ALTO PASS — Robert Wayne Gearhart, 80, of Elco, formerly of Alto Pass, went to be with his family in heaven at 8:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 10, 1939, in Pomona, the son of Leslie and Evelyn (Latchaw-Wright) Gearhart.
He married Nancy Joyce Cavaness on July 10, 1962, in Alto Pass.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Gearhart of Elco; four daughters, Vivian (John) Marks of Alto Pass, Ronnie Whiteside of Jonesboro, Tricia Gearhart (Ralph Ellett) of Alto Pass and Nancy (Gary) Dillow of Mazon; two sons, Robert Jr. (Angela) Gearhart of Cobden, and Roy Gearhart of Alto Pass; grandchildren: Susan Ashley, JJ, Justin, Sierra, Caitie, Caycee, Holly, Bo, Annie, Cody, Sean, Charlie, Elizabeth, Riley, Kelsey, Brandi, Autumn, Samantha Paige, and Sarah; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; six sisters, Jane Meadows of Dongola, Jeanne (Marvin) Meade of Gorham, Joyce (Claude) Stearns and Nancy (Curt) Conder of Murphysboro, Sharon Gearhart of Phoenix, Arizona, and Millie (Mike) McGrath of Cobden; one brother, Mark (Beth) Gearhart of Ava; mother-in-law, Gladys (Cavaness) Smithey of Anna; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and of course there was Phoebe.
He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Leslie; parents; father-in-law, Charles Cavaness; brothers, Lindell (Evelyn) Wright, Austin (Mary) Wright, Donnie (Betty) Wright, and Jack (Carolyn) Gearhart; sister, Judy Meade; and son-in-law, Randall Davis.
Robert was a volunteer fireman for the Alto Pass Fire Department for many years. He worked as an over the road truck driver and carpenter.
He was a member of the Carpenter's Union Local 638 and was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Cobden Masonic Lodge.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Davy Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 12, at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be said at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass is in charge of arrangements.