OBITUARY: Robert ‘Bob’ Craig Wilfong


Robert “Bob” Craig Wilfong passed away on January 29, 2023. He went to be with the Savior, Jesus Christ, and reunite with his wife of 53 years, Ruth.

Bob was born on July 27, 1937 in Kilgore, Texas and moved to Louisiana where he met and married Ruth. He received a B.S. in Business Psychology from Louisiana College and completed graduate studies in Advanced Management from the University of Virginia.

He enjoyed a successful 42-year career with the United States Postal Service. Bob’s career began as a Postal Distribution Clerk at age 19 and he went on to be a Management Trainee, Postal Service Officer, Field Director, and Postmaster of Baton Rouge, Tulsa, and Nashville, Director of City Operations in Nashville, and finally Division Manager of Southern Georgia.

He was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1965. Bob and Ruth retired to Lebanon, TN in 1998.

Bob was a much-loved son, husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cora Carter and Marvin Franklin Wilfong, and his wife, Laura Ruth (McGrew) Wilfong.

He is survived by their three children, Calvin Craig Wilfong of Lorton, VA, Ward McGrew Wilfong (Tracie) of Hixson, TN, and Laura Anne Wilfong Petty (Larry) and two granddaughters, Emma Grace Petty and Mae Elaine Petty of Lebanon TN who will cherish the memory of their “Paw Paw”.

Bob was a member of the Lebanon First United Methodist Church in Lebanon, TN. He lived at The Pavilion Senior Living Assisted Living & Memory Care and most recently The Pavilion Long Term Care, both in Lebanon, TN.

The Inurnment Service, conducted by Brother Scott Moore, is 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The Wilfong and Petty families would like to sincerely thank all of the staff at The Pavilion for the improving the quality of Bob’s life in his last six years.

Please make Memorial Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN 615.444.9393.


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