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“Shower the people you love with love; show them the way that you feel. Things are gonna work out fine if you only will.” James Taylor’s song lyrics are not just something Bob Rhyne enjoyed hearing; the words describe the way he chose to live his life.
Bob Rhyne entered eternal life on January 27, 2023. He leaves behind a family he adored and a lifetime of friends and acquaintances who were all on the receiving end of the attention and hard work he put into making sure they all felt his love and support every day.
Bob was born on March 12, 1964 to Robert Donald Rhyne and Peggy Myatt Rhyne in Raleigh, North Carolina. Throughout his life, Bob would express respect, devotion and admiration for his parents. He attended all twelve years of school at St Timothy’s and Hale High School in Raleigh where he formed many lifelong friendships through his participation in activities such as Ensemble, soccer and the Boy’s State educational program. He excelled academically and even received the highest civilian recognition as a Civil Air Patrol Cadet. During his high school years, Bob also met his best girl and high school sweetheart, Edie Reitz, whom he would later marry.
Bob then headed over to “blue heaven” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, he began his career in heavy equipment sales at North Carolina Equipment Company where he worked for 8 years. Bob then dedicated over 20 years to Dillion Supply Company, and over the past 5 years, he furthered his career with Company Wrench. Throughout his career, Bob received numerous sales awards and recognitions.
Bob enjoyed watching Tarheel sports, playing golf and taking the occasional fishing trip. Most often though, Bob chose to spend time with his family and could be heard sharing stories about his family. Bob and Edie were married for thirty-three years, and together raised their two children – Robert Donald Rhyne, III and Bailey Elizabeth Rhyne. When Bob spoke of Edie, of Robert, and of Bailey, the love and pride he had for them showed through not only in his words, but all over his face. As a father, he instilled in them to work to strengthen their faith and devotion to God daily, to love deeply and with commitment, to not just be smart, but to also work hard, and to live life to its fullest.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert Donald Rhyne and his father in law, Ronald Samuel Reitz. He is survived by mother, Peggy Myatt Rhyne; his wife, Edith Elizabeth Rhyne; his son, Robert Donald Rhyne, III; his daughter, Bailey Elizabeth Rhyne; his sister, Ginger Wall (Garry); his mother-in-law, Carolyn M Reitz; his brother-in-law, Beau Reitz and many dear family members and countless friends.
A celebration of life and memorial to Bob will be held on a later date at the family home. The family would be honored to hear from family and friends who would like to attend and share remembrances or stories of Bob. Donations in Bob’s honor can be made to a charity of one's choice.
A Service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Wake Forest.