His attempted recovery from cancer and chemotherapy was more than his earthly body could handle. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Deering Suits; his mother, Geraldine “Whaley” Morgan; his stepmother, Louella Suits; mother-in law, Anna Lee Carroll (whom he affectionately called Miss Carroll); his baby sister, Tammy Lou; his brothers: Donald Suits, Dwight Suits, Steve Suits and Mac Suits, all of which were armed services veterans, and Ricky Suits; daughter-in-law, Joanne Arthur Suits; and his first born grandchild, Robert Joshua, born to Robert and Joanne; he was also preceded in death by his grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He started his work career at the age of 12 at Modern Tufting Company in Dalton, Ga., and continued working in Dalton for many years before his retirement in 2002 due to health issues. His other places of employment were Jonas Carpets in the 1970’s, Versatile Industries, Lyle Industries in the 1980’s and 1990’s, where he always held the title of plant manager. His final position was at Cherokee Carpets. He was known to be a tough but a fair boss by many of his former employees.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Kay “Carroll” Suits; sons: Lt Robert Suits of the Cleveland Police Department, Mike Suits and Steve King, both of Atlanta, Ga., Lamar Suits and his love, Liberty Muse, of Chattanooga; grandsons: Nathan Suits and wife, Kelly, of Chickamauga Ga. and Jason Suits of Cleveland; granddaughters: Paige Young and Kayla Suits, both of Chattanooga; great granddaughters: Elizabeth and Sara Kate Suits, both of Chickamauga and Madison Koenig of Chattanooga; brothers: Gary Suits and wife, Bonnie, Ken Suits and wife, Janie, and Terry Suits all of Cleveland, Dennis Suits and wife, Barbara of Tullahoma; sisters: Connie and husband, Ronnie Anderson, Kathy and husband, Dan Gillum, and Kim Monroe, all of Cleveland; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is further survived by his story-telling, Cohutta school buddies and friends of which he has kept lifelong relationships and special people in his life Martha Ledford, Joyce Hall, Taylor Hardin and Sue Griffith, as well as his grand dogs: Jenny Kay, Smudge, Emma, and the half horse Maggie Mae.
He received his educational degree in management at an early age and wasted no time in putting that degree to work. After his retirement in 2002 he and his wife became yard sale junkies. Every Saturday they hit as many yard sales as they could in the few hours they would stay out and about. His favorite thing to collect was Nascar. His collection would give any professional collector a run for their money. Most Sunday afternoons he spent in the basement dusting and rearranging the NASCAR collection that he was so proud of. He would show it off to anyone that wanted to see it, “but you better not touch it without permission.”
He was a member of Clingan Ridge Baptist. Bob and Kay unselfishly sacrificed time and money to provide necessities for those who otherwise would not have had them, and even further provided toys and clothing at Christmas time to make many children’s Christmas happier and to give pride to the parents.
A Remembrance of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the North Ocoee Chapel of the Jim Rush funeral homes with the Rev. James Vaughn and the Rev. Ricky Vaughn officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with a white dove release concluding the service. Nathan Suits, Jason Suits, Dennis Suits, Gary Suits, Ken Suits and Steve Suits will serve as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Terry Suits, Brian Suits, Jerry “Bubba” Suits, Jim Flannery, David Griffith, James Johnson, Cecil Hall, Leo Whaley and the whole story telling Cohutta Gang.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 this evening at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church.
Please share your memories and condolences with the Suits family at http://www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com/.