Robert J. Ribe

Born in Charlotte, NC on February 16, 1953

Departed on April 9, 2019 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Robert J. Ribe, age 66, of Nashville, TN passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. He was born in Charlotte, NC on February 16, 1953 to the late Ross Ribe and Ruth Ribe.
Along with his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his sister, Rosalind Lowe.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Linda Ribe. Robert is also survived by his two daughters, Christine Davenport and Melissa Smith(Lacy); grandsons, Will Davenport, Brandon Smith, Donovan Smith, and Pierson Smith.
Robert honorably served his country for over 20 years in the United States Air Force. He was an extraordinarily compassionate person, always giving to others. Not only did Robert love spending time with his wife and watching his grandchildren grow, but he had a passion for antique cars, motorcycles, and golf as well. Christmas mornings spent with Robert, are some of his families most precious memories.
A Life Celebration will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 12:00pm at West Harpeth Funeral Home in Nashville. Visitation for friends and family will be held an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Middle Tennessee State Veterans with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in Robert’s memory, to Alive Hospice(1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203).

17 Comments to Robert J. Ribe

  1. Martina HAILEY says:


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing.


  2. LeAnne Young says:

    So sorry for your loss Melissa. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

  3. Janice your neighbor says:

    Linda I’m so sorry for the sadness you and your family are experiencing. Bob’s big smile made me smile. I will remember the laughter between the two of you when ever I saw you together.

  4. David Dellinger a wife Traci Dellinger says:

    Bob you will be missed You were one of the best man I ever knew. You were a good husband to my sister Linda and a great father to my two beautiful niece’s Melissa and Christine. And great grandfather to my Nephew’s. You will be missed. Our father In heaven has gained a special Angel.

  5. Darnell Williams says:

    My sincere condolences to your family. God promises that soon we will see our love ones again John 5:28,29. Until then, God will provide you with comfort and strength during this difficult time Isaiah 41:10.

  6. Belinda Fortman says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Bob while he was with the Tennessee captive insurance division. I always enjoyed our conversations, his humor and good old common sense. So sorry for your loss; my hopes and prayers are will you.

  7. Daniel Easterly, neighbor says:

    Bob was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. I am so thankful he was my neighbor and friend. Adrian and I will miss him so much.

  8. Mandy Johnson says:

    Bob was a wonderful person. I didn’t get to know him like some of you but I am so thankful that I was able to cross paths with him. I love hearing the stories that everyone has of here in the office. Bob will truly be missed in the office.
    RIP Bob…. I continue to pray for Bob’s wife and family and friends.

  9. Shelly Jones says:

    To Mrs. Linda, Melissa, Christine and the rest of the family. I was heart broken when the call came about my dear friend Bob. Bob and I worked together for many years and he always made me laugh. A very good man have gotten his wings, so now we have ours an angel watching over us until we meet again. Bob light will always shine. For the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (Job 1:21 )

  10. Helen Dorsey & Family says:

    Linda and Family – My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May God give you “beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness”. Isaiah 61:3

  11. Ashley Story says:

    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I only worked with Bob a handful of times, but I never saw him without a smile or hug – and sometimes a quick-witted remark about something. Bob is a person that will be greatly missed by many.

  12. Billy Davenport says:

    Bob was a great man, who always treated me like a son. My thoughts and prayers are Linda, Christine, Melissa & the grandkids. Rest in peace!

  13. Mindy Walker says:

    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

    Mrs. Linda and Family, You all are in my prayers. May God help you as you grieve and give you the love and peace that only he can. I only knew and worked with Bob for a very short time, but I know that he was a good man. He is missed terribly here at TDCI.

  14. Zenobia says:

    I am very sorry for the loss of your dear Robert. May the memories you shared with him bring you comfort during this difficult time. Consideration of God’s word has helped comfort many people worldwide. One example is at John 5:28,29 where it highlights the promise we have to see our loved ones again.

  15. Barbara and Wayne McWhorter says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Linda and your family. I always loved hearing Bob laugh. He always had a smile when you talked to him. We worked together for many years and enjoyed riding or talking about riding our motorcycles. We had our adventures with you and Bob and now he is having the adventure of a lifetime. He received his angle wings and will be watching over you and the girls. May God bring you peace.

  16. Juli-Kay Baumann says:

    I worked with Bob for years and will always remember his smile, his laugh, his love of life, and his inherent kindness. My heartfelt sympathies are with your family. May God grant you peace and comfort.

  17. Anthony Anderson says:

    I was hired the same time as Bob was so I knew him very well the time I spent working for the state. A part of me will never be the same reading about his passing.
    Rest In Peace Bob. I will never forget you.

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