Robert Jackson Swanner, 60, passed away on Friday, January 1st, 2016.
“Big Bobby” as he was affectionately known by his family and friends was born October 9, 1955 to the late Renaldo and Virginia Swanner in Norfolk, VA. Big Bobby lived his life the way he wanted, full of life with a smile on his face embracing each and every moment. His loyalty to his family and friends was obvious to everyone who was fortunate to have known him. Big Bobby’s large stature could bring fear to any man but those who knew him would say he was a kind loving person who would give you the shirt off his back. Bobby will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, cousin and friend. He will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish his memory are: son, “Little Bobby” Swanner and wife Heather; daughter, Kellie Smith; two brothers, Mike Swanner and Phil Estes; sister, Sandra Swanner-Harbor; grandchildren: Jackson Swanner, Hayleigh Swanner, Madison Swanner and Carson Smith; “adopted son”, Chris Martin; best friend Jerry Ashford and numerous nieces, nephews and family members.
A celebration of life will be held at 6:30 pm, Friday, January 8, 2016 at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations.
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I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bobby. We had been friends for a long time. Had a lot of good times together. He will be missed by many. My condolences go out to the family at this time of sorrow. RIP my friend!
Sad to lose a man bigger than life with the heart of a teddy bear! RIP Bobzilla ❤️ You will be greatly missed by many
You will be missed by so many but I Will especially miss you, you wasn’t just my cousin you was like a 2nd daddy to me I spent a lot of weekend with you when I was younger. God I can’t believe you’re gone? Do me a favor tell everyone we said hello and we miss them!!! I love you Bobby❤️ Love your cousin Nancy!
Sandy, Mike, Little Bobby and rest of family….. So sorry for your loss he was a fun person to be around and always could make you laugh. He will be greatly missed by many. He had a special place in his heart for my daughter and he did anything she ever asked him she is going to miss her Big Bobby as she called him.
Those of us lucky enough to call Bobby friend knows what it is to have a true friend. Bobby had a heart as big as all outside and is going to be greatly missed. I’m going to really miss that big booming laugh of his. Ride on my friend on that golden highway in the sky.
To Sandy and Mike sorry for liss of your brother Bobby.Prayers out to you all and family.
You didn’t have to be blood to be his family, his heart was big enough for everybody. Fly High Free Bird!!!
Oh baby… We love u… I will miss u and our chats… I’m still ur baby girl … ur gonna enjoy this new journey ur on… say hi to everyone… and yes hug Bear and Barry for me… enjoy ur peaceful ride baby
It still doesnt seem real. My big brother is missed and will never be forgotten. Biggest baddest man i knoe