Robert ‘Bob’ Lamphier, Sr.


Robert “Bob” Lamphier Sr., 78, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Spring Arbor of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bob was born Jan. 27, 1937, in Edinburgh, to Louis and Laura Lamphier.

While working with Indiana Lumberman’s Insurance, Bob moved with his family to Raleigh in 1966.

Bob excelled in his insurance career, later establishing a successful Nationwide Life Insurance agency before working with the state of North Carolina.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Florence; a daughter, Barbara (Jerry) Kingrey of Raleigh, North Carolina; a son, Bobby (Amy) Lamphier of Cary, North Carolina; grandsons, Bryan Kingrey of Daniel Island, South Carolina, Aaron Kingrey of Cornelius, North Carolina, and Dylan Lamphier of Cary, North Carolina; a sister, Shelia (David) Browning; and many nieces and nephews in Indiana and California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, George (Libby) Lamphier; and a sister, Geraldine (Jake) Simpson.

Bob’s favorite times were with friends and family. He loved North Carolina State football, playing golf, fishing and relaxing at the beach or Lake Gaston. Mostly, he loved cutting up with “The Friday Five” and volunteering with his many friends from the Wilders Grove-New Hope Exchange Club.

The family wishes to thank their friends for their relentless, loving and heartfelt support. As well, a great debt of gratitude is owed to the wonderful team at Transitions LifeCare (Hospice of Wake County), to the Ruth Sheets Center at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, and to “The Cottage” staff at Spring Arbor for their dedication and kindness.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, North Carolina. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m.  Sunday at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St. in Raleigh, with visitation to follow. A private family inurnment will be at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to Hospice of Wake County Foundation (Transitions LifeCare) or The Ruth Sheets Center at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh;

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