Robert Leonard "Bob" Idol, Sr. (2018-11-08 14:54:41)

Robert Leonard "Bob" Idol, Sr., passed away peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Sunday, November 4, 2018, after a year-long battle with Gliomatosis Ceribri.

He was born November 24, 1940, in Deep Gap, North Carolina, to Lane and Annie Idol. He attended Parkway Elementary and Appalachian High School, and in January 1960 he married the love of his life, Evelina Miller. Bob loved his family deeply. A lifelong member of Laurel Springs Baptist Church and longtime member of the Deep Gap Ruritan Club, Bob loved his community and served it well. He enjoyed traveling, working on old cars, eating a big bowl of ice cream, sitting around a campfire, drinking black coffee and eating dessert after dinner, attending Appalachian State football games, playing card games with friends, and singing tenor in the choir at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. Bob worked hard after high school and before his retirement; first at Shadowline and then at Suburban Propane. He instilled in his children and grandchildren commitment to church, the importance of working hard, devotion to family and friends, a love of simple things, and the power of a sweet smile.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Evelina; his two sons, Bobby, and wife Alison of Deep Gap and Michael of St. Augustine, FL; granddaughters Maggie and Callie, grandson Austin, and great-granddaughter Caroline: brothers Jack and wife Norma of Carlsbad, CA, John of Boone, NC, Jim and wife Margaret of Leasburg, NC, Bill of Deep Gap, Joe and wife Zola of Deep Gap, brother-in- law JL Coffey of Deep Gap, and Steve and wife Kathy of Deep Gap; a number of nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lane and Annie, sister Joyce, and sisters-in-law Dottie and Maxine (Jack), Marjorie (John), and Ruby (Bill).

Bob’s family is eternally grateful for the loving care shown by the many doctors, nurses, aides, sitters, and friends who worked through this year to keep him comfortable and safe and to show him how loved he was!

Funeral services for Robert L. "Bob" Idol will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2018, at 2:00 o'clock, at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Travis Suits and Reverend Sherill Wellborn. Burial will follow in Laurel Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock, at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 7504 US Highway 421, Deep Gap, North Carolina, 28618.

Online condolences may be sent to the Idol family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.