Robert "Bobby" Duvall Neese

Born in Willingboro, New Jersey on March 29, 1984

Departed on April 9, 2020 and resided in Brentwood, Tennessee

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Robert D. Neese “Bobby”, age 36, of Brentwood, Tennessee, died Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bobby was born on March 29, 1984, to Robert E. Neese and Helen Duvall Neese in Willingboro, New Jersey. He attended high school at Brentwood Academy and studied Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Professionally, Bobby worked as a Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer in Washington, D.C., and later Key West, Florida.

Throughout his life Bobby could be found piloting a sailboat through fifteen-foot waves, racing with a three-hundred-pound log through waist-deep mud, or traveling through Africa by bush plane. Whether diving the Indian Ocean, captaining a swim team, or photographing the Tasmanian devil, Bobby could always be counted upon to stop and help a friend – or start a party.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Myrtle and Lonnie Duvall; paternal grandparents, Ben and Helen Neese; and aunt, Ruth Ann Duvall Wells “Freddie”.

Bobby is survived by his mother, Helen Duvall Neese; father, Robert E. Neese (Corinne); brother, Benjamin W. Neese; uncles, Lonnie P. Duvall (Deborah) and David L. Duvall (Cindy); and aunt, Janet Schaefer.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Harpeth Presbyterian Church, 3077 Hillsboro Rd., Brentwood, TN 37027 (615.373.8387).

22 Comments to Robert "Bobby" Duvall Neese

  1. Bob Neese
    April 10, 2020 7:16 pm

    I love you Bobby

  2. Chris Sengewalt
    April 11, 2020 11:01 am

    I can not put in to words how much our friendship meant to me. You will truly be missed by the Sengewalt’s.

    Love,
    Chris, Staci, Owen, Emma, Alex

    • Helen D Neese
      August 23, 2020 12:18 pm

      Chris, Staci, Owen, Emma and Alex–
      You meant the world to Bobby…and still do. I am certain he is laughing with you and guarding you eternally.
      Our family is so grateful for you.
      Love,
      Helen

  3. Jan Schaefer
    April 11, 2020 7:41 pm

    What a joy you were to all who knew you. You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Enter into the joys of your rest. Peace.

  4. Patti Sheehy
    April 12, 2020 5:41 pm

    I never got to know you well, but I know you accomplished much in your short life and were so loved and cherished by your family and friends. Rest In Peace, Bobby. And may your family be comforted by knowing what a fine man you were.
    Patti Sheehy

    • Helen D Neese
      August 23, 2020 12:24 pm

      Patti-
      This is Helen Neese, Bobby’s mom. Thank you for taking time to honor Bobby.
      I am so grateful for friends such as you who reach across time and space to acknowledge the character of special people.
      Clearly, you are a special woman.

  5. Sandy Volchko
    April 13, 2020 12:39 pm

    You are missed, Bobby. I am glad that I have the few memories I have of us hanging out together. You were always smiling and your smile was contagious (you got that from your dad I think). Keep smiling in Heaven! I will see you again someday. 😘

    • Helen D Neese
      August 23, 2020 12:26 pm

      Sandy–
      This is Helen Neese, Bobby’s mom. Thank you for taking time to honor Bobby. You are so right about the smile!

  6. Nick Wolfe
    April 14, 2020 7:50 am

    I didn’t get to know you much outside our Freshman year at VT, but you were always kind. I do believe the world lost an extraordinary person. I hope to carry on some of the kindness and positivity you shared with me and others in your time with us.

    • Helen D Neese
      August 23, 2020 12:31 pm

      Nick,
      This is Helen Neese, Bobby’s mom.
      Thank you for honoring Bobby. You certainly are the kind of person that Bobby would have admired–taking time to go the extra mile. Bobby was extraordinary and I know he would be glad that his family got to hear from you in honor of how he inspired others. God bless you.

  7. Marilyn Johnston Blankenship
    April 14, 2020 7:20 pm

    Oh Bobby your candle burnt out much to fast!

    • Helen D Neese
      August 23, 2020 12:34 pm

      Marilyn,
      This is Helen, Bobby’s mom. Thank you for your tribute to Bobby.
      I have a strong feeling that I know you. How did you know Bobby?
      Bless you for taking time to honor him.

  8. magdalyn
    April 16, 2020 1:57 pm

    i love you so much bobby. 💕 thinking of you ms. helen and ben, you’ve been so strong for him for so long. i’m going to have some whiskey in his honor tonight.

    • Helen D Neese
      August 23, 2020 12:56 pm

      Maggie
      Honestly, you are the best. Bobby loved you. He lit up every time we talked about you. You truly “got” our boy. He was extraordinary and I know he will follow you in your life and beyond. Thank you for all the joy and love you bring to the Neese family.
      Helen

  9. Angelee
    April 19, 2020 9:53 pm

    Love you brother. ❤️

    • Helen D Neese
      August 23, 2020 12:46 pm

      Angelee–
      This is Helen, Bobby’s mom. Thank you for taking time to honor Bobby. You inspired him so much, and became a part of our family lore! Please know how grateful we are that the world still has men like you to offer.
      I am sure you and Bobby will stay connected. And don’t forget you have an extended family in Tennessee.
      God bless you.

  10. Susan Mead
    May 13, 2020 1:01 pm

    Connection is connection; I bawled like a baby just now reading the lovely card from you, Helen, about Bobby’s death. we met only that one time, but you’ve been a great teacher to me in many ways! Healing blessings to you and Ben.

  11. Helen D Neese
    August 23, 2020 12:40 pm

    Susan–
    What an example you are of how to inspire others. I frequently tell people about you and about “our story”. It is
    extraordinary how you have written on the slate of my life, and how I have used that script to share what you helped me discover.
    Thank you for honoring Bobby and Ben and me with your tears. There is not, in my mind, a better tribute.

  12. Helen D Neese
    August 23, 2020 1:02 pm

    Maggie
    Honestly, you are the best. Bobby loved you. He lit up every time we talked about you. You truly “got” our boy. He was extraordinary and I know he will follow you in your life and beyond. Thank you for all the joy and love you bring to the Neese family.
    Helen

  13. Helen D Neese
    August 23, 2020 1:07 pm

    Bobby,
    I love you bigger than the universe and all the way past the very last number. You have given your heart and soul to caring for Benjamin and for me. We three will be together always.

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