Robert Elliot Switzer, 69, of Memphis and formerly of Trimble passed away Saturday, June 1 at St. Francis Hospital Bartlett.
The son of the late Bobby and Quida Switzer, Robert called Trimble home for the first 54 years of his life. He was a faithful member of the Trimble First Baptist Church and active in the Trimble Lion"s Club. For many years, he helped coach the Trimble Middle School football team and was affectionately called "Coach Roob." Outside God and family, sports was a major interest in his life. His blood ran true blue for his University of Memphis Tigers. He also enjoyed following politics and in the spring of 2005, former County Mayor Richard Hill designated him as the honorary Mayor of Dyer County for a week.
After his mother's death, Robert moved to Memphis where he began another very active chapter in his life. He was a member of Ellendale Baptist Church and active in the Treasure Seekers Sunday School class. He was an employee at Kroger at Trinity Commons and received the West Tennessee Employment Consortium Barrier Breaking Award. He considered serving others an honor and volunteered for Meals on Wheels for over ten years receiving the MIFA Volunteer of the Year Award. Living in Memphis offered Robert the opportunity to not only listen to his Tigers but attend numerous games as well as other sporting events.
He is survived by two brothers: Ron (Penny) Switzer of Dyersburg and Stanley (Donna) Switzer of Newbern; three nieces: Ann Elizabeth (Rich) Rucker of Murfreesboro, Virginia (Chris) Moon of Knoxville, and Heather Switzer of Newbern; and grand nephew and nieces: Will Rucker, Frannie Rucker, and Mary Peyton Moon.
Services will be Tuesday, June 4 at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Newbern. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Dyersburg. Pallbearers will be David Ring, Jerry Ring, Chris Moon, Rich Rucker, Heather Switzer, and Chris Young.
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