Robert “Bob” Nelson Lamb died peacefully at home on December 29, 2018 in Cleveland, Tennessee at the age of 90.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Jones Lamb; daughter, Jennie DeCook (Randy), of Cleveland, Tennessee; daughter-in-law, Deborah Lamb, of Etowah, Tennessee; sister, Darlene Holm, of Blue Springs, Missouri; grandchildren, Robert J. Lamb (Ashley), of Livingston, Tennessee; Tiffany L. Wilcox of Niota, Tennessee; Casey R. DeCook, of Cleveland, Tennessee; and Thomas J. DeCook, of Cleveland, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by son, Russell N. Lamb; sisters, Jean Croft; June Wethington; Juanita Artall; and Gladys Nixon; and five great-grandsons.
Bob was born on October 19, 1928 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri to Nye and Lona Nixon. He was adopted by Robert and Reatha Lamb following the death of his biological mother. He graduated from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas in 1951 where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He married Jo Ann Jones on December 29, 1952. Bob received his naval aviator wings at Pensacola, Florida in December of 1952 and spent 24 years as a Navy pilot serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Following retirement, the family resided in Florida and Georgia, finally settling in East Tennessee in 1990.
A Celebration of Life memorial and gathering for close friends and family will be held at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, Tennessee between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 7, 2019. A short eulogy will be presented at 1:30 pm by close friend, Larry Grimes. At a later date a graveside service with military honors will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in Benton, Tennessee.