In Memory

Robert "Bobby" Sipes - Class Of 1974

Bobby Sipes, FHHS ’74, lost his battle with cancer on May 1, 2011.  Please see the note and photos below sent to Joe Gililland from Bobby's sister, Kelly Sipes Shafer (FHHS ’73), with details about the memorial service held in Ormond Beach, Florida on Thursday, May 5th.

I wanted to let you know that my brother Bobby passed away this past Sunday May 1. He passed away after a brave battle with cancer. He was in his house with our family.
We will be celebrating his life this Thursday May 5 in Ormond Beach, Florida. We will have a service at St. James Episcopal Church (44 Halifax Drive, 32176) at 3 and then congregate at the Halifax Plantation Clubhouse for a meal and to share stories.
We would like for you to let our classmates know. Attached are a few good pictures of Bobby. Thank you very much for your help with this.
Best regards,
Kelly Sipes (‘73)
In Memoriam
Please Join Us  ~
The Celebration of :
The life of Robert (Bobby) Sipes
Born 2/24/57  Died 5/1/11
St James Episcopal Church
May 5, 2011 at 3 pm
44 S. Halifax Drive
Ormond Beach, Florida 32176
His family and friends will carry on his joyful kind spirit with them always..he will be dearly missed.
In Lew of Flowers the family requests you make donations to:
For Cancer Research
Bobby and his three sisters………..


Online Guest Book will remain online permanently courtesy of Debbie Dickens.
I miss you every day. Much love.
- Lesa
June 26, 2011
Rest in peace my old friend. You were a cutie pie!!!
May 15, 2011
rest my friend.
May 08, 2011
God has called home an angel.
I love you Bobi..


May 05, 2011

Sylvia, Osra, and Bailey;
I am heart broken over this! I really don't even know what to begin to say. Bob was awesome in everyway! I so admired the way he was so giving and gentle with the girls. It seemed he never said "no" to them and their request! I cannot count how many times Rebecca was blessed to spend time with Osra and her daddy. She would come home and tell me all the things Bob let them do!!!! and you know Rebecca she's got some idea's!!! My whole family has been blessed to know Bob and you. Please know your not only in our thoughts and prayers but our very soul hurts for you. Bunches of love to each of you,
Wes, Renee, Tabitha, and Rebecca Stricklen


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06/15/13 08:24 PM #1    

Jeff Cain (1975)

Always smiling, always cool,

May you RIP.


Jeff Cain

06/17/13 12:12 PM #2    

Barbara Cairns Marston (Bouldin) (1974)

It makes me so sad to think that one so full of life could be taken so young.

I really never knew Bobby when he was older than 13. He and his family lived for a brief time on Ridgecrest Road near my home, and we had a wonderful summer that year with neighborhood friends. Summer seemed to last forever in those  days.  We were all just "coming of age" ...  the angst of growing up and difficult family situations (one of our friends lost his brother that year) were temporarily put from our minds as we ran free in the evening breezes, played basketball at Fritz's house until it was too dark to see, and then played flashlight tag among the fireflies until our parents forced us to come in.

When Bobby told us that he had to move again, we were all heartbroken. And although Bobby's indominable spirit and loyalty to his family buoyed him up through the frequent transitions, we found it difficult to resume life without him. Bobby just made life more exciting, more fun, and just.... sweeter. There was just something about him.

Buried somewhere in my childhood trunk, I still have the wrapper from an orange Charms pop that Bobby and I shared while we hid together under the stars.

I loved him.

Barbara Marston Bouldin


03/02/14 05:26 PM #3    

Teresa "Terry" Kinder (Alers) (1979)

I received the following note from Bobby's friend, Nicole Busse:

"...I am so sad to [hear] of Bobby's passing. We had a memorable summer with him in 1970 on Ridgecrest Drive. He was sweet and highly entertaining, and the instigator for all our pranks in Villamay. I have a picture of thirteen [year] old Bobby on his banana bike in the Weinstein's driveway on Custis with a lollipop in his mouth. Those blue, blue eyes and that shock of blond hair. He left an impression on all of us. Sincerely, Nicole Busse in Charlottesville, VA"

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