Robert Ellis Brizendine
Jul. 10, 1940 – Aug. 10, 2019
Robert Ellis Brizendine, 79, of Powhatan, died at his residence on August 10, 2019. Robert was born July 10, 1940 in Craig County, Virginia to Mabel and Odell Brizendine, who preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Clorene Alls-Brizendine; their children, Deborah, James (Susan), Wesley (Richard) and Selena; and grandchildren Ryan, Jade, Hunter, Brandon, Rachel and Amber. He was also loved and adored by his three great-grandchildren Allen, Nicole and Thomas. Additional survivors include his brothers, Roger (Patsy), Terry (Karen) and Jake, all of Blacksburg, Virginia. Robert was a gifted athlete, excelling at a young age in baseball and golf. He was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was well known and will be fondly remembered for his selflessness and generosity. Robert was the kind of man who would go hungry so others would not. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with a service to follow at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. Interment will be private.
Dad was truly one of a kind. He was the most wonderful Father a girl could ask for. He made sure that none of us ever went without. He even gave all of us kids a full Christmas every year for 55 years of my life. When we would ask him what he wanted for Christmas he would tell us he didn’t need anything or tell us something that would only cost a few dollars. He made sure my children and grandchildren always had a good Christmas as well as what they needed through out the year. Dad gave us so many good memories like going to his baseball games and going to the bowling alley on Monday nights and to the racetrack on Friday nights. We always went out to eat every Friday night as a family. Not to mention the wonderful family vacations he took us on. He was such a wonderful strong person that loved his family and always made sure we knew it. Family was Dad’s most important thing in his life. He loved each and every family member and we all knew it. I will miss my Dad so much. I wonder how to go on without him. I will always miss you Dad.
Clorene, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know it’s been hard road for you and Bob but rest assure he has reached his destination and is now in heaven. I’ll come see you next week when we get back from vacation. Love.always. William
James, Debbie, Wesley and Selena,
Your dad was a very special to many people and I know he will be missed. May you find comfort in knowing that he no longer suffers and is at peace with god.
I was blessed to have this man as a part of my life for 20 years. And when I say blessed, I truly mean it. Robert carried an inner strength and resolve that was always amazing to me. I have not encountered many people throughout my life who inspired me to be a better person. Robert had that effect not only on me, but on many others as well. He gave so much to so many, and the only thing he ever wanted in return was to see people do better things with their lives and to try. It would be easy to mistake his strength and resolve as hardness. He was only hard when he had to be. Underneath it all there was an inner tenderness and seance of compassion that was born out of the love he felt for the people in his life. Right up to the very end, it wasn’t himself or his illness that he worried about. He never said a much about that. It was the people he was leaving behind that were his focus. Like I said. Strength. Resolve. Selflessness. Those are the words that will always come to my mind when I think of Robert Ellis Brizendine. Deb was right. He was one of a kind.
Dad, i love you very much. I know i did not always say it enough or show it enough. Even though we did not say it in words often enough, i know with the connection we shared, we both knew it and felt it and it was something you cannot put into words.. I know i put you and mom through the ringer during my younger years and for that i have regrets. Sometimes it just takes some of us longer to grow up. Even though at times i know you were angered and stern, i know it was for my own good. I know all you wanted from me was to be a stable and happy man (and stay out of trouble). I think in the past many years i have made you happy and proud in showing you that i could finally be more responsible and more grown up. I see a lot of your traits in me and for that i am grateful. Thank you for giving me life and showing me how to be a better man. I will always have a empty space in my heart now that you are gone, but it will make it more bearable when i think of all the good times and moments that we have shared. I will miss you so very much and i love you with all my heart and soul. I know you are in the arms of grandma Mabel and that you are at home. Even though i will miss you, i get comfort knowing you are no longer in pain and you are no longer suffering. I find peace knowing you are in gods hands/ I will see you again and i love you, your son Wesley.
So sorry for the loss of the best uncle ever love you guys and will be praying for GODS loving arms to wrap around you all and comfort you in this time❤️❤️❤️
You meant so very much to your family and I know each and everyone of them will miss you terribly. May they find comfort in each other.
I am very sad to learn of Robert’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to the family for your loss. I had the privilege to work with Robert for about 10 years, I never forgot his humor, tact,and his ability to see the good in everyone and find humor and delight in everyday.
Heaven has become a little brighter, and hopefully the greens are are greener for that perfect 18.
Our condolences to all that loved him. He will be missed but not forgotten. Remembering everyone in pray
Its come to an end for you Bob on this earth .But a beginning of your place in heaven. You are now with your heavenly Family. Its so sad watching you leave here but knowing that you are with them is comforting.
Clorene, Debbie, James,Selena and Wesley My heart goes out to you. Its never easy to loose someone, but its even harder when its your Dad.
I met you guys in Richmond in 1976.. I was a teenager and always enjoyed coming over to hang out.. Alot.. I’ll never forget you Bob. Or any of you guys that are still with each other. As said.. Never miss a moment, because it may be the last.
I love you all. If I can help you guys let me know..
Love You All.. Cindy Morris