Bob Mowrey

Born in Cleveland, TN on June 1, 1926

Departed on December 13, 2013 and resided in Nashville, TN

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MOWREY, Robert Atchley (Bro. Bob), Age 87, went to be with his heavenly Father December 13, 2013, with his family by his side. Bob was born June 1, 1926, in Cleveland, Tennessee to Jesse Franklin Mowrey and Jewell Atchley Mowrey. At age 9, on Easter Sunday morning in 1935, Bob came to know his Savior and was called to preach the Word that same day. Bob never faltered from that calling until the day he left this earth. Christ worked in this man to influence the lives of countless men and women. His presence and witness will impact the lives of future generations. Bob preached his first sermon at age 14. He later graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He pastored several churches in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama before becoming pastor of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville where he served for 35 years from 1960 to 1995. Not one for retirement, Bro. Bob was interim pastor at First Baptist Cookeville, Tennessee and First Baptist Sparta, Tennessee before becoming pastor of First Baptist Scottsboro, Tennessee where he served from 2001 to 2013. Bob preached his last sermon at Scottsboro on December 4, 2013, the day before he suffered a stroke. Bob married his soul mate and life companion, Peggy Thompson, on May 14, 1950, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Bob and Peggy were married for 63 wonderful years. In addition to Peggy, Bob is survived by his two sons, Robert (and wife Nancy) of Dallas, Texas, David (and wife Cynthia) of Nashville; grandchildren, Heather (and husband Mark) Johnson, Hannah Mowrey, Nathan (and wife Jeanne) Mowrey, John (and wife Ashley) Mowrey, Tate Mowrey and Andrew Mowrey; great grandchildren Haley Jackson and Alley Jackson, all of Dallas, Texas. The funeral service will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 12pm, at the Park Avenue Baptist Church, 4300 Park Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209, with Bobby Welch officiating. Interment at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37221. Visitation will be held at Park Avenue on Monday from 3-7pm and on Tuesday from 10am until the service hour. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Raymond Berlin, Bobby Strickland, Tommy DeFord, Gene Turner, and Larry Parris. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church Scottsboro, 5253 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37218. WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME, 6962 Charlotte Pike; online guestbook www.www.coleandgarrett.com 615-352-352-9400

38 Comments to Brother Bob Mowrey

  1. Mike Burnett
    December 13, 2013 6:59 pm

    Bro. Mowery was a great man. I had the utmost respect for him. A man of values and a love of God. He exemplified faith and hope. A true leader.

    To his wife and family; I am so sorry for you loss, and heaven’s gain. May the arms of Christ surround you and comfort you in your time of need.

    Goodbye brother Mowery, and thank you for all of your guidance and the manner in which you served out creator.

  2. Yvonne Ward
    December 13, 2013 10:07 pm

    Bro Bob influenced my life greatly. We cherish the memories of serving together at Park Ave. The friendship with Bro Bob and Peggy has been a blessing.

  3. Debbie Edwards
    December 13, 2013 11:23 pm

    Bro. Bob meant so very much to me and my parents.He was one of the most Godly men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.He married me and dedicated all three of my daughters.His spirit was always kind and he was filled with the holy spirit. He always knew just what to say.My parents L.J and Louise Edwards Thought the world of him and his family. I will cherish all the fond memories when I was only 13 years old and found Jesus and ask him into my heart. My life was forever changed.He did such a great works with his ministry.To the family, I am so sorry for your loss.He is finally able to rejoice with the angels in heaven and with his heavenly father that he loved so much.

  4. Russ and Bobbie Hickman
    December 14, 2013 6:44 am

    We remember Brother Bob and Peggy fondly and she and the rest of the family will be in our thoughts and prayers. For Bob is with his Lord and Peggy and the rest of us must wait a little while.

  5. Donna Silva
    December 14, 2013 9:00 am

    I’am so sorry to hear of your loss may god wrap his arm’s around you and give you comfort sending prayers to Peggy and family.I will always remember Bob and Peggy coming to the waffle house and me waiting on you pecan waffle,raisin toast scramble eggs with cheese . Love to all the family and god bless you.

  6. Sandi and Steve
    December 14, 2013 9:40 am

    The world has lost a good man. Heaven has gained a holy man. Let Bro Bob’s desire for every person to gain eternal life never be lost. Even through his death, God can have the Glory. We’ll miss you Bro Bob but we’ll see you someday. Prayers for Miss Peggy and the rest of the family. Love you all.

  7. Luann Landers
    December 14, 2013 10:38 am

    I first met Brother Bob when I took care of his mother at the nursing home. She was quite the Scrabble player. He was always so kind and friendly. I would run into him from time to time after that and he never failed to remember me even years later. I send healing thoughts to your family. I know that Ms. Jewell is probably beating him at Scrabble….

  8. Tommy Kuykendall
    December 14, 2013 11:10 am

    I grew up in Fort Payne, Alabama where Brother Bob was pastor. He was such a great and caring man. My Father, Curtis Kuykendall was a Deacon at First Baptist and thought so highly of Bob and his ministry. Bob and Peggy even helped me find a room for a short time in a home of a member of Park Ave. Baptist when I first came to Nashville for my first employment just out of college. I know that Bob is sitting in Heaven next to Jesus this day. What a great life. He was truly designated by God to be a Minister. His funeral should be a celebration of Bob’s great life in serving Gog. My best thoughts for Peggy and his family in this time of grief over his passing.

  9. Cathy Dunham
    December 14, 2013 11:36 am

    Bro. Bob was the most godly man I have ever met. I so appreciate the influence he had on my life when I became a Christian, and I miss his sermons and his expository Bible studies he held on Wednesday nights. He left quite a legacy, having such a positive influence on so many people. May the family be comforted in their loss.

  10. Pam Allen
    December 14, 2013 12:07 pm

    Brother Bob is a west nashville legacy that will live on .He touched many lives and truly was led by the Lord.I know he is happy in his heavenly home now.I remember when we were children we lived next door to them,my prayers are with Peggy,David and Rob and their families.

  11. C.B. and Joan (kinlaw) Vanatta
    December 14, 2013 1:54 pm

    Truly a Godly man. A loving servant gone on to be with his Master.
    C.B. and Joan Vanatta

  12. Forrest and Deborah Sartain
    December 14, 2013 4:16 pm

    Bro. Bob was my pastor for over forty years he was truly a man of God. He will be sadley missed. He is now in Heaven he will difinetly receive his crown. He was the best ever preacher. I have never heard of any other preacher that could preach like this man good preach. RIP!! you will be missed very much!!!

  13. Dave Price
    December 14, 2013 4:26 pm

    Although I did not belong to Brother Mowrey’s church, I met him many times at funerals he preached or at the bedside of the sick he came to visit and pray with. He was a dear and loving Christian man, always very kind when we talked, and will be missed by countless people whom he touched. I’m sure God will continue to bless his family.

  14. Jewel Hutson
    December 14, 2013 4:53 pm

    Prayers go out to Peggy, Family and Scottsboro First Baptist Church. He was a very godly man!! Devoted to Church and the people he who knew. Will be Greatly missed by many… Will need lots of time for Scottsboro Church to Heal!! Love you… Peggy. Prayers and Sympathy… Sent your way!! Love you… Jewel Hutson and Leann Marcrum

  15. Theresa Moore
    December 14, 2013 5:55 pm

    Brother Bob was truly a Godley man .He made a Great Impact on my life .I could surely see the love of Lord through his Life .Rest in peace Brother Bob .

  16. Gaylon and Cindy Bates
    December 14, 2013 8:14 pm

    Park Avenue was our first church after we married and Bro bob was our first pastor. Although we were only there for two years (air force) he made a lasting impression on us both. We are thankful that Gene and Anna B,turner have kept us up to date on his life. He is a man whom it was a priviledge to know and one who is well worth remembering.

  17. Jeff Murphy
    December 14, 2013 8:20 pm

    Bro. Bob was one of the finest men I have ever known. I had the honor of working with him many many times, as he preached funerals for the families I served at Pettus-Owen & Wood. Many times those families did not have a church, and I can’t tell you how many times Bro. Bob would come and minister to them. I always enjoyed going on funerals where we went out out town, Bro. Bob could always find the best places to eat off the beaten path, and he almost always, had his dessert first!. I will forever be grateful for knowing this Godly man.

  18. Peggy Reams
    December 14, 2013 11:41 pm

    Although I am saddened to know that Bro. Bob is no longer with us, I know that he is having a blessed time in the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He will always be a part of my memories because back in 1968, he led me to the Lord. I first knew him when I was a very young teenager, over 50 years ago. I pray God’s comfort and peace upom Miss Peggy and the rest of the family. Please know that we also hold you in our hearts. We love you!

  19. Jeff Robinson
    December 15, 2013 10:03 am

    Thank you Brother Bob for leading me to Christ, for teaching the Bible word by word right down to the Hebrew and Greek and customs of the day that define and explain everything. Praise God for your life.

  20. Pastor's Buck & Vonda Rogers
    December 15, 2013 5:42 pm

    Bro. Bob influenced our lives greatly,He walked the walk and when you were around him ,you could see and feel Jesus’ love,and witness the unconditional love through Bro. Bob’s actions. We will miss him greatly, but we will never forget him and we will keep a memory of him always in our heart’s.Our prayers go out to the 1st Lady of Scottsboro 1st Baptist Church Mrs.Peggy Mowrey and Family, If there is any thing we can do for you Mrs,Mowrey feel free to call us, May God give you comfort during this time,and send His ministry angels to bring you the peace that only God can give to your family. We know Pastor Bob is in heaven ,and is sharing some humor with God right now. He’s probably sharing with God how wonderful it felt to save a lost soul,and bring them into the Kingdom of God,and sharing with God how wonderful it was to have the opportunity and honor to be called into God’s ministry. I know He’s talking about his love for Park Ave Baptist Church & Scottsboro 1st Baptist Church,and for all that ever entered their doors. I know,Because that’s what kind of Christian and Pastor he was. It has been said ” It’s not how you lived your life that is important but What you leave behind”. ,Bro. Bob Thank you for leaving so much behind,and God speed into Heaven’s Gate.

  21. Charlayne Crabtree Pickett Blaylock
    December 15, 2013 5:43 pm

    Was just before addressing your Christmas Card and am shocked to learn of Bob’s passing. We have been friends since first grade in Chattanooga, Tennessee and I have fond memories of days’ spent at his home on Battery Heights. I have felt something was not right as he did share with me his Church activities of the past year but death did not enter my mind. Peggy, my deepest sympathy to you and the children and grandchildren. He was so looking forward to your marriage and stopped by Mother’s house to share the good news with me and I was so happy for the both of you. May you be comforted with the many years you two shared and your many, many memories. I can’t tell you how his death saddens me. I regret I will be unable to attend the funeral but you will be in my thoughts at that time.

  22. Ken & Janet Williams
    December 15, 2013 6:24 pm

    We Are So Sorry For You & Your Familys Loss.Bro.Bob was A Good Man We Only Knew Him 7 Years But That Was The 7 BEST Years In Church. He Was A Great And Inspiring Man, He Never Met A Stranger. We Are Here For You And Your Family. Try ToStay Strong & Keep Looking UP..

  23. Ann Davidson Burns
    December 15, 2013 8:18 pm

    Rev. Bob Mowrey was my pastor at First Baptist Fort Payne, AL during my high school years. That was more than 50 years ago. I will forever be grateful for his support, and for his influence that has lasted all of my life. I remember his lovely family. I send my prayers and sympathy at this time of their loss.

  24. Rick Hurlburt
    December 15, 2013 9:57 pm

    Bro. Bob Mowrey was my pastor growing up at Park Ave. Baptist Church where i was saved by the Lord.My prayers go out to your family.I am sorry for your loss.He was a great man of God. Thank for everything you did for me. God Bless You

  25. Debbie Brown
    December 16, 2013 10:54 am

    I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend the services. Rob, Peggy, and David, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Kay Sutton
    December 16, 2013 12:14 pm

    Rob and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family wrapped in prayer at this time. Heaven has truly gained another angel.

  27. LeAllen Frost
    December 16, 2013 1:04 pm

    Rob, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I am praying for you and your family, that even in loss you will find comfort in the shelter of His wing. Psalm 61:1-4. God bless you all!

  28. The Hargrove Family - William, Nelda, Neal, and Tracey
    December 16, 2013 2:58 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the Mowrey family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sad to lose a loved one during the holiday season. God bless you and peace be with you knowing that he has gone home.

  29. Wayne and Carole (Gordon) Broyles
    December 16, 2013 3:16 pm

    Oh how sorry we are for your loss but we rejoice in heaven’s gain as he went the way he wanted – preaching. Bro.
    Mowrey baptized Wayne and me in 1963, conducted our wedding ceremony in 1965 at Belmont and also our 30 year renewal ceremony in the “old” sanctuary at Park Avenue in 1995. We went to visit him and his church at Scottsboro simply because we loved him so much and the influence he had on our lives is immeasurable. We just wanted to
    tell him again how much we loved him. We will be praying for all the family in your time of grieving and loss but
    knowing no one’s spirit is happier at being with Jesus than our precious Bro. Bob. I cannot imagine a world without
    him in it…. God bless you and keep you all.

  30. Tommy Sircy
    December 16, 2013 6:06 pm

    To Peggy and the family, Cindy and I are so sorry for your loss. He was a special kind of man. The kind who would take his Saturday morning to lead a 19 year old country boy to Christ in 1972. He was the kind of man who would make sure that same boy followed through with baptism and that he not read any of the rest of the bible until he had read The Book of John.

    I was his visitation partner several times down through the years and witnessed first hand how the love of Jesus flowed through him like a river. I count it one of the greatest blessings of life to have known him.

  31. Bobby Yeargin
    December 16, 2013 6:36 pm

    To Peggy and the family,
    I became a Christian while Brother Bob was at Park Avenue. He helped me grow in the Lord during my teen years. I had the prvilege to join him at visitation and other outreach projects. I remember times when he would quote Scripture (sometimes chapters and even whole books), encouraging us to also memorize Scripture. He introduced me to the Journeyman Program through the International Mission Board where I served in Brazil for 2 years. I am certain that he would encourage each of us to grow old in the Lord and to be faithful. I plan to see him again, in a place where we will be young forever, a place where Jesus will live.

  32. Joanne Durham
    December 16, 2013 10:43 pm

    To Peggy and Family
    You and Bob were special to Hoyt and me through the years. I have such fond memories of all of you. May God’s grace and tender care bless you now. I plan to be in touch.

  33. Eddie Caldwell
    December 17, 2013 8:53 am

    Rob and Nancy,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It’s obvious in reading about your dad that he had an incredible infulence on many people. What a great testimony that he was still preaching and serving all the way to the finish line. God’s grace and peace to all of you. Eddie

  34. Gary Sisco
    December 17, 2013 10:58 am

    To Peggy, the “boys”, and the family, Brother Bob lived an exemplary Christian example to me. Mary Sue and I send our love to you all. He was very instrumental in our “boys” accepting Christ, and both were baptized the same night at Park Avenue. The lives of our family is richer due to him and your family and thank God and you for the time we spent together at Park Avenue. Peggy, I was very happy to see you and him at lunch earlier this year. Bless you all. Gary

  35. Sandra Edwards
    December 17, 2013 11:37 pm

    Earth has lost a great Christian man, Heaven has received one of God’s greatest workers. I’ve passed Bro. Bob entering all kinds of Medical facilities always on his way to visit the sick and pray with them, as he always prayed with and for all of us during his time here . It was an honor to have meet him. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  36. Ron Hall
    December 20, 2013 2:52 pm

    Bro. Bob Mowrey will be missed greatly in the West Nashville area, he helped many families in their times of need. He was very visible in the neighborhood and at other functions. He preached the word of God in the true sense and lived it as well. We will all miss Bro. Bob, but he has earned his place next to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was great that our lives had crossed paths with each other, rest in peace Bro. Bob, the Hall Family.

  37. Diane Bain
    December 24, 2013 8:52 am

    Mrs. Mowrey and family,

    I thank God for him. He was someone who would also be there for us. He will truly be missed. Praying for the family. Bro. Bob is now Sheltered in the Arms of God.

    Jerry and Diane Bain

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