Robert Sevier Obituary (1970-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Sevier, Jr., Robert E. “Skip”

December 6, 1970 – December 25, 2021

Robert “Skip” Sevier of Greensboro died unexpectedly on Christmas Day at the age of 51. As the son of Dr. Robert Sevier and the late Mary Jane Higgins was born in Frankfurt while the family was serving in the military; In 1974 they finally moved to Greensboro. Skip graduated from Page High School where he was an honorary student, class leader, outstanding golfer, and inaugural speaker.

His skill and dedication to golf resulted in his playing and placing at numerous US Junior Golf Association events, and he was junior champion at Greensboro Country Club for seven consecutive years. In 1989 he won the coveted Donald Ross Junior Classic at Pinehurst and that fall went on a golf scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he played college golf in his freshman year.

After his mother’s death on Christmas Day, Skip lost focus and left Wake Forest after his freshman year, becoming estranged from family and friends, and quickly falling into despair, crime, and alcoholism. He reappeared about 25 years later and was persuaded to rehabilitate at Greensboro Fellowship Hall. He became an avid and passionate member and leader of AA, speaking at AA / NA meetings, facilitating the recovery of many others. At the end of August, he proudly celebrated the fifth anniversary of his own recovery.

Unfortunately, the interruption of traditional AA meetings by COVID lockdowns, the many additional pressures of the pandemic, the death of his employer along with the myriad other stresses of the season and life itself began to undermine Skip’s resolve and eventually, though almost, imperceptibly became insurmountable. The bright, pleasant, and confident man the family enjoyed at a Christmas Eve gathering had suddenly disappeared the next day, the victim in his silent fear of a likely accidental overdose. Fortunately, this personable, considerate, and competent man, who never met a stranger, was also a man of faith; It is comforting to know that he has found eternal peace with his Savior.

Skip was preceded in death by his mother and only sister, Mary Kelly Fletcher. He leaves behind his father and stepmother, Patricia Austin Sevier, as well as numerous other family members of both the Sevier and Austin clans.

Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Services is supporting the family with a private grave offering, which is planned for a later date. Family welcomes friends at Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Services, 515 N Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401 on Thursday, January 6, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Those wishing to make memorial gifts are invited to Fellowship Hall, 5140 Dunstan Rd., Greensboro, NC 27405; West Market Street Methodist Church, 302 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401; or a charity of your choice.

At www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com, happy memories and condolences can be shared with the Sevier family.

Published by Greensboro News & Record on January 2, 2022.

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