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Celebrating the Life of

Robert Arthur McCallum

November 22, 1936 - July 14, 2020

Virtual Memorial Service for Bobby

Obituary

Robert Arthur McCallum passed away on July 14, 2020 in Gainesville, Florida.  Robert fondly known as Bobby (Uncle Bob) was born on November 22, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Margaret McCallum, biological mother, Viola Swindell McNair, sister Leola Jackson, brother-in-law Jesse Nash, niece Denise “Niecey” Booker, nephew Jesse L. Nash and special cousin Joseph Belton (JB) Baldwin.

Bobby attended public schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Bartram High School.  He was united in holy matrimony to Leath S. Green on May 04, 1957.  This union was blessed with two daughters, Rochelle McCallum Harvey and Anita McCallum Outen.  Later in life, he married Shirley Griffin on June 29,1985 in Philadelphia, PA and then relocated to Starke, Florida.

Bobby was a diligent worker and labored hard over the years.  He worked as a truck driver for many years and was later employed with the City of Starke, Florida from which he retired. Bobby led by example and instilled in us the importance of being on time. Bobby had a heart of gold and would always lend a helping hand to those in need.  He enjoyed repairing vehicles, driving, dancing, listening to the oldies, and being outdoors.  His favorite dances he could often be seen doing was called the “slop” and the “bop”.  We will have fond memories of him dancing with family and friends.  He cherished his family and friends and we are happy that we had the time with him here on earth.

Bobby leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 35 years, Shirley McCallum, children, Rochelle (Herbert), Anita (Randolph), Kelvin (Greta) Jones, Crystal Dempsy Williamson, Charles Woodard, Avery, Kashondra and Ka’Shon McCallum, sister, Lila Nash, 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, special nephews, Pedro Swindell, Rickey Swindell, special nieces, Velda Jackson, and Balis Presley, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and dear friend Lee Payton.  A life well-lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.  He will always be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by family and friends.
 

 
 

Family

We wish to express our sincere appreciation for all your love and support during our time of loss. Thank you all for acts of kindness to our family. Thank you everyone for the many expressions of kindness, support and love you have shown to us during this period of bereavement for our family.

Guest Book

Please visit the Guest Book below and leave a Tribute to Robert. We would love to hear your memories, see your pictures, and read your kind words.

 

Bible Verses

Psalm 147:3

3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Matthew 11:28-30

28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Revelation 21:4

4 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

John 14:1

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me."

John 16:22

22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 

 

Order Of Service

Robert Arthur McCallum

Worship Leader- Rev. Sarah Wallace 
 

Selection -What a Friend We Have in Jesus 
 

Scripture - Quintessa Nash 
John 14:1 
Matthew 11:28-30 

 

Prayer of Comfort - Joann Baldwin 
 

Selection - I Smile 
 

Obituary -Evangelist Greta Jones 
 

Condolences- Evangelist Greta Jones 
 

Reflections:

Rochelle McCallum Harvey, 
Anita McCallum Outen, 
and Vivian A. Grice 

 

Remarks 
 

Selection - Be Grateful 
 

Eulogy - Minister Kelvin Jones 
 

Closing Prayer - Minister Kelvin Jones 
 

Selection - Heaven 

A memorial program can be found here

 
 

Poem

Photo Gallery

The gallery below is a tribute to Robert Arthur McCallum from his family and friends.