Robert (Bob) Rose Rhinehart passed away on May 19th , 2019 in his home surrounded by his wife and five children. He was 78.
Bob was a man of deep and remarkable Christian faith. He began each day at 5:30am by reading his well-worn Bible and praying to God for wisdom and guidance. He lived his life according to one of his favorite verses: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
He was born in Florida in 1941, but spent much of his early life in Leakesville, Mississippi. In 1959, he attended Georgia Tech where he studied Electrical Engineering. While at Tech, he joined Sigma Nu fraternity, and he remained close friends with his brothers from Sigma Nu for the rest of his life. Every fall, he enjoyed attending Yellow Jackets football games with his fraternity brothers. He was a proud Tech graduate and an active alumnus and generous donor to his alma mater.
Bob married his beloved, Grace Van Court, in 1976. He was her partner, best friend, and constant supporter for 43 years. He loved her, as Christ loved the church. They prayed together daily. He was her rock, and she was his “Chief Advisor.” Together, they raised five children.
He was a devoted father to Laura, Nancy, Catherine, Megan, and Robert, and a tender grandfather to Jon and Will. He loved and cared for his children and grandchildren unconditionally, and he prayed for them each day. His children’s lives, and their work, are a living testament to his endless love, gentle guidance, and unwavering support.
He was a successful broker at Merrill Lynch for over 30 years. During his time there, he was a Member of Charles E. Merrill Circle, the Chairman’s Club, and The Million Dollar Club. He cared deeply for his clients and his co-workers. His peace and patience in the midst of financial uncertainty drew others to him, and he was a mentor to many young brokers. After leaving Merrill Lynch, he had a successful second career as President and CEO of CIS Biotech Inc. and GRACE Laboratories. He worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness for an innovative blood test that diagnoses concussion, and another test that identifies risk of stroke. With his leadership, this life saving test was licensed for use in the United States and Russia.
Bob’s faith journey began in 1974 when he came to a personal faith in Christ. His love of the Lord was contagious, and he constantly sought ways to share his faith with others. He was an early and significant contributor to the film, Jesus, and his donations helped take the film around the world and led many to dedicate their life to Christ. In Atlanta, his enthusiasm for the Lord led to a leadership role with Campus Crusade for Christ, where he headed up an outreach group for singles. He was also a table host at the annual Atlanta High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Worship was a principal part of his faith, and he attended and volunteered at First Baptist Church Atlanta and Mount Paran Church. Throughout his life, he attended numerous, weekly Bible studies. All who knew him knew that he was a Godly man who embodied a Christ-centered life and “walked his talk.”
Bob was resident of Vinings since 1979 and involved in community service. He was a member of the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club since 2003, and he was actively involved in many of the programs they implemented locally. The motto of the Rotary is “Service Above Self”, and this is a principle that Bob lived by daily.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret, and his father, Wicliff Grady.
He was buried at Sweetwater Cemetery in Leakesville, Mississippi on May 25th. A memorial service will be held on May 28th at 2:00 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Atlanta.
In lieu of flowers, please send donation to Kenneth Hagin Ministries.