Robert Willis (Bob) Sparrow

Robert Willis (Bob) Sparrow

Robert Willis (Bob) Sparrow
May 23, 1940 – June 12, 2020

MIDDLESEX – Robert Willis (Bob) Sparrow went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, June 12, 2020 at Wake Medical Center with his wife and family by his side. Bob was born on May 23, 1940 in Norfolk, VA to the late Harlie Willis and Bertha Baines Sparrow. He graduated from Norview High School in 1958 and was employed by Estes Express Lines in Norfolk, VA and Raleigh, NC for 33 years

Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan Faucette Sparrow; canine daughter, Gracie; sister, Margaret Louise Barnes of Norfolk, VA; nieces, Diane Suffa (Chris), Jennifer Bell, Kimberly Bell & Madi Freeman of Virginia Beach, VA; nephew, Tyler Freeman of Virginia Beach, VA; special aunts, Peggy Lucarelli of Greenville, SC & Shirley Maddox of Asheville, NC; brother-in-law, Robert Hales of Middlesex, NC; special nieces and nephews, Daryl & Anita Hales, Kaytlin Hales, Donnie & Rosa Hales, Kayla Hales, Carson Hales, Kim & Todd Roberts of Middlesex, NC, Randy & Cindy Hales, Brandon & Beth Hales, Kameron Hales and fiance Kevin Dannelly of Wendell, NC, Dustin and Elizabeth Hales, Brooke Hales & Chase Hales of Zebulon, NC; special friends, Garrett King of Angier, NC and Kathy Swearengin of Wendell, NC.

Contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd. SW, Lilburn GA 30047, ASPCA or a charity of one’s choice.

Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory with visitation immediately following the service following CDC Guidelines & other times at the home. Memorial Service will be available for viewing on Facebook, Friday afternoon.


  • Becky Denton Posted June 14, 2020 4:39 pm

    I am so sorry. love you Koan

  • Doris Sparrow Posted June 14, 2020 5:46 pm

    So very sorry that your sweet has left you to go to glory, but know he is so happy with the Lord and has all his memories restored and looks down at you with love as this very moment. Love to all the family. Aunt Doris and family.

  • Carol Hickman Posted June 14, 2020 7:35 pm

    Joan, you and Bob were dear to the Baer family. We loved when you visited and shared memories at our kitchen table.. The Baer Family shares in your loss of Bob. We pray you have wonderful memories to keep and cherish. God speed, Paul and Carol Baer Hickman, Virginia Beach , Va.

  • Bettie Lou Atkinson ElOmari Posted June 15, 2020 12:50 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Joan. God give you peace,along with all who loved him.

  • Marilynn Allen, Bryan Allen,Keith Mitchell Posted June 15, 2020 3:10 pm

    Sincere condolences to Joan and family. I met Bob and Joan at Lisa Dee’s. I really enjoyed working with them. They loved their canine children. Love and prayers.R.I.P. Bob. 🌈

  • Jackie Batten Utley Posted June 15, 2020 7:22 pm

    Sending love to Joan and all of the family.

  • Edith Gilliam Posted June 15, 2020 11:22 pm

    So very sorry for your lost πŸ™πŸ’”. We won’t be able to get to the funeral home but we will have you and your family in our prayers. We will be watching the funeral on Facebook Friday. I know it’s a hard time for you. But remember you have a lot of friends at the Rid and Bid. Sending all my love and prayers your way.

  • Jackie Phillips Hines Posted June 16, 2020 12:25 pm

    Joan, I’m so sad to learn of Bob’s passing. I’ll be praying for peace and comfort for you and your family!

  • Marty Johnson Huddleston Posted June 16, 2020 3:40 pm

    Wilbur Johnson, Jeff, and I are so very sorry for your loss, Joan. You and Bob have spread so much joy to so many people for a very long time. May God surround you with his grace and mercy. Love and Hugs to you, Joan.

  • Betty Harris Posted June 16, 2020 5:52 pm

    Joan I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Maude P Creech Posted June 17, 2020 8:47 pm

    Phil and I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was full of life and he was always smiling and loved people. He will be missed. Bob was a loving person. Prayers for you Joan and take comfort that Bob is resting in Jesus’s arms.

  • Terry Wright Posted June 18, 2020 3:41 pm

    We are very sorry to hear the passing of Bob. We hope God can give you comfort and peace during this time of loss. Bob shared many good moments with a lot of people. I will never forget the fair trips with you both. Our deepest condolences. Love Greg and Terry Wright.

  • Vicki Gupton Posted June 19, 2020 11:47 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you & the family. May God give you that extra measure of grace to get through this life changing event.πŸ™

  • Brenda & Jimmy Lewis Posted June 21, 2020 11:26 pm

    Joan, Jimmy & I are so sorry for your loss. Lots of memories with you guys. Prayers & love

  • John Baer Posted August 5, 2020 8:51 pm

    Bob and Joan were great friends of the Baer family

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