Robert “Bob” E. Davidson, of Hendersonville, passed away on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at the age of 90. He is preceded in death by his parents; Linus Allen Davidson and Virgie Davis Robinson Davidson, brother, Linus “Allen” Davidson Jr. and brother-in-law, Floyd Matthews. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Morton Davidson, children; Mark E. Davidson (Mary Helen), Susan D. Smith (Rodney), Steven M. Davidson (Pamela) and Nancy D. Henninger (Stuart), grandchildren; Michael (Samantha), Jeffrey (Ann), Kara, Bryan (Dana), Daniel (Heather), Caleb (Michal), Nicholas (Ariel), Andrew, Amanda, Samuel, Jacob and Joshua, great-grandchildren; Chloe, Paige, Taylor, Hazel, Audrey, Ruby, Hannah, Eliza, Naomi and Ethan. Bob is also survived by his sister, Gloria Matthews along with many extended family and friends.
Bob was born on June 27th, 1929 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and remained an Oklahoma Sooner football fan. He worked as an Electrical Engineer with General Electric and retired after 40 years. While with GE he worked in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Schenectady, New York and Hendersonville, Tennessee. Bob and Mary are long time members of First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville where he did mission work and was involved with the Companion Sunday School Class.
Bob enjoyed the outdoors which included visiting National Parks, boating, camping and hiking. His favorite travel destinations were Florida (Disneyworld) and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. As a young man he enjoyed swimming and playing tennis. He was an avid reader of history, especially Abraham Lincoln. In his leisure time Bob liked fixing things around the house, working on genealogy and enjoying his favorite treats, cherry pie and ice cream.
Family and friends were very important to Bob. His family describes him as being a loving husband, father and grandfather, faithful, kind and persistent. Bob was always willing to help others whenever a need arose.
A celebration of life service for Bob will be held at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville on Monday, January 20th at 11:00 AM, officiated by Pastor Randy Goodman. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street in Hendersonville on Sunday, January 19th from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and again one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will follow the service at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville General Fund.