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.


Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:00 AM

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


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 17, 2015
    Donna Pruitt Almaraz lit a candle:
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  • November 23, 2015
    Dolon Peete says:
    So sorry for your lose. May you find comfort from your fond memories. The Bible gives us comfort when it assures us that soon all causes of suffering will end and mankind can enjoy life forever in perfect health. (Pslams 37:11,29; Revelation 21:3,4; John 17:3) We can even be reunited with our lost loved ones. (John 5:28,29) Please accept my sincere heartfelt condolences. For more encouragement, please go to

  • November 24, 2015
    Gina (Martin) Harms says:
    Hi Kenny. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. You and your family are in our prayers.