Walter R. McIvor, 67, passed away April 15, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
Bob, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was born June 15, 1946 to Roberts and Sylvia McIvor in Petersburg, Virginia. Bob was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelors degree in 1968 and later graduating from Candler School of Theology of Emory University with a Masters of Divinity degree in 1971. Following seminary, Bob served as Pastor of several United Methodist Churches. He then joined the U.S. Navy as a Chaplain, retiring after 15 years of dedicated service. After his Naval career, Bob served other local churches. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 43 years, Suzanne Tapley McIvor; two sons, Matthew McIvor and wife Heather, Jonathan McIvor and wife Dannielle; mother, Sylvia McIvor; sister, Dr. Kathryn Shaver and husband John; three grandchildren: Connor, Lily and Carys McIvor; and niece, Katelyn Shaver.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 pm, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Courthouse Community United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family request donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the building fund at Courthouse Community United Methodist Church. Please share your condolences with the family at www.FamilyChoiceFunerals.com
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Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My wife, Susan, and I were members of Oak Grove in 1994 when we felt God’s call on our lives to local church ministry. Bob was so supportive of us in those two years before we moved to New Jersey to enroll in seminary. I think of him often and am grateful that he was in our lives during those years. I always looked out for him at Annual Conference and I managed to find him when conference was at Scope in Norfolk a few years ago. Susan and I having been serving churches in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1999. We owe a great debt to his guidance and leadership for helping us answer God’s call.
Suzanne, I want to express my condolences for your loss. Bob did such a wonderful job of helping me clarify my calling to the ministry. He was very honest and authentic about the lifelong nature of God’s call to ministry in his life. He also had a special way of scratching my three year old between the shoulder blades that brought instant calm. I’m so glad that God put both of you into my life at just the right time.
So sorry to hear of the loss of a dear friend and fellow classmate. This June would be our 50 year celebration. We were a small class but each felt as if we had grown up together. It is a sad loss for the class of 1964 but he will always be remembered with love. May God bless his family.