Robert Claude Lunceford
May 5, 1952 – January 15, 2019
Robert Claude Lunceford passed to his heavenly home January 15, 2019 after a short but valiant battle with cancer. He gifted family, friends, and all who visited in his later days with a positive attitude of acceptance, love, and joy that will serve not only as a source of strength, but an inspiration to all who witnessed it.
Raised in the heart of Detroit, Bob learned an appreciation for friends and neighbors of all kinds. Moving to the suburb of Harper Woods, MI at age ten, he met life-long friends with whom he shared many an adventure and antic throughout his adolescence. He also enjoyed his role as big brother to sisters Linda and Debbie.
He began his first career working with his dad, repairing cars and pumping gas at a station in the Cass Tech corridor of the city. He graduated from Harper Woods High School in 1972. In 1974, he married Mary Jo Allen and resettled into the city of Detroit. Bob’s only daughter and oldest son were born to him and Mary Jo in the early eighties.
As he grew into manhood, the itch to expand his horizons settled in. He got his commercial driving license at age 21 and hit the road. Over the next forty-one years, he would travel over 3 million accident-free miles all across the Nation and into Canada, delivering all kinds of things for Inmont, Flint Ink, National Bulk Foods, and Pleasant Trucking. He often remarked that he loved his work as a paid tourist.
Between Flint Ink and National Bulk Foods, Bob spent a couple of years teaching truck driving for Chauffer’s Training School at Six mile and Woodward in Detroit. His natural ability as a leader was evident and inspirational. He advanced to Assistant Chief Instructor, and it was there he met his second wife, Tama Lunceford. Bob and Tama were married in June of 1992, and raised two sons together.
When National Bulk Foods closed in 2004, Bob concluded it was time to move his family out of the city, and he returned to his father’s roots in the South. His father, Claude, was born in Hampton, TN. Bob had many wonderful memories of visiting family in Tennessee and North Carolina as a child. In January of 2005, Bob and his family relocated to Whitesburg, TN.
Following his retirement from Pleasant Trucking in 2015, Bob found an avenue to exercise his leadership skills, develop communication skills, and be active in his community as a Charter Member of Lakeway Area Toastmasters. In June of 2018, he was elected President of the club, a role he maintained until his death. On occasion, Bob attended The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where his wife, Tama, is a member.
Bob was pre-deceased by his mother, Barbara (Roche) Lunceford. He is survived by his father, Claude Lunceford; his wife, Tama (Levesque) Lunceford; a daughter, Loweda Lunceford; three sons, Kelly Lunceford, Christopher (Stephanie) Lunceford-Levesque, and Jesse (Mary) Lunceford-Levesque; two sisters, Linda (Greg) Pohutski and Debra Trocker; seven grandchildren, Nathan Lunceford, Steven Lunceford, Briannah Lunceford, Lucas Lunceford, Brent Lunceford, Cross Lunceford, and Dominic Lunceford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, January 18th at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2435 West Andrew Johnson Highway, Morristown TN. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a service planned for 11:00 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the church immediately following. Options for memorial gifts include: donations to Bikers Against Child Abuse at http://tennessee.bacaworld.org/chapter/knoxville/, support to the family via Go Fund Me at https://www.gofundme.com/help-tama-and-robert, or flowers sent to the Church.
Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.