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Memorium : ROBERT L. (BOB) SERGENT (1930 - 2002)
Posted by Jack Nida on 2006/9/9 7:50:00 (2157 reads)

  Bob Sergent was born 30 October 1930, the son of Henry Carl and Ruby Mildred (Dye) Sergent. He grew up on Johnson Creek near Walton and was an active 4-H Club member in his youth. He graduated from WVU in 1953 with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture and was a member of Alpha Gamm Rho fraternity. Bob was employed as a 4-H Club Agent and was a supervisor with the Farmers Home Administration. He retired from that organization after 25 years and returned to the family farm in 1978. Bob was an active Democrat and served one term in the WV House of Delegates in 1983-84, was named Roane County Citizen of the Year in 1990 by the Roane Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in obtaining funds for the Walton Public Library and improvements to the Roane County 4-H Camp. He was a member of the Walton Union Church where he served as Sunday School superintendent, Sunday School teacher and United Methodist lay speaker. He was also a member of the Spencer Rotary Club where he was a Paul Haris Fellow and active with the West Virginia 4-H program, where he was a Pin-wearer, an All-Star, and served on the county 4-H foundation.

Bob married Georgia Pauline Reed of Glenville in 1953 and raised one son, Mark Gerald, who is presently the Prosecuting Attorney for Roane County. He and Mark renewed the family tradition of operating grist mills and exhibited at many local festivities. Bob was Chairman of the Roane County Family History Book Committee and was a driving force in bringing this book to fruition in 1989. It is considered to be one of the finest volumes that has been written about Roane County, its history and its people. He was an avid historian, genealogist, poet and writer and possessed a large library of books that had been collected from throughout the country.

I had the pleasure of knowing Bob for only a few years but we had an immediate friendship that I will always cherish. We corresponded daily through our e-mail messages and spent several hours during each personal visit discussing things of common interest including a hearty debate of our political views. I am happy to call Bob my friend and I will miss his poems, his stories, his photos and the daily news report from the Mayor of Johnson Creek, Self Proclaimed.

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