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Robert Edward Wolff, 1932 – 2004

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Robert E. "Bob" Wolff was born May 9, 1932, in Atlanta, Ga., and was the youngest of 11 children. Bob passed away unexpectedly Oct. 28, 2004, in Villa Rica, Ga., where he recently had moved.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Doris Estep Wolff of Villa Rica; two sisters, Virginia Tunison and Beverly Dwiggins.

Bob served in the United States Navy and received degrees from Georgia Tech and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. While at Emory he worked as Associate Chaplain at Emory Hospital and was the founding pastor of Embrey Hills United Methodist Church near Atlanta.

After graduating from Emory, he did not serve an appointment for several years while pursuing other business experiences.

Bob had wide experience in the ministry and the business world. He worked for The Dept. of the Army, Corps of Engineers and the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. He served as pastor of St. Matthias, Fredericksburg; then as Program Coordinator, Alexandria District. He then went on to serve Zion-Grace, Norfolk; Pleasant Valley, Chantilly; and Evangelical in Elkton.

Upon Bob’s retirement in 1994, he and Doris returned to Hartwood (Fredericksburg) Va., to live in their log cabin they built on 32 acres in the middle of the woods, to fish in their pond, to garden, play golf, read and travel. He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, and, of course, Georgia Tech. During his retirement, Bob served Grace UMC (Hartwood) following the death of John Esaias.

In 2004, Bob and Doris finally returned to their native Georgia to be near family.

I remember Bob’s energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor were such an inspiration to all who were fortunate to have him as their pastor and friend. I feel blessed that he was part of mine. Bob never met a stranger.

Bob’s favorite Scripture was 1 Cor. 13:4, 7-8 and his favorite poem was "The House By the Side of the Road" by Sam Walter Foss.

— Doris Wolff



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