Robert L. Savage Jr.

Published 4:38 pm Friday, July 12, 2019

GATES, NC – Robert Lee “Bobby” Savage, Jr., 77, passed away July 10, 2019 in his home.

A native of Gates, NC, he was the son of the late Robert Lee Savage, Sr. and Sally Mary Draper Savage and is also predeceased by a sister Jeanne Carter Elder.

Bobby was an Army Veteran during the Vietnam era and retired from the Sheet Finishing Department at Union Camp Corporation/International Paper. He was a member of the Gatesville AF & AM Masonic Lodge #126, Gates County VFW, and REA Community Board. He followed his father’s footsteps in growing watermelons and other produce and was known as “Watermelon Man” in Gates County.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jean Byrd Savage; a daughter, Robin R. Savage and special friend Joseph Unser; a son, Robert Brian Savage and wife Sandy Derby Savage; a sister, Betty Byrum Umphlett; two grandchildren, Brandon and Michael Savage; two fur babies, Sassy and Doodlebug; and two grand dogs, Tonka and Harley.

The family will receive friends from 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Wright Funeral Home followed by a Memorial Service.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to The Huntington’s Disease Foundation at