The Transylvania Times -

Robert Edward Main


November 30, 2017

Robert Edward Main, 82, of the Riverwind community in Etowah, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, due to heart complications, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

He was born in Crystal, Maine Dec. 14, 1934 to James and Leoda Main.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his children, son, Kurt, of Suwanee, Ga. and daughter, Lori, of Norwich, Conn .; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two surviving siblings, Pat Sheldon and Bill Main, of Florida. He also leaves behind his beloved dog “Buffi,” who never left his side.

He grew up on the family potato farm in Maine. While attempting to join the Air Force while a senior at Pittsfield High in Massachusetts, he was found to have a heart condition that prevented him from pursuing that dream. He then enrolled in Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts and receiv-ed his degree in printing.

In 1959 he married the love of his life, Bonnie Stone, who would be his best friend for the next 58 years. During those years, he would begin a career in the printing industry in Massachusetts, upstate New York, with God leading him to a Christian printing company in Dallas, Texas.

Following that, they moved to Atlanta where he remained in printing until he retired in 1998. One to never sit around, he worked at Walmart in Georgia before moving to Etowah, where he worked at Walmart in Brevard for the next 13 years.

His greatest joy in life was worshiping and serving his Lord. Together, he and Bonnie were active in their local churches and had many home Bible studies.

Also, during his lifetime, he enjoyed traveling, RVing and camping with his family. He was an avid reader, and truly loved country, bluegrass and especially Southern Gospel music. Another of his pastimes for many years was watching his favorite football team, the New York Giants.

He will be forever missed by his wife, family and friends for his kind manner, gentleness, humbleness and his humor. He so loved his Lord and is now resting in heaven in the arms of God.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation in honor of his grandson, Charlie Mabry, or Samaritan’s Purse.

A thank you to all staff and doctors at Transylvania and Mission hospitals for their exceptional care.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration Service of Bob’s life at the Riverwind Subdivision Clubhouse in Etowah, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.


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