Obituary: Robert Pait

Robert Allison Pait passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2014 in Greensboro, N.C. He was surrounded by the love of his family and friends who gathered to see him quietly into the life beyond. He was 90 years old.

Robert Pait

Robert Pait

Mr. Pait was born in his family home in Hamlet on June 6, 1924 to Mr. And Mrs. W. D. Pait Sr. He graduated from Hamlet High School and later — after service in the Army Air Force during World War II — from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After a brief stint working in public accounting for Price Waterhouse & Company, Mr. Pait was recalled due to the Korean conflict. At that point he chose to make the military his career and served over 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. On one assignment in Texas, he met the young woman who would become his wife. He and Miss Jo Ann Gailey were married on April 4, 1953. In 1958 their only daughter, Laurie Allison, was born.

Mr. Pait retired at Seymour Johnson AFB as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1975. In 1981 he and his wife moved back to Hamlet and remodeled his family home. He loved gardening with his brother, eating his sister’s cooking, traveling with his wife and friends, and refinishing antiques. He and Jo Ann lived in Hamlet until 2006 when they moved to Greensboro to be closer to their daughter and her family. He lost his dear wife in 2009 and then later lived with his daughter until his passing.

He was predeceased by his wife (Jo Ann), his parents (Mr. And Mrs. W. D. Pait Sr.), two brothers (W. D. Pait Jr. and Richard C. Pait) and one sister (Lucille Pait Van Ryn).

He is survived by his daughter (Laurie Allison Pait Graham), her husband (Mark Graham) and two granddaughters (Bremely and Andrea), as well as a nieces and nephews of several generations.

flagBob was a man of many talents with a rich history to share. Many of us were privileged to have him as a part of our lives. Tom Brokaw has called his generation the “greatest generation”. Those of us who knew him, and many others like him, would agree. To his daughter he was an absolute, a constant and sustaining presence. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.

A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Mary Love Cemetery in Hamlet, for those who would like to attend. Family will receive friends after the service at the Pait home – 308 James Ave., Hamlet.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that you consider a contribution in Bob’s memory to your local Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

Harrington Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Pait family.

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The Pee Dee Post
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

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