In Tribute: Bobby McFarthing, 1950-2013

| March 15, 2013

Bobby Kenneth McFarthing was born April 3, 1950 in Bartlesville, Okla. He was the son of William Lee and Bess Bell (Paris) McFarthing. Being the youngest of four children, Bobby enjoyed the time from April 3 through April 23 of every year where he and his twin brothers, Leonard “Rap” and the Rev. Bernard, were the same age.

He departed this early life Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the place he loved the most—his 10-acre wooded estate on Hessen Cassel Road in southeastern Fort Wayne.

He accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church in Witchita, Kansas.

Bobby attended East High School in Kansas and received his high school diploma from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla.

He relocated to Fort Wayne in the late ’70s. On Aug. 14, 1982 he united in holy matrimony to Roxsandra Clemons and to this union two sons were born.

Being one of leading by example, in 1985 he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne. In December 2012, at the age of 62, Bobby received his Master degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Bobby loved spending time with his family and serving his church. During his free time, enjoyed old cars and riding his motorcycle. Although he was the youngest sibling, he became the glue that bonded and held the family together.

He was a very active member at Turner Chapel AME Church. Bobby was a trustee and member of the Sons of Allen—the church’s working men’s group—and managed to always find time to make needed repairs around the church. Additionally, he was never too busy to take time with young people in the church, working to pass on his skills to them. Recently, he had started a group teaching mechanics by teaching young boys and girls how to build model cars. Bobby also was quick to answer the call of any church member or neighbor who needed help fixing a vehicle or something around the house.

Sons of Allen President John Dortch quoted 2 Timothy 1:7 to describe Bobby McFarthing.

“One of the key attributes of Bobby was that of self discipline. He understood that self discipline is the manifestation of the highest form of self government. The true spirit of discipline and leadership cultivates a self control that regulates one’s focus and orders one’s life. Bobby had exhibited a strong self discipline. He was passionate about certain things within his church and the Sons of Allen,” said Dortch.

“Bobby was a visionary and it very clear which helped him lead a very focused life. With this vision he chose his attitude, friends, future, hobbies and his life’s plan.

“He had a commitment to the Sons of Allen at the Church, and he will forever be missed and will remain a permanent member of the group,” said Dortch.

He was previously employed as a quality engineer at various manufacturing companies in Fort Wayne, including General Motors, General Electric and Magnavox, as well as DePuy in Warsaw, Ind.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rita H. Smith.

He leaves behind his wife, Roxsandra Clemons-McFarthing of Fort Wayne; children LaToiya (Antonio) Mays of Knoxville, Tenn.; Paris (Tia) McFarthing and Otaimond McFarthing both of Fort Wayne; brothers, Leonard “Rap” McFarthing and the Rev. Bernard (Cheryl) McFarthing both of Witchita, Kansas; two grandchildren, Jordan Snipes and Kyndal Mays, both of Knoxville; mother-in-law, Doris Pullings of Kokomo, Ind., and a host of other relatives and friends.

His earthly resting place will be at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, where he will face the woods that dear room through, just like his Hessen Cassel Estate.

Going home services for Bobby were March 9 at Turner Chapel AME Church with Pastor Kenneth C. Christmon officiating and the Sons of Allen opening and closing the services. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.

Category: Obituaries, Spiritual Matters

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