Rev. Robert Elmer Borland

Rev. Robert Elmer Borland

February 2, 1926 – August 26, 2020

YOUNGSVILLE – Rev. Robert Elmer Borland, 94, made his ascension to Glory on Wednesday, 8/26/2020. He was born in Allegheny Co., PA, February 2, 1926 to the late Aaron McClentok and Martha Melissa Beyers Borland. Rev. Borland pastored Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wendell and as a servant of God, truly lived a full life edifying to the body of Christ. In addition to his parents, Rev. Borland is preceded in death by his son, Bobby Borland.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Esther Marjorie Cupps Borland, daughters, Lois Moore (Ron) of Wilmington, Linda Borland of Richmond, VA and Becky Abate of Youngsville , grandchildren, Chris Moore, Greg Moore (Shalane), Giuliana Abate (fiancé Brian Whitley), Marcella Abate & Nick Abate.

A Private Memorial Service will be held to honor Rev. Borland’s Life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made to the music fund at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Selma Rd., Wendell, NC 27591

live streaming at 1 pm, Sunday

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591.


  • Paula Perry Posted August 28, 2020 4:57 pm

    My heart has been so sad today to hear about our Sweet Mr. Borland . We are going to miss him so much at Dr. Creech’s office. We always enjoyed him when he came. Such a precious soul!!!!!! Happy for him but sad for us!!!! Thinking about your sweet family!!!!!

  • Christine Rice Posted August 28, 2020 4:59 pm

    Rev. Borland was a wonderful friend to us. He will be missed by my father and mother, Bob and Mary Livingood and us kids Christine and Chucky Rice and my sister Valerie and brother Wayne. Rev. Borland married me and my husband. Rev. Borland was a good listener and gave you advice . Rest in Peace Rev. Borland. Sending prayers to you all

  • Brenda Marsh Posted August 28, 2020 8:43 pm

    I’m going to really miss my great uncle until I see him again in Heaven.

  • Kimberly Rohm Posted August 28, 2020 9:05 pm

    So sorry for your loss such a nice man was the Rev.@the Harmony Presbyterian Church and Married me

  • Jacquie and Steve Katz Posted August 28, 2020 9:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss, for all of us are diminished. But we all have wonderful memories of this good man!

  • Barbara Abate Posted August 28, 2020 10:20 pm

    My love to Bob’s family, he will truly be misses by us all.

  • Joe Abate Posted August 28, 2020 10:21 pm

    He was a good man that I have been proud to know for the last 30 years!

  • Donna Milton Posted August 29, 2020 2:25 am

    I am in state of shock. Deep sympathy to Margie, and Becky and her family.. Bob was a beloved friend for several decades.

  • Sandra Melton Posted August 29, 2020 4:38 am

    The very Best Uncle I could’ve asked for. As a child he made our visits something to look forward to. Rest In Peace, please watch over the rest of the family.

  • Tom and Barbara Andrews Posted August 29, 2020 11:28 am

    A friendship that has lasted for 55 years speaks of the quality of the parties involved. BOB will be remembered as a person of depth, quality, and abiding faith. We have been iinspired by his exemplary life and are deeply grateful for all those years of true friendship. We know will see him soon.

  • Wanda Ramm Posted August 29, 2020 11:39 am

    Thank you for this touching video. Bob was loved by so many, and this video demonstrates who he was. We are all better for having had him in our lives.

  • Beth Dunn Clark Posted August 29, 2020 1:00 pm

    I am deeply saddened to hear this news. He always kept in touch with West Union Presbyteryian Church by writing to my mother, Sarah Dunn. We have such loving memories Bob here at West Union. We will be sharing memories on Sunday during our service. Our condolences to Margie and the family. It is such a loss but such an addition to God’s heaven. May God comfort all of you.

  • Pamela Labusohr Posted August 29, 2020 2:38 pm

    Rev. Borland was the kindest, warmest and most special person. He touched my life, my family and I’m sure every person he came in contact with. Our church was blessed to have him as out minister and fellow member till now. Marjorie was as sweet and kind as him and as well loved. My deepest sympathy to all his family. He will be missed greatly but he will always with every Life he touched.

  • Rosemary Andrew Posted August 29, 2020 9:00 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of him.
    My mother had been in an accident and was in a WV Hospital and I was in the hospital in Waynesburg.
    I delivered my son in the hospital in Waynesburg,PA.
    Shortly after my delivery he came and said “I am going down and tell your mother she has a new grandson and he has all
    of his fingers and toes”I will always remember his humor and kindness.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy.
    Prayers and hugs!!

  • Kimberly A Stevens Posted August 30, 2020 1:05 pm

    Bob and his family touched lives that they’re not even aware of yet. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy. The world is a sadder place without him.

  • Linda Higgins Posted August 30, 2020 1:13 pm

    Bob will be remembered for a life of service. I have fond memories of him and his expressionS of kindnesses.

  • Dawn Lynn Murphy Posted August 30, 2020 2:49 pm

    i just found out about this and this hurts so much i will miss him and so will my children they loved Mr. Bob or as they would say the Penny man they cry with me as well you will be missed.

  • Doug and Angie Petrey Posted August 30, 2020 6:34 pm

    Bob was one of a kind, such a good Christian man with a great laugh and so much fun to be around! He loved everyone and we all loved him! RIP, Bob!! We’ll never forget you and your lovely family!!

  • Linda Fulk Posted August 30, 2020 9:27 pm

    Bob was an exceptional person. He was so kind and always happy to see you. Even after I left Wendell, he took the time to stay in touch, especially when I lost Dennis and Steven. He made the world a better place. Someone once told me that no matter how many ministers one had, there would only be a few that were favorites. Bob was a favorite. I will be holding all the family up to the light for days to come.

  • Judy McCurdy Posted August 30, 2020 10:20 pm

    So many great memories. He was a true blessing for Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was and always be a part of our family. His birthday calls to each member were special. Thoughts, love, and prayers to the family especially Margie.

  • Melissa McIntosh Webet Posted September 1, 2020 6:55 am

    Godspeed Uncle Bob..You will be greatly missed by anyone who had the pleasure of getting to know you..You always had a smile on your face and wise words to share..Your all together now in heaven ..

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