Bobby Ray Church

Born in Elizabethton, Tennessee on June 9, 1948

Departed on November 22, 2019 and resided in Franklin, Tennessee

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Bobby Ray Church- Bob passed away peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2019 at his home in Franklin, TN. He leaves behind a legacy of love for his family, devotion to his country and its armed services, and commitment to his savior, Jesus Christ.

He is lovingly remembered as a husband, brother, father and grandfather. As a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army, Bob rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received the distinguished Legion of Merit, among many other recognitions. An active member of Brentwood Baptist Church, he was a member of the Encouragers Life Group and the Condolence Committee. For those that knew him well, he will be fondly remembered for striking up long conversations with potential friends, also known as strangers, and for a willingness to run errands for loved ones at anytime of the day or night.

Mr. Church has been joyously reunited in Heaven with his parents, Erwin and Mae Church; bother, Lester; sister, Vanessa. He is survived by his wife, Retha Church; children, Tommy Church, Janan Church and Bobby Church; step-children, Jonah Hickson, Charis Hickson, Drew Fletcher (Lynsi) and Katie Belvin (Michael); five delightful grandchildren that loved their Poppy, Willamina Church, Henry and Ezra Fletcher, Charlotte and Evelyn Belvin; brothers, Vance Church and Gary Church (Jo Anne); many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. and Interment will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

5 Comments to Bobby Ray Church

  1. Jane Phillips
    November 23, 2019 4:52 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m
    sure Bobby’s homegoing was such
    an unexpected event and you are
    missing him terribly. I was in Bobby’s
    graduating class and live in Spring Hill.
    We always planned to go out and eat
    (with you, of course), but we never
    got around to it. You are in my thoughts
    and prayers. In Christ’s Love, Jane

  2. Jenett Morgan
    November 26, 2019 7:21 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. I went to school and graduated with Bobby. He was such a nice guy and always treated everyone the the same. I know he will be missed by many. May God Bless the family.

  3. David. Parlier
    November 30, 2019 5:11 pm


  4. Phyllis Franklin Perry
    November 30, 2019 9:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Bobby and I were cousins. Our parents(James and Floy Franklin)and his family visited each other when we were kids. Lost contact over the years, but thought of them often. Also we were same age and went to high school together. Praying
    for comfort and peace for the family

  5. Janet McCarter-McDonald
    July 17, 2020 12:28 pm

    Just learned of Bobby’s passing. He was a dear friend when we were in the Army at the beginning of our service. Bobby was best friends with Oliver McDonald (both Medical Service Corps officers) and I was an Army Nurse Corps officer. For several years before and after children we would get together when location allowed. His Christian attitude was always evident as well as love for his family and country. The world has lost a good man. 💜

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