On Monday, God’s hand touched the Cutshaw household and called his angel, Robert S. Cutshaw, home to greet his Savior.
Robert “Bob” was born July 3, 1931, at Caney Branch in Greene County to Everette and Lilly Mae Lutrell Cutshaw.
Bob’s faith, evident every day of his life, is especially expressed through his devotion to Salem Presbyterian Church at Washington College.
Bob’s education began at Washington College Academy where he met the love of his life, Edna Maude Ruble. They were married in 1958 and recently celebrated their 61st anniversary.
His working career started as a young child delivering bread for the Galbreath and Swans bakeries and delivering milk for Pet Dairies.
After High School, he went into the U.S. Navy in 1951, where he served at Norfolk, Virginia, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, and Charleston, South Carolina.
Upon his return from the service, he drove a semi for Smith Grain Company in Limestone. He then entered federal service as an agent for the Tennessee Alcohol Tax Unit from 1959-62 stationed in Greeneville. He was then transferred to the U.S. Treasury Department in Greenville, South Carolina, and Cornelia, Georgia, from 1962-76. He retired as a special investigator in Charge of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Treasury Department in 1976.
In retirement, he became a “Gentleman Farmer.” Later he and his wife bought Midtown Market in downtown Limestone and he managed this market from 1984-99.
As a member of Salem Presbyterian Church, he served as a deacon, an elder, a trustee, and presently a member of the administrative board.
He was committed to his community serving on the following boards: Washington College Academy, John M. Reed Home for Aging, Chairman of Monitoring and Enforcement Board Ambulance Service of Washington County, and Rural Health Service Consortium, Inc., where he was chairman of the board.
Bob served on the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department where he was a Treasurer from 1977-88 and was Fire Chief from 1988-98. He volunteered at the department until his move to Greeneville in 2006.
He was also an active member of the Limestone Ruritan Club from 1959-62 and from 1976-present. He served as vice president, president (two terms), director, district treasurer, district lieutenant governor, district governor and president of the County Council. He was also awarded the Ruritan of the Year in 1977.
Bob also was a six term President of the Washington College Academy Alumni Association.
At various times in his life, he was Washington County Fire Chief Association treasurer and won the Fire Fighters Association Award in 1997, Washington County Republican Party County chairman (six years) as well as being on the executive committee. He was a member of Greeneville Masonic Lodge No. 3, F&AM, where he was a 50-year Mason, and a member of the Shriners.
Bob’s outgoing and positive personality contributed to his success at each and every endeavor. He especially enjoyed his time spent at the courthouse and other local offices and business where he “made his rounds.”
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a son, David Alan Cutshaw.
His memory will be treasured by his wife: Maude; his daughter: Dana and her husband, David Peake; a granddaughter: Phebe Peake and her fiancé, Brad Starkey; a grandson: Dawson Peake; nieces and nephews: Bobbie Christiansen, Chuck Huffman and his wife, Lavinia, and Nancy Bowman; and many extended family members.
The family will receive friends at Jeffers Funeral and Crematory Service at Afton Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Salem Presbyterian Church in Limestone with the Rev. Angus Shaw officiating.
The interment will follow in Salem Cemetery at Washington College.
Pallbearers will be Russell Greene, Stephen Cutshall, Jeff Williams, Terry Jaynes, Tim McAmis, Rusty Bradley, Jonathan Hartman and Steven Lewis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Limestone Fire Department, Salem Cemetery, Washington College Academy Alumni Association or Salem Presbyterian Church.
Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at www.jeffersmortuary.com.