Bobby Epperson was born Oct. 5, 1952, in Texarkana. "Pop Pop" to his family and "Epp" to his childhood friends, Bobby moved to Tyler when he was 5 years old. It was here where he started "going steady" with his future wife, Georganne Pace, at Moore Junior High in the eighth grade. He played center and right guard on the Robert E. Lee High School football team, served as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and married Georganne at First Christian Church on June 15, 1973.
In 1975, Bobby became the first in his family to earn a college degree, graduating with a BS in industrial sales and distribution from Texas A&M University. He and Georganne settled in Spring where they had two children, Laura Lea and Matthew Ray.
Known across many ventures for his fearless entrepreneurial spirit, including opening a family-owned restaurant, Bobby founded and became president of Southwest Drives and Systems, playing a leading, nationwide role in the industrial sales industries for the past 10 years. Bobby adored his family and was always ready to plan family gatherings at his dad's home on Lake Palestine, his mom's home in Germantown, Tenn., or his own home in Spring. It was at these gatherings that he became a favorite uncle - always engaging and delighting his nieces and nephews who all lived to love their Uncle Bobby.
Surrounded by his family in the late morning of Jan. 29, 2013, Bobby went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a brave two-year battle with leukemia.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Georganne Epperson; children, Laura Epperson and Matthew Epperson; father, Samuel Epperson (Sandra); mother, Barbara Epperson Mincer (Harry); mother-in-law, Priscilla Zeppa (Keating); sister, Debra Flanagan (Timothy) and daughters Seána and Brigid Flanagan; brother, Jeffrey Epperson (Karen) and children Megan, J. Tyler and Jacob Epperson; sister-in-law, Priscilla Pace, daughter J. Elaine Eldridge, and sons Joseph and Polk Eldridge; along with aunts and many cousins.
Bobby will be remembered with love by all his family and many friends for his unwavering devotion to his family, his endearing passion for rescuing animals, being an avid Houston Texans fan (no matter the game's outcome), and his timeless advice (whether we were ready to hear it or not). He was someone whose love, humor and tenacity enriched the lives of those fortunate enough to know him.
In lieu of flowers, Bobby's family requests that donations be made to the Bobby R. Epperson Class of '75 TAMU Scholarship Fund, which will support Klein ISD graduates who aspire to attend Texas A&M University. Donations may be mailed to Woodforest National Bank, 6918 Louetta Road, Spring, 77379.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Cypress Creek Christian Church in Spring.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 7, 2014