Melvin Joseph “Bob” Doyle

Melvin Joseph “Bob” Doyle

M. J. Bob Doyle
August 14, 1933 – December 15, 2023

Knightdale – Melvin Joseph “Bob” Doyle, 90, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, December 15, 2023. He was born in Wake County to the late Grady Henry and Adna Medlin Doyle. Bob was the youngest of 7 children raised near Zebulon not far from Hopkins Crossroads. He was preceded in death by siblings Lyndell, G.B., Robert, Rochelle, and Elsie and is survived by his brother Howard.

From Bob’s first marriage to Ann B. Knott, he is survived by their daughter Deborah Hodge and son Mike Doyle. He is preceded in death by their daughter Cathy Palmer (surviving husband Stephen). Deborah is preceded in death by her husband Craig, and together they have 3 daughters. Erin Kimball, husband David, and children Jacob and Jackson Poole and Nash and Nora Kimball. Andrea Hodge and her sons Jonathan and Joseph Blalock. Jordan Hodge, husband Josh Green, and their son Walker. From his prior marriage to Pat Williams, Mike has 2 daughters. Morgan Estes and husband Eric. Cameron Doyle Lane and wife Stephanie.

Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia “Ginna” Barnes Sparling Doyle and their daughter Leslie Perry and son Brett Doyle. Leslie and her husband Jeff have 2 children Anna and Mason. Brett and his wife Laura have 3 sons Connor, Philip, and Ethan.

In 1951, Bob graduated from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, NC. He received a degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 1967. Bob was a licensed insurance and real estate agent and was an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service.

Bob was a jack of all trades and started numerous successful businesses. He owned a gas station named M. J. Doyle and operated a trucking company. Bob was employed by Monk Henderson as a tobacco buyer and was promoted to supervisor and had the opportunity to travel throughout the eastern United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He owned several farms and raised tobacco. He also owned and operated 2 tobacco warehouses: Planters of Wendell (NC) and Rainbow Burley Warehouse in Mountain City, TN. Bob sold crop insurance, owned and managed residential and commercial properties, and prepared personal and business income tax returns. He began Doyle’s Tax Service in the basement of his home in the 1960’s and relocated the business to downtown Knightdale in the 1980’s which is still operational and successful today. Bob enjoyed playing golf and owned The River Golf & Country Club in Louisburg, NC. He loved family, animals (especially dogs), work, and a good nightcap. Bob worked at his tax office until he was 87 years old because working made him happy, and he enjoyed helping people and being needed. If you knew him, you will never forget him. Thank you to all the people in his life that crossed his path and called him a friend.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 5:00pm – 6:00pm immediately followed by a memorial service at 6:00pm at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, NC 27591 (919-365-3612).


  • Ric and Kathy Tomasik Posted December 18, 2023 10:29 am

    Our sincere condolences and he will be truly missed. Bob was a friend for over 30 years. I loved playing golf with him and enjoying his humor and conversations.

  • Pat Williams Posted December 18, 2023 12:27 pm

    There will never be another Bob. His presence was larger than life itself. All who knew him will always remember him. May he rest in peace.

  • Scott Carpenter Posted December 18, 2023 4:19 pm

    If you didn’t know a Bob Doyle joke, you didn’t know Bob. One of the funniest and most interesting men I think I have ever known. He will be missed.

  • Brian MacDaid Posted December 19, 2023 9:29 am

    Fond memories of Mr. Doyle’s patience and hospitality in letting me and others consider his home a second home when we would always hang out there with his son Brett during our high school days. RIP sir.

  • Kurt Barnhart Posted December 20, 2023 8:35 am

    Thank you Bob for your quick wit and genuine friendship. They were two of three things I could always count on from you. The third is that somehow you would always best me on the 18th hole. You were one of a kind, and I will miss you.

  • Donna McLaird Posted December 20, 2023 9:19 am

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, he was truly a good man, and helped those in need no matter what. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  • Douglas Bunn Posted July 12, 2024 9:45 pm

    Im sorry to read of Bobby’s death. I did not know until today, 7/12/24 that he had died. I’ll miss you cousin. DB

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