HIGH POINT- Bob H. Safrit, age 85, a resident of High Point since moving here in 1948 to begin a sixty-four career with Sechrest Funeral Service, died peacefully November 13, 2012 at his home.
Bob H. Safrit was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina on October 22, 1927 to the late William Alexander Safrit and Lela Powlas Safrit. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, he graduated from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Law and Science. During his career at Sechrest he proudly served as President for a number of years. One of the most recognized people in his community. Bob was known for his personal approach when assisting families during their time of need. He was the President of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association from 1984-1985. Bob was a member of The First Presbyterian Church and for many years he served as Deacon, Elder, and chairman of various church committees. He actively participated in The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group which became a very important part of his life. Bob was a member of the Advisory Board of the Presbyterian Home, the Guilford County Register of Deeds Professional Advisory Board, High Point Country Club and the High Point Lions Club where he held the position of Director. As a Mason, he participated in Numa F. Reid Lodge No. 344. In addition, he was a volunteer with the United Way of Greater High Point and the American Red Cross. An avid Duke Basketball fan, Bob belonged to the Iron Dukes.
In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his twin sister Betty Sue Kronenwetter, brother-in-law, Charles Haverty and four half sisters and one half brother of Cabarrus County.
Bob is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Smith Safrit, one daughter Jayn Elizabeth Swaim and her husband Ed of High Point, N.C.; two sons Randall H. Safrit and his wife Deborah of High Point, N.C. and Dr. Hal D. Safrit and his wife Nancy of Chapel Hill, N.C; three grandchildren Lindsay Elizabeth Swaim of High Point, N.C., Alexander Jonathan Safrit of Madison, W.I. and Catherine Elizabeth Safrit of Chapel Hill N.C.; sister Jeanette S. Haverty of Virginia Beach, V.A.; brother-in-law Joseph Kronenwetter of Raleigh, N.C., one niece and four nephews, also several half nieces and nephews of Cabarrus County.
The family wishes to express their thanks to Bob's wonderful caregiver, Gail Joines, and to Lamont Estes who generously offered his services to Bob when needed. They also wish to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Vicki Stovall for her committed care and concern for him during these past years, along with Malissa Watkins, RN and the entire staff a the High Point Kidney Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17 at The First Presbyterian Church with the Dr. Kenneth Broman-Fulks officiating. Burial will be at Floral Garden Cemetery prior to the service at 10:00 am. Visitation with the family will be from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm on Friday November 16 at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point.
The family requests that Memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 918 North Main Street, High Point, N.C. 27262; the National Kidney Foundation Inc, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016;Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262 or to the charity of one's choice.
Please offer condolences with the family at www.sechrestfunerals.com.