Obituary for Bobby Chafin (1932-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Chafin, Bobby Dean


Bobby Dean Chafin, 89, of Greensboro passed away at home on Wednesday May 26, 2021. His 66-year-old wife Wilma Rush Chafin survived him. three loving sons, Steve (Ginny) Chafin from Brown Summit, NC, Gary (Vicky) Chafin from Roanoke, VA, and David (Lynn) Chafin from Greensboro; eight grandchildren, Kristen, Lauren, Matt, Daniel, Rebecca, Mark, Chris, and Sam; and 19 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Gilbert (Doris) Chafin from Christiansburg, VA; Sisters-in-law, Donna Chafin from Raleigh, NC, Doris (Gilbert) Chafin from Christiansburg, Ella Ruth Hutchins from Christiansburg, VA, and Shirley Adkins (Bob) from Ferrum, VA; and brother-in-law Fred Williams of Christiansburg, VA.

Bob was a deacon at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church and sang in the choir for many years. He was also a veteran of the Korean War and was awarded a Purple Heart for miraculously surviving a gunshot wound that entered and left his body without injuring any major organ. After serving in the Army, Bob spent several years in the NC and VA auto dealership industry, then joined the U.S. Postal Service in Greensboro in 1978 and retired as a postmaster from Sparta, NC in 1992. After his retirement, Bob and Wilma returned to Christiansburg for a few years and then lived in Oak Island, NC before moving back to Greensboro in 1999.

A service will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg, VA. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 30th at 3 p.m. at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro. The family will receive friends in the church from 2 p.m. before the service. Senior Pastor Dr. Daniel Dickard will lead both services.

In place of flowers, memorials can be erected for Friendly Avenue Baptist Church (building fund), 4800 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27410. The Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm-Kapelle supports the family with the organization. Online condolences can be offered at

Published by Greensboro News & Record May 28-29, 2021.

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