Robert Leftwich

Robert "Bobby" Carroll Leftwich, 76, of Charleston, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

He was born June 23, 1937, in Charleston, son of the late John and Beatrice Cochran Leftwich. He served in the United States Army, where he became ping-pong champion in Germany. He loved poker, westerns and sports. His favorite memories were relaxing in Florida, playing golf with his wife.

Bobby devoted over 60 years of his life to Shoney's, where he started as a dishwasher and worked his way up to owning several Shoney's restaurants.

In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Frances, and brothers, Benny, Edward and Donald.

Surviving are his sons, Robert Leftwich (Sheila) of Ripley and Mike Leftwich (Tiffany) of Pinch; daughters, Barbie Leftwich of Sandyville and Melissa Leftwich of Charleston; sisters, Alice Dolan of South Charleston and Mildred Kiser (Eugene) of Charleston; grandchildren, Christopher Leftwich of Proctorville, Ohio, Ashlea Gable of Sandyville, Rachel Briggs (Jesse) of Ravenswood, Rachelle Leftwich of Ripley, Whitney Knotts (Mark) of Millwood, Ricci Pitzer of Charleston and Tanner Leftwich of Williamstown; and great-grandchildren, Cash Curry, Kaleb Knotts, Deondre, Aniyah and Traevian Briggs.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice for such great care of Bobby and the entire family throughout the final weeks of his life.

A service celebrating the life of Robert "Bobby" Leftwich will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family urges you to bring your favorite Bobby story to share during the service if you choose.

A reception with food and fellowship will follow the service at the Parsons-Vail Family Center at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to

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