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Robert Arthur Rose, 1914-1992

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On February 1O, 1992, the words, "God's truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever" echoed through Ginter Park Church, Richmond, as family and friends joined to remember and give thanks for the life of Robert Arthur Rose.

In the Fairmount area of Richmond, Virginia, Robert was born on February 27, 1914, the seventh in a family of 13 children. As a 14-year-old, he entered Ferrum for a year of high school, and then returned to Richmond. In 1934, he married Lurena Beadles, and together they attended Fairmount Methodist Church.

Eight years after marriage, and with two of their three children, Robert and Lurena went to West Franklin County to serve five churches and finish his high school education. In 1945, Robert received his high school diploma. Four years later, he was graduated from Roanoke College. Summer school at Candler, with a period of correspondence, provided him with his seminary training. Robert served the West Franklin Charge, (Danville), Bethany (Roanoke), Cloverdale Circuit, Pembroke (Roanoke), Christ (Norfolk), Lawrenceville, Wesley Memorial (Norfolk), Colonial Heights, and Community in Virginia Beach.

His children, Robert Edward Rose, Carolyn Rose, and Margaret Fogel speak. of observing his care for others which has positively influenced their own life choices. His grandchildren, Debra Rose Martin, Robby Rose, and Joshua Fogel remember his love and good humor.

We remember Robert as devoted to his Christ, to the United Methodist Church and to its ministry. He never wavered from his commitment to the United Methodist ministry, and laypeople as well as clergy found themselves stronger because of his faithfulness.

When Robert and Lurena were retiring from the active ministry following their service to Community United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, the congregation sent them on their way with a tribute to both of them. The following words were written for Robert:

"...through his ministry as pastor, friend, and counselor to youth and adults, members and nonmembers, acquaintances and strangers, he has exemplified the highest traits of Christian living and leadership, has led untold numbers to know the joy of the Christian life and has influenced a number of young people to enter the profession of Christian service..."

Thanks be to God for Robert Arthur Rose.  

-F. Douglas Dillard, Jr.



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