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The Kindest Man We Know: Remembering the Life of Bobby Rose, Sr.

Editor’s Note: Coming to work this morning under gloomy skies was only fitting because the world is a little dimmer today without Bobby Rose, Sr. in our lives. For 23 years, Bobby, alongside his precious wife Sheila, set an example for us all to follow at The Welch News. Never once did I hear him complain or fuss, no matter what came to pass. Once we received a call after 7 p.m., learning that Bobby and Sheila did not get enough papers to finish their route. They turned around in Leckie and drove back to Welch to get more papers so they could finish their route, even though we told them it could wait. That fierce dedication was an inspiration to all of us at The Welch News. In times when we were down, Bobby was always there with a smile and kind words. I’ll never forget the laughs we had and the tears we shared mourning the loss of my father, Jake. Bobby was a true servant to the community and was adored by all those who knew him. Thank you so much for everything Bobby and bless his family during the coming days. As for Bobby, I know if there is a antique car show in Heaven, that’s where you’ll find him.

The Welch News Crew

Bobby Rose, Sr., 81 years old of Thorpe, West Virginia passed away June 09, 2022, with his family by his side. Bobby was born January 10, 1941, in Elkhorn City, Kentucky and moved to Gary, West Virginia in 1957. Bobby graduated from Gary High School Class of 1960.

Bobby worked for Gary Union Supply Store, Elkhorn Valley Grocery Company and U. S. Steel Preparation Plant in Gary until closure of the facility. Bobby operated his own business with a Backhoe and Dump Truck. A proud Carrier of The Welch Daily News / The Welch News in the communities of Welch, Gary and Anawalt for the past twenty-three years with his wife, Sheila; Bobby was a proud Vietnam Veteran of The United States Army as well as a member of The Bluestone Region Antique Auto Club of Bluefield, West Virginia for thirty-three years; Bobby really enjoyed driving and showing his antique cars.

Bobby attended the Thorpe United Methodist Church; also belonging to the Model A Club. Bobby loved working in his garden and his wood shop; also collecting die cast cars, working word search puzzles and most of all, he greatly enjoyed being with and participating in activities with his family. Bobby loved talking to his Neighbors and his Newspaper Family and sitting on his front porch in his rocking chair with family more than anything.

Bobby was preceded in death by his loving parents Alvin and Daisy Clevinger Rose of Gary, his sister, Shelby Jean Hall and husband, Wayne Hall, nephew, Jerry Hall, mother and fathers-in-law, Jim and Edith Castle.

Those left to cherish the memories of Bobby are his wife of thirty-eight years, Sheila Rose of the home; son, Bobby Rose, Jr. whom he dearly loved; his nephew, Michael Hall of Gary; brother-in-law, James “Sonny” Castle and wife, Linda of Brushfork, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Sherry Doss and husband, Mark of Thorpe, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Nancy Castle of Thorpe; special niece, Brittany Doss and husband, Daniel of Montcalm, West Virginia; nephew, Jim Castle and wife, Diane of Montcalm, West Virginia; John Castle of Anawalt, West Virginia; David Doss and wife, Lindsey of Bluefield, Virginia; Kevin Doss of Kingsport, Tennessee; “Special Additions” to Bobby’s Family: Frank Kapish, Hannah Burke, Samantha Mossor, David Hughes and Jackie Dillon; Very Special Friends: Thurman Muncy, Paul Brooks, Sr. and Fairley and Duane Burk; special nieces and nephews whom he loved: Lindsey and Taylor Castle, Brian Cuppett, Savannah and Braylon Doss, Landon and Elly Doss.

Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, June 13, 2022, at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 12:00 PM – Noon at Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch, West Virginia with Pastor Ronald Felts officiating. Graveside Military Rites will be conducted at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, West Virginia by Iaeger VFW Local Post 1144.

Pallbearers will be Jim Castle, John Castle, David Doss, Kevin Doss, Michael Hall, Daniel Drake and David Hughes. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sonny Castle, Mark Doss, Thurman Muncy, Paul Brooks, Sr., Frank Kapish and Members of the Gary and Anawalt Volunteer Fire Departments.

The family would like to give a special thanks to The Welch News Staff for always being there and to the Princeton Community Hospital Second Floor South Nurses as well as STAT EMS, nursing staff and Dialysis in Welch and Jan Care Ambulance for all the excellent care they took with Bobby.Fanning Funeral Home in Welch is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneralhomes.com.