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CW3 Robert “Bob” Widener, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), 76, of Sunbury, Georgia and husband of Susan P. Widener, died Wednesday afternoon, July 31, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Aiken, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Robert Isaac Widener and the late Fanny Key Widener. Mr. Widener retired from the United States Army after more than 20 years of service, including service during the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Widener Broom, Hazel Renfrow Rosier, and Delores Widener Dicks.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Susan P. Widener of Sunbury, Georgia; two sons, Ronnie D. Widener and Robert D. Widener, both of Chapin, South Carolina; a daughter, Janette Widener Overton and her husband, The Reverend Mark Alan Overton, of Bristol, Tennessee; ten grandchildren, Robbie Overton, David Overton and his wife, Jessica Howard Overton, Madison Widener, Justin Widener, Conner Watson, M.J. Overton, Savannah Widener, Zachary Widener, Katelyn Overton, and Grayson Widener; two sister, Evelyn Widener Carter of Beach Island, South Carolina and Louise Widener Hutto and her husband, Joe, of Aiken, South Carolina, one brother-in-law, William Broom, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 Friday at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service. Interment, with full military honors, will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.


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  1. Jeanie Patton says:

    Dear Susan,
    I am so sorry for your loss, our loss. Bob was a wonderful, loving, and giving man. I wish I could be there to personally show my love and respect for him, you and the family. Know I love you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Gwen Parker says:

    To the Widener family,
    We lost a dear and special friend. We never knew on New Years Day that we would have to give him up so soon, His wit and humor will missed greatly on WING night. All his memories of the Boston Butt cooking will always be special, Paul has the picture of the seven who cooked the wings on his desk and it will always stay there. God needed one more special man. God needed someone to ride the Harley Davidson’s with him and Bob said “LETS RIDE!”

  3. Anthony Dukes says:

    Dear Aunt Susan,
    Uncle Bob was very special to me. I’m sad to hear that he has passed away. I will miss him and the encouragement that he has always given me. I will always remember him. May God bless you at this difficult time.
    Love, Anthony

  4. Isle of Wight Country Club says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family during this time. The Isle of Wight Community is deeply sadden by the loss of a good friend and neighbor. Bob’s generous spirit and easy laugh will be remembered by those of us who shared good times with him. He will definitely be missed.

  5. Susan Johnson says:

    Bob appeared never to meet a stranger and to make every stranger feel part of his world. He was a very special person and his passing leaves a great void in the lives of many. My deepest condolences to Susan and the family.

  6. Manuel and Angela Broome Gunter says:

    Praying that God’s sufficient grace will engulf our whole family as we go through this difficult time. Uncle Robert has ALWAYS been very special to the whole family….We all know how much his sisters loved him and doted over him….He and Susan have always been there for our family in every way. We love you ALL!!!!!!

  7. Llewellyn Widener says:

    To the Robert Widener Family
    So sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He and I grew up in our early years fairly close. Bob (Bubba, we called him then) and I are first cousins. Our Dad’s were brothers and looked very much alike. Wished we could have been closer over the years so we could have known each others family. Just want to let you know that we love you all and that we will be praying for you during this time.

  8. Allen White says:

    To Dean Widener and Family

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May God Bless and Keep You during this difficult time.

  9. Stanley Harris, Jr. says:

    It is with sadness that I learned of Mr. Widener’s passing. I only met him recently and have known him for such a brief time. My condolences to his family. I hope his passing was peaceful.

  10. Dear Susan. We are so so sad to hear of Bobs passing …..This must be the hardest thing you have ever had to do? God will be with you through this sad days ahead .. trust him and ask him to help you find a way to go through this ?.He will be with you now and always trust him and god bless you and your family

  11. Jim & Paula Cramer says:

    To Susan and the Widener family,
    We are sorry to hear of Bobs passing. We still have many fond memories of you guys and Jeanette and kids living behind us in Georgetown. We all moved away and lost touch. I know Bob is in good hands. May he Rest In Peace.
    Jim & Paula Cramer

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