Robert H. "Bob-O-Lou" Carraway (1937 - 2014)

Robert H. "Bob-O-Lou" Carraway, 77, of Quincy, FL., passed away Feb. 18, 2014. He was born Nov. 11, 1937 in Quincy. He graduated from Gadsden County High School, was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Quincy and served in the U. S. Army. He was a very avid motorcyclist and boater.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy.

He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Carraway Bodiford of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Bettymae Bodiford of Crawfordville, and Walker Bodiford of Tallahassee; one great-grandchild, Peyton Hale of Tallahassee, and a very special friend, Jan Rippetoe of Tallahassee. He was predeceased by his parents, Ormond W. and Louise Olive Carraway. Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL., is in charge of arrangements.

Thoughts on Bob

As I sit around dwelling upon and mulling Bob's death, I feel both great sadness and warmth about my dear friend. It is a bitter shock to have him suddenly pulled away. His parents both lived into their 90's and I fully expected Bob to live as long, especially since he was always actively involved in some "project" or working on his house/land. Instead of lamenting over his untimely departure, it is much better to remember and cherish the many good times and relationship we shared. Bob loved life in general and especially motorcycling and shooting. Nothing would please him better than to be planning or being on a motorcycle trip. With his wit, he was always fun to be around and always added color to our experiences. As a self made mechanically minded man, I was in awe of his ability to fix practically anything. He helped me many times to install or fix things on my bike. I asked for his advice often and tried to reciprocate with anything I could do or felt would help him. He was a true friend and detested anyone he felt was a "user". Bob shared willingly of his time and talent to help others. He was an honest and open man who did not mind speaking his mind,even though it sometimes worked against him. He was very proud of our motorcycle group for its participatory nature and greatly enjoyed participating in its activities. It was a big part of his life as it is with mine. As time moves on,it is so important to reminisce on relationships with loved ones, especially those departed, and carry forward the good they represented. Bob was a big part of my life and his memory will be with me until my end. I will always have an undying love and respect for Bob!

Charles Couch

Charles, well written and true. Bob will be one of those individuals that I will miss. We talked often and was always appreciative when you inquired about his well being. It is sad to say, but motorcycling and the Silver Eagles were his family and as a family member, we did not always agree. Bob spoke his mind - even admitting that he wished his foot was bigger so he could keep it out of his mouth at times. Bob always apologized to me after a heated disagreement. He may not have felt he was wrong - just the tone in use at the time. I will miss him for he was a good dear friend. I will never regret calling him the night he died to inquire about him. It is a conversation I will remember for a long time.

Charlie Portero
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