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Robert "Bob" James Derby

May 8, 1934 ~ August 15, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old


Robert “Bob” James Derby, 89, of Cedar Hill died Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at his home after a long illness.

Bob was born May 8, 1934, in Easton, PA to the late Clarence Derby and Beulah Dinstel Ely.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1954–1958.  After his honorable discharge, Bob attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology where he received an associate degree in mechanical drafting. Upon completion of his degree, he worked at Bendix Corporation in South Montrose, PA drafting blueprints for aviation instruments for military aircraft. Later, he was employed at N. C. Stauffer and Sons in Factoryville, PA where he drafted blueprints for guards used on industrial equipment at Proctor and Gamble. Bob also started and operated his own business selling and repairing motorcycles, snowmobiles and lawn tractors.

He was an active church member serving as deacon and Sunday school teacher at three churches: Dimock Baptist Church in Dimock, PA, Springville Baptist Church in Springville, PA and Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, TN.

He had a love for cars, motorcycles and airplanes. He won countless trophies as a motocross racer as well as starting a motocross team. He also loved flying and earned his private pilot’s license. He was an excellent mechanic and enjoyed repairing nearly any mechanical device.

Bob will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Janice Hill Derby, daughter Trina Derby Fulton, son-in-law Garry W. Fulton and grandsons Timothy W. Fulton and Stephen M. Fulton.

A graveside service will be conducted at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Ln, Nashville, TN on Monday, August 21st at 11 am. A memorial service will be held at Cedar Hill Baptist Church on Friday, August 25th at 10 am.

Arrangements by Robertson County Funeral Home, Springfield

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Graveside Service
August 21, 2023

11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery
7931 McCrory Lane
Nashville, TN 37221

Memorial Service
August 25, 2023

10:00 AM
Cedar Hill Baptist Church
112 South Main St
Cedar Hill, TN 37032


Middle Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery
7931 McCrory Lane
Nashville, TN 37221


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