Robert Davidson

Born in Sapulpa, OK on June 27, 1929

Departed on January 17, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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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.

10 Comments to Robert Davidson

  1. Rodney Smith
    January 17, 2020 4:12 pm

    Really a great man. I really appreciate the time I spent with him and his fine daughter who became my beloved wife!

  2. Terri Strader
    January 17, 2020 6:20 pm

    Nancy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in the days and months ahead.

  3. Homer Hall
    January 18, 2020 10:46 am

    He was a great man. I will miss him. He was a devoted Christian. He would do anything for anyone. His kindness was felt by all who knew him. I’m going to miss one of my best friends. I’ll also miss eating cherry pie and ice cream with him. My prayers are with Mary and the rest of his family.

    • Norma Anderson
      January 20, 2020 2:04 am

      Nancy and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of your dad/husband/grandfather/brother/great-grandfather. May you find strength and peace in the love of friends and of each other. Nancy, I remember your father’s wonderful smile. You must miss him so, and I send my love and prayers. I wish I could be there to share a hug and a lot of time with you.

  4. Don Pickard
    January 18, 2020 12:45 pm

    Bob will be missed at our church and in our community in Ft. Myers, Fl. too.
    May God be with Mary and the family at this difficult time.

    Don & Billye Pickard

  5. Pat Lucas
    January 18, 2020 1:53 pm

    Mary and family, We enjoyed getting to know Bob as fellow residents of Terrace 2 in Ft. Myers and through attending plays with Mary and him. What a fine gentleman! We will miss him. Sending love and prayers to you and extending our deepest sympathy to all.
    Pat and Bob Lucas

  6. Anne Woods and Chuck Strehl
    January 18, 2020 6:10 pm

    We will miss Robert’s generous smile and profound curiosity. We were blessed to share time with him in Fort Myers FL and in Nashville where he brought our attention to wonderful observations on wildlife and mechanical devices. He also shared knowledge from his bible study.
    He enriched our visits to Florida with profound commentary and questions, and we are proud to have shared some of our knowledge of natural history with him. We are at a stage of life when the passing of friends becomes all too common. We mourn the losses but give thanks to have encountered people who give so much. Bob’s life gives credit to the thought that mortals can be more than mere. We add our blessings to him and to the fine family that he has left to this world.

  7. Frank and Beth Woods
    January 19, 2020 9:15 pm

    I know of no better man. He guided us by example. He loved life and sharing it with others. He was our dear friend. We loved him and will miss him. God hold him close forever. Much love to his wonderful family. Our son, Chris, added “A lot of really great memories with him in Florida, you’re right- as nice as it gets.” God hold him close forever.

  8. Leigh Anne
    January 25, 2020 10:29 am

    Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time Nancy. Sending prayers.

  9. Lisa McCormick
    January 25, 2020 3:38 pm

    Nancy so sorry to hear this you are in my prayers

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