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Robert McWherter

September 26, 1924 — November 23, 2020

Robert McWherter

Gibsonville - Robert Hayes McWherter age 96, went home to be with Jesus, his Savior, on Monday, November 23, 2020.  He will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man with a strong faith, a quick wit, wisdom and great compassion for everyone.  He especially had so much love for all of his family.

Bob, as he was called, was born in Chicago, IL, and is survived by his daughter, Cheryl McWherter Edwards and husband Tom of Gibsonville.  He is also survived by 3 grandsons:  Steve Smithson (Suzanne) of Raleigh, NC; Craig Smithson (Teresa) of Lexington, SC; Jim Smithson (Sheri) of Lexington, SC; and grandson in-law Vince Farrell of Durham.   He is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren:   Lauren Smithson Vann (Tyler) of Lexington, SC; Matt Smithson (Rachel) of Lexington, SC; Kelly Smithson Paradeses (Jamie) of Anderson, SC; and Helena Smithson of Lexington, SC; Zach Smithson of Citrus Hills, CA; Jake Smithson of Raleigh, NC; and Bradley Farrell of Durham.  He is also survived by 6 great-great grandchildren:  Zayne and Anistyn Vann; Chloe and Rhylee Smithson; and Deacon and Gaines Paradese; and his loving extended family in Evansville, IN.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Ferne Sandham McWherter, his parents, Edwin Karl and Susan Hayes McWherter, sister, Mary Lou Lundeen, brother, Edwin Morse McWherter, beloved son Marv McWherter, daughter-in-law Joyce McWherter, granddaughter Jenifer McWherter Farrell, and a cherished friend Betty Camp of Evansville, IN.

Bob McWherter served in the US Army in WWII as a medic in Europe for three years.  He later worked his way through college to earn his B.S. degree from Illinois State University and his M.S. degree from the University of Illinois.  In addition, he received additional hours from I.S.U.

For many years, Bob traveled northern Illinois selling textbooks to school principals on behalf of Ginn Company, which later became a Xerox company.  He retired from Xerox in 1983.  In 1986, he and Ferne moved from their home in Pontiac, IL to their retirement home on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Laurel Springs.  He loved the mountains and considered driving the small country roads around the Blue Ridge Parkway an adventure!

While in the mountains, Bob became very active in the Methodist church in Jefferson.  He loved working on many of the activities and with the Methodist Men functions.  His current church family is the First United Methodist Church-Elon.  He has been a member since September, 2014, and developed close friendships with many in the church family.

Bob’s grandchildren loved him dearly and have always given him the respect and admiration he has always deserved.  He loved any time spent with them, and they will miss his presence at family gatherings in the future.

A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, November 28, at 1:00 p.m. at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kellie Gallagher officiating. Live streaming of the service will be available at  The inurnment will be held at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington, IL.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at the ICU and ER units of Alamance Regional for their kind and compassionate care of Bob.  We would also like to thank the staff at both the Oaks of Alamance and Peak Resources for the time Bob spent with them during the past four months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Elon, 1630 Westbrook Avenue, Elon, NC 27244.

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