BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS '53
ROBERT ELLIS "TUFFY" BOSTIC
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV February 10, 2011:
Robert Ellis “Tuffy” Bostic, 76, of the Old Bluefield Road, Princeton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. He was born October 4, 1934 at Sandlick, and was the son of the late O.L. (Bob) and Goldie Bishop Bostic. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Hypes BosticSh(Obituary)es t; a half sister, Frances Taylor Bullio; and a half brother, I. F. “Sam” Taylor. Survivors include two sons, Greg Bostic and wife Heather of Princeton, and Scott Bostic of Dobson, N.C.; one daughter, Kelly Ann Howard and husband Rusty of Peterstown; and one grandchild, Catessa Ann Howard. Other survivors include two sisters, Norma Linkous of Bluefield, and Brenda Mills of Princeton; along with one brother, Charles Ray Bostic of Chesapeake, Va.; and his special caregivers, Lawanda Olonko, Helga Helton, Patty Scott, Tammy Holdren, and Marlena House.
He was a graduate of Bramwell High School where he participated in sports. He served two years in the U.S. Army. He had a career with Norfolk & Western Railroad which later became Norfolk Southern. He retired as conductor with 42 years of service.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Princeton. An antique car enthusiast, he was a charter member of the Antique Club of America (Bluestone Region). He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #134 Princeton and the Beni Kedem Shrine Temple in Charleston. He was an outdoor lover and an avid fisherman and hunter. He also had a love for the 1931 Model A Ford which he enjoyed restoring.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Randy Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
- Laurence Binyon