Robert Lee Cloyd, devoted husband and father, age 87, died on January 13, 2014, at Emory University Hospital after suffering complications resulting from a stroke.  Bob, the only child of Wade and Lottie Mae Cloyd, was born at home September 17, 1926, in White Rock, South Carolina.  He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and after a brief stint in the Navy at the end of World War II, attended The University of North Carolina, graduating with a degree in business, which led to a dedicated sixty-year career in insurance.  While working in Charlotte he was introduced to elementary teacher Adelaide Clark by a parent of one of her students, and they married a year later in 1957.  Shortly following the birth of their only son, Clark, in 1959 they moved to Decatur, Georgia, where they lived for the next half-century.  Bob was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church as a communicant at St. Bartholomew’s for twenty years and at St. Luke’s for the past thirty.  Passionate about politics, the news, the arts and story telling, Bob reveled in conversation and humor concerning the events of the day and memories of family and friends.  His well-informed opinions about sundry topics were never in short supply.  The place he loved most of all was Chapel Hill, North Carolina, whose academic, political and socially conscious community proved formative.  The friends that he made and the values that developed at UNC helped to inform the compassionate generosity that characterized his adult life.  For the past two decades he was most excited about being with his family, especially his two grandchildren, Will and Charlotte.  His close-knit family includes Peggy DeCarrico and Dolly Goscinski and their children of Chapin, South Carolina.  The funeral service, followed by interment in the garden and reception in the parish hall, will occur Tuesday, January 21, at 11:00 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta.  

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  1. Privileged to have worked with Bob. He always had time to share his knowledge and wisdom regardless of his heavy workload. He was always helpful to me throughout my years in the department. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

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