Robert Joseph “Bob” Kempster, Sr.

October 24, 1938 - November 13, 2015
Robert Joseph “Bob” Kempster, Sr.

Robert “Bob” Joseph Kempster, Sr., 77, of Hendersonville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Elizabeth House. Born in Crystal City, MO, he was a son of the late Alena Bell Stokley Kempster Posey and Harry Joseph Kempster.

Bob served in the US Navy and later retired from the North Carolina National Guard. He was employed by GE and retired after 28 years. He then retired from Polk County after 14 years as an administrator for the jail.

Bob, an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed these outdoor sports with his sons, grandsons, and close friends. He enjoyed family cookouts and loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Cora Marie “Betty” Drake Kempster, two daughters, Antoniette Ward of NY and Sonya Kempster Morgan (Chris) of Burnsville; two sons, Bobby Joe Kempster (Sherry) of SC and Kenny Kempster (Stacy) of Rutherfordton; five grandchildren, Graham, Grant, Kayla, Madison, Emily; one great-grandson, Jackson; two sisters, Mary Kempster of Mountain Home and Patty Kempster of Swannanoa; one brother, Billy Kempster (Cheri) of Forest City and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 3pm on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Shuler Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Chris Morgan and Rev. Matthew Morgan officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:30-3:00 pm prior to the service.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission Health Foundation, SECU Cancer Services, PO Box 5363 Asheville, NC 28813.


Service

Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:00 AM

Kirby Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Visitation

Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Kirby Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • November 15, 2015
    Carl and Doris Taylor says:
    Doris and I worked for many years @ G.E with both Bob and Betty . Bob was a friend to all who knew him . Death leaves a heartache no one can heal Love leaves a memory no one can steal .

  • November 15, 2015
    Carl and Doris Taylor says:
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal . Love leaves a memory no one can steal .

  • November 16, 2015
    James A. Osteen Jr. says:
    Have known this family and worked with Bob and Betty for many years. Pray that God will comfort them through this time of sorrowing.

  • November 17, 2015
    Virginia Hill says:
    Betty so sorry to hear about Bob. you will be in my prayers

  • November 17, 2015
    Donna Pruitt Almaraz lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2015 at 11:18:49 PM