November 12, 2012

Robert ‘Bob’ Suits

— Robert “Bob” Suits, 77, of Cleveland, Tenn., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in a local health care facility. His attempted recovery from cancer and chemotherapy was more than his earthly body could handle. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kay “Carroll” Suits; sons, Lt. Robert Suits of the Cleveland Police Department, Mike Suits and Steve King of Atlanta, and Lamar Suits and his love Liberty Muse of Chattanooga.

He is also survived by grandsons, Nathan Suits and wife Kelly of Chickamauga, and Jason Suits of Cleveland, Tenn.; granddaughters, Paige Young and Kayla Suits of Chattanooga; great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Sara Kate Suits of Chickamauga, and Madison Koenig of Chattanooga.

He is also survived by brothers, Gary Suits and wife Bonnie, Ken Suits and wife Janie, and Terry Suits, all of Cleveland, Tenn., and Dennis Suits and wife Barbara of Tullahoma, Tenn.; sisters, Connie and husband Ronnie Anderson, Kathy and husband Dan Gillum, and Kim Monroe, all of Cleveland, Tenn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is further survived by his storytelling, Cohutta school buddies and friends of which he has kept lifelong relationships, and special people in his life, Martha Ledford, Joyce Hall, Taylor Hardin and Sue Griffith. We can’t fail to mention his granddogs, Jenny Kay, Smudge and Emma, and the half-horse Maggie Mae.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Deering Suits; his mother, Geraldine “Whaley” Morgan; his stepmother, Louella Suits; mother-in-law, Anna Lee Carroll (whom he affectionately called Miss Carroll); his baby sister, Tammy Lou; his brothers, Donald Suits, Dwight Suits, Steve Suits and Mac Suits, all of which were armed services veterans, and Ricky Suits; daughter-in-law, Joanne Arthur Suits; and his firstborn grandchild, Robert Joshua, born to Robert and Joanne. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He started his work career at 12 at Modern Tufting Company in Dalton and continued working in Dalton for many years before his retirement in 2002 due to health issues. His other places of employment were Jonas Carpets in the 1970s, and Versatile Industries and Lyle Industries in the 1980s and 1990s, where he always held the title of plant manager. His final position was at Cherokee Carpets.

He was known to be a tough but fair boss by many of his former employees. Bob received his educational degree in management at an early age and wasted no time putting that degree to work. After his retirement in 2002, he and his wife became yard sale junkies. You could find them every Saturday hitting as many yard sales as they could in the few hours they would stay out and about. His favorite thing to collect was NASCAR memorabilia. His collection would give any professional collector a run for their money. You could find him most Sunday afternoons in the basement dusting and rearranging the NASCAR collection that he was so proud of. He would show it off to anyone that wanted to see it, “but you better not touch it without permission.”

Bob is a member of Clingan Ridge Baptist in Cleveland, Tenn. Bob and Kay unselfishly sacrificed time and money to provide necessities for those who otherwise would not have had them and even further provided toys and clothing at Christmas time to make many children’s Christmases happier and to give pride to the parents.

A remembrance of life service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the North Ocoee Street Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. James Vaughn and the Rev. Ricky Vaughn officiating.

Casket bearers will be Robert Suits, Jason Suits, Dennis Suits, Gary Suits, Ken Suits and Steve Suits. Honorary casket bearers will be Terry Suits, Brian Suits, Jerry “Bubba” Suits, Jim Flannery, David Griffith, James Johnson, Cecil Hall, Leo Whaley and the whole storytelling Cohutta Gang.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 8 p.m. at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tenn.

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