Before I ever met Bob at Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tennessee around 1970, I knew his mother, Evelyn, because she was the librarian at Colonial Heights Junior High where I attended middle school. I guess that means I have been associated with the Goad family since I was 10 or 11 years old. After meeting Bob in high school, we became great friends, and that friendship lasted on into collage at UT Knoxville and East Tennessee State, where we were also room mates. I have so many great memories of adventures with Bob that I could go on for hours. Through thick and thin, we were fast pals for many, many years. After college, we kept our friendship going strong until Bob moved out of state to pursue career interests. Unfortunately, as our paths divulged, we saw each other less and less. I was not a part of Bob's later life, and I don't really know his wife or his friends in Greenville. We communicated occasionally through social media, and got together on a couple of occasions when he visited East Tennessee. I'm happy to know that he was much loved and respected, and that he had a strong faith. I will never forget my old buddy, his beaming smile, his bubbling personality, his encyclopedic knowledge of sports, and so many more traits that made him unique and special. May God bless Bob, his wife and family, and everyone who was privileged to call him friend.
A mentor, a scholar and friend to all. You will be missed Bob for so many reasons. My heart goes out to your loved ones for thier lose.
I am very saddened to read of Bob's passing. I have known Bob and Betty for more than 30 years and think of the Goad family each time I get a stamp from the stamp roll dispenser that Bob's father, Earl, made for my late wife.
Nancy, Bob was a very important influence to me. I have two memories of him I'd like to give to you. The first is one I share with others frequently, and it has colored.my professional outlook. I quote Bob often- "a five minute phone call can save us five days of heartache." I teach that to my people like Bob taught it to me. The other memory is just for me, and I'll share it with you. One year when I worked at 1104, someone tried to break into the store on Christmas Day night. The alarm wouldn't stop going off and we couldn't secure rhe store. I had to sit outside the store for about 6 hours in the cold... and Bob came and sat outside with me. We told stories and he had me laughing and smiling so much... I treasure that today, years later. You came by and brought us some snacks.
Bob was one of the most Christian men I've ever known. He didn't talk a ton about his relationship with Jesus. He just lived it for us to see. I am so thankful to have known him.
In memory of Earl Robert “Bob”
Goad, P.Tyus lit a candle
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Astonished to be informed of Mr.Goad's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to your family during this time of grief. While working under his direction at Home Depot 1104, he was always a kind respectful bossman. Rest in Peace, Bob
I was privileged to meet Bob when working for Home Depot store 1104 part time. He made me feel welcomed but also encouraged my faith. What I loved about the man was his Christian foundation. He also would entertain my son when I would bring him to work. It was like seeing a father/son relationship develop. One I will never forget.
Bob the man and his character will resonate with me for years to follow
Nancy, you have my love and heartfelt condolences. Bob shall be missed.
The world will be a worse place for lack of Bob but heaven will be rejoicing! Bob was one of the kindest and most generous men we knew. We will truly miss him. Our sincere condolences to Nancy and his family.
Nancy, we were so saddened to hear Bob had passed. We know he is walking streets of gold and we rejoice with him, but we sorrow with you. Uncle Bob was a huge blessing in our lives (as Aunt Nancy is!) and we can hardly imagine the world without him in it. We love you both.
It was with great sorrow that I heard of Bob leaving us. There are few people that I know that would leave a hole in this world...Bob is definitely one of them. Bob helped me through some very hard times. His shoulders were wide when I needed one to cry one. Many of my tears were shed there. I will always think of him with love and thankfulness. I will miss knowing you are here Bob.
My brother Dave and I grew up with Bob. His parents were such great influences and his sisters were so tolerant of us. We were blessed.
It’s a shame how we too often allow life to separate us from those friendships. I remember playing ball, watching games, racing our Yamaha 50 back in the day, and just hanging out.
We might have occasionally gotten into a little trouble. We broke our share of windows. One time after Wednesday night church we broke a glass door at the bank next door. An innocent accident that some folks at church got a kick out of. We didn’t fare as well. ? Mom loved telling that story.
I miss Bob’s laugh. His face would lite up. Just a great person. He is missed. Looking forward to seeing him again.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ??
We were so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. May God bless you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob, your laughter and kindness will be forever missed.
Betty, Ed and I are sad to read about the passing of your brother. We send our condolences to all of the family.
i also worked at 1104 now at 1126, Bob was a great mentor and teacher for me .
I have so many other photos, but packed away.....this is one of my favorite memories with Bob ?
My Home Depot Daddy.
Bob was such a special person to me, he hired me 25.5 years ago and so grateful for him. He was an exceptional man, and his smile and laugh ....oh my goodness it was everything when he'd throw his head back.. you ALWAYS heard Bob before you ever laid eyes on him.. He was so passionate in everything he did and stood for and ALWAYS prioritized taking care of every customer.. period... what ever it took...it was done, he followed through on everything and was a great mentor to me at Home Depot...and although sometimes was misunderstood if you were not familiar with his personality... it was large and full of life....but loving and welcoming always... I have so many memories from just working daily with him, to our insane fandom we shared for Tony Stewart and college football. He was always a gentleman and always had time for you to just talk even if not about work. He would comfort you. I am forever grateful that we always made the effort to stay in touch with each other always, he asking about how Megan was going and Darrell. I will miss you Bob sooooo much. Completely heartbroken.. Thanks for taking that chance on me and Krista Morrell . (aka The Package Deal) Rest easy...I will see you again... The Goadster ??❤️?
I workFor Home Depot store 1104 I met Bob in 1997 when he hired me to work here so I’ve known him for over 25 years he was a good boss a good mentor a great person and my best friend I’m missing for sure see you on the other side brother
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Nancy you are in my thoughts and prayers. We will ALL miss the Goadster very much.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.