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Page 18, December 17, 2018, The Islander
says that this is
the final column
for 2018 so I must
begin with a big
hug to all of you
who greet me out
and about with kind words of encour
agement. This truly is a labor of love
for me and I plan to continue as long
as . ..
I join with Frederica Baptist
Church in extending a big Happy
90th Birthday to special friend Sybil
Hipp. Christmas Eve Service will be at
Wesley United Methodist
Church at Frederica announces that
Elaine C. Brown is now full time ad
ministrator. Appreciation is expressed
to Darlin Thrower for her service as ad
ministrator since 2009 and who is now
part time staff relations administrator.
Brunswick Christian Renewal
Church will offer Christmas Eve
Drop-In for Communion from 6 to 7
St. Simons United Methodist
Church will offer Longest Night Ser
vice at 6 pm December 20 in the Cha
pel. Regular Services on December 23
at 8:30 / 9:45 / 11:00. Christmas Eve
Candlelight Communion Service will
be at 6:00 in the Sanctuary and 11:00
in the Chapel.
Flowers were placed in Brunswick
First United Methodist Church in
loving memory of Gwen R. McQuade
and Vivian R. Barber by Debbie Bar
ber. Flowers were also given in loving
memory of Dorothy and Jack Boyd by
Arco United Methodist Church
will have Christmas Eve Communion
Service at 5:00 pm.
December 31 is always a very spe
cial family day when we say Happy
Birthday to son John. Yes, I had my
last baby on New Year’s Eve - just a
few years ago.
Don’t forget - the Live Nativity at
St. Simons Presbyterian Church
on December 21 and 22 at 6:00 and
7:00 pm. Christmas Eve Candles and
Carols Service with children’s nativ
ity tableau will be at 5:30 followed by
Christmas Eve Communion at 10:00
pm. Members celebrate the Baptism
of Asa Graham Owens, son of Gra
ham and Ada Owens. Congratulations
to Anna Henry and Molly McCaulay,
2018 Presbyterian Women Honorary
Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year to all!
Literary Guild film
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Is
land Film Series presents, Man Who In
vented Christmas, UK, 2018, directed by
Bharat Nalluri. The story of the magical
journey that led to die creation of Ebene-
zer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic
characters from A Christmas Carol. The
film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan
Stevens) mixed real fife inspirations with
his vivid imagination to conjure up unfor
gettable characters and a timeless tale,
forever changing the holiday season into
the celebration we know today. 110 min
utes; rated PG. Wed., Dec. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Casino Theater. Free, but a $3.00 dona
tion is requested to help defray costs.
News for Local Churches From The Church Bulletins
A tribute to Robert "Bobby" Roebuck by his nephew Lyle Roebuck
There are those who leave behind
stories interesting enough that they
need no grafting. Robert Roebuck, my
uncle, who died on the observance of
Veteran’s Day this year, can be re
membered as such a person.
Born in 1924, he was a fixture of
Brunswick and St. Simons Island.
Preceded in death by his parents, Jack
and Lucy, and by a younger brother,
Billy, those who knew Bobby knew
him well. He is survived by a daugh
ter, Gale, a younger sister, Betty Lou,
two nephews, two nieces, and a proud
and loving extended family.
Everyone should have at least one
story he would prefer another tell on
his behalf—in Bobby’s case, how a
year following the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor, as an eighteen-year-
old living in Brunswick, he enlisted
in the U.S. Navy. Being told he was
too skinny to begin training as a pilot,
he committed to working out, to bulk
ing up, and to returning twelve weeks
later—fit and approved for service.
Ultimately attaining the rank of cap
tain, Bobby was active-duty military
for four years before then serving in
the Navy Reserves for an additional
It would be neglectful of his legacy
to omit a story I know he liked to tell,
about when he was second-officer to a
man whose last name was Sears. Over
the radio, they requested permission
to land. “Sears and Roebuck,” said the
captain, as protocol required, “request
permission to land.” From the tower,
“Copy that?” “Sears and Roebuck re
quest permission to land,” the captain
said again. On the tarmac, Sears and
Roebuck were met by, among others,
an admiral—mad as hell and remind
ing them it was no time for pranks.
The nation was at war. The admiral,
when he checked the men’s dog tags
and confirmed their names, thought it
was one of the funniest things he had
Bobby studied at Georgia Tech
and Purdue; he had a business, a
family and a daughter—my cousin,
Gale, in whom resides the same
beautiful and indomitable spirit.
Bobby traveled often during a long
retirement made more wonderful
by his companion of thirty years,
Stoical by nature, nobody was
genuinely happier to see me than
Bobby on the occasions when I
would return to the Island. To
know how genuine he was is as im
portant to his story as all else. As
a father, a patriot, and a friend,
Bobby will be sorely missed but at
the same time fondly remembered
as a great man among the greatest
generation of men.
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