Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 22, 2013

Robert Garrett “Bob” Hatmaker

ELKIN, N.C. — Robert Garrett “Bob” Hatmaker, of Elkin, N.C., formerly Of Coalwood, W.Va., died April 11, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.               

 Robert was born January 8, 1947 at Coalwood, McDowell County, W.Va. He was the son of Albert Norman and Wilma Lorraine (Lawrence) Hatmaker. Robert's parents and a sister, Peggy Ann Hatmaker, preceded him in death.

Robert was a retired USAF Master Sergeant, two-tour veteran of Vietnam: Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with Silver and Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Occupation Medal, and several others.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Looney) Hatmaker; children: Gerri Lyn (Kerry Roberts), Columbus, Ohio, Robert Jr., Canal Winchester, Ohio, Lori Ann (Tom) Sonesaksith, San Diego, Calif.,  Amy (Todd Kirk), Groveport, Ohio, Krista (Josh Smith), Lancaster, Ohio, Kristina Parsons, Wilkesboro, N.C., Jera Parsons, Wilkesboro, N.C.; grandchildren: Abigail and Ashley Hatmaker, Ayden and Addyson Kirk, Dylan and Brooklynn Sonesaksith, Roman Smith; brothers: Albert Norman Jr. (Alberta Musselman), Glenelg, Md., and Jerry Roger (Libbie Klotz), Lancaster, Ohio. Aunts and uncles: Beryl Lawrence Gilkerson, Avon, Ohio, Joyce Lawrence Rankin, Oakwood, Ga., Helen Lawrence Eveson (Roger), Baltimore, Md., Lola Hatmaker (John) Murray, Bluefield, W.Va.; Jerry Randall (Karen) Hatmaker, Mt. Airy, N.C.; Derina Hatmaker (William) Roberts, Pilot Mountain, N.C.; Susan Hatmaker (Ken) Blevins, Dobson, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Special friends: Pat and Dick King, Caretta, W.Va.; Mattie Wall, Ruth Newman, Arthur (Mahala) Huffman, Jack Smith, all of  Elkin, N.C.; Anna Carter, Kingsport, Tenn., Nate and Mary Waters, San Marcos, Texas; Dieter Gohlke and family, Berlin, Germany; Harvey Schmidt, Germantown, Wis.; John and Lorna Riley, Tullahoma, Tenn.; Barbara Yankee, Rogersville, Tenn.; and Bettie Hale, Caretta, W.Va.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a favorite charity or church.

A memorial service with military honors will be conducted Friday, April 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service Chapel.

Services entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service in Elkin, N.C.

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