina Drinkwater (Charlie) of Albany; sister, Brenda Garner (Roy) of Columbus; brother-in-law, David Hartsfield (Sharon) of Americus; four cherished grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and one great-grandchild. Bob was also thankful for the love and support of friends Darby Peterson, Dick Weber, and Penny and Jim Bradley, among others.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Rabun Paws 4 Life, 261 Boen Creek Rd, Tiger, GA 30576; or to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004 in lieu of flowers.
Beck Funeral Home, Clayton, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.