Robert (Bobby) Lynn Marcum, 72, transitioned to his eternal home in heaven after a long battle with kidney disease, at his home in Niceville, FL, on Saturday, January 15, 2022, surrounded by his wife and daughters.
Bobby is preceded in death by his parents Mary and Charles Marcum and brother Ronald Marcum. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Pam Brunson Marcum, daughters Mary Marcum Dark (Al) and Leslie Marcum Sawyer (Chris), grandchildren Katelynn Marcum Wiggins (Corry), Aidan Dark, Donovan Dark, Jaxon Dark, Aaliyah Dark, Arianna Sawyer, and Ainsley Sawyer, great granddaughter Callie Wiggins, and sister Suellen Marcum Purkey (Fred).
Bobby grew up in Morristown, TN, where he thrived as the quarterback of his high school football team and was voted by his classmates as Mr. Morristown High School. Through his success on the football field, he earned a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, AL, earning All-Conference player. It was there he met his future wife, Pam and had two beautiful daughters. After graduating from JSU he coached football at his college alma mater for several years.
Bobby continued his coaching career at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, for two years. Eventually he left the coaching field and became a sales representative for Wolverine Worldwide living and working in Middletown, OH, for 19 years.
While in Middletown, Bobby was an active member of University Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, taught Sunday school, and was a prayer partner to his beloved pastor, Nolan Phillips.
One of Bobby’s greatest memories was coaching his oldest daughter’s select soccer team and also cheering on his youngest daughter’s competitive tennis during their high school and college years.
In 2000, Bobby moved his family to Sandestin, FL, as he continued his sales job with Wolverine Worldwide where he was awarded “Salesman of the Decade” in 2010. He retired in 2012.
Something Bobby always felt grateful for was the opportunity to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in India for several weeks in 2004.
As his grandchildren got older, watching them compete in their various sports and activities was the highlight of his retirement years.
Bobby and Pam would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 29, 2022.
An outdoor memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Henderson Beach State Park, Pavilion A, 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM and service at 3:00 PM. Casual attire is requested.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Bobby Marcum can be made to sponsor a young missionary family, Andrew and Mallory and their three children, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in the Middle East. Checks can be made out to Pioneers, memo/Andrew and Mallory account #113344 and sent to Pioneers-USA 10123 William Carey Dr., Orlando, FL 32832. A tax-deductible receipt will be sent to you. You may also make a donation online referencing the account number.
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