Nominated by Anne Beckelman with the Greater Kingsport Boys and Girls Club, Bob has volunteered his time and service to the club since 1993. Anne called Bob the consummate volunteer, giving of his time and talents without hesitation and always with a smile on his face.
After retiring from Eastman Chemical Company, Bob began the craft of woodturning. He graciously donated his wooden bowls and platters to many Kingsport area non-profits as auction items. At the Boys and Girls Club, “Mr. Bob” — as the club youth called him — was instrumental in the development of a Teen Center, three satellite public housing units and the construction of the new Boys and Girls facility in 2008. He created a woodturning shop, teaching club members the art of woodturning. Hundreds of miniature baseball bats were created during his time working as a mentor to the youth.
Kiwanis President Mark Addington, in presenting Bob with the award on Friday, Sept. 20, said, “Bob truly demonstrates the Kingsport Spirit. The award carries this inscription: ‘A special person who goes about making Kingsport the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
Previous Spirit of Kingsport honorees include Liza Harmon, 2016 (Meals on Wheels); Bonnie Booher, 2017 (Girls, Inc.); and Mary Steadman, 2018 (Friends of Warriors Path).