American Veteran 01

Bobby Lee Terry Jr.

June 11, 1965 ~ October 26, 2021 (age 56)


How does one write an obituary? How do you sum up a person’s life in a few words? When we had questions like these, we’d ask our Dad for advice. But sadly, that’s no longer possible. For this obituary belongs to him.


How do we tell people how funny our Dad was? He loved to joke. How do we explain how loving and caring he was? He was a man that truly loved his family more than himself, and words can’t describe the immeasurable love he had for our mom (soon to be 38 years together). How do we convey how brave, strong, and wise our Dad was? He adapted and overcame any situation with a smile on his face.


Our Dad was a fighter throughout his life, but his resolve and courage at the end of his physical existence were most remarkable. Creutzfeldt-Jacob’s Disease (CJD), an incurable prion disease that destroys the brain, came for our Dad. A rare “one in a million” disease for a rare “one of a kind guy”. The disease causes personality changes, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and rapid dementia usually within a few weeks to months. Many people lapse into a coma, but not our Dad. As the disease progressed, it took his voice and left him unable to leave his bed. What did he do? He fought on through the pain, the tears, and still gestured and communicated that he loved us, to the very end.


He was a leader and motivator; a hipster and nerd; a fighter and lover; a son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, pawpaw, and friend.


Dad joined the Army in 1988. As an Infantryman he served in various roles, but his most cherished memories were his time spent as a Drill Sergeant and as a member of The Army’s Old Guard (3rd Infantry Regiment). The Old Guard inducted him as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment in 2019 for his service to the Regiment. 


Oh, our Dad was hip. He rocked trendy beanies and Peaky Blinder’s style caps. He sported sleeve tattoos of Popeye with kale, Jack (Dad) & Sally (Mom) embracing, and One Piece Jolly Rogers to name a few. Rock bands and TV shows adorned his T-shirts and his skinny jeans! Let’s not forget those! He was also a big nerd. He gamed with his family into the wee hours of the morning, coffee in hand. Battlefield and Fortnite were his jam! He’d watch anime with those he loved (One Piece was his favorite), and cry as he did it (although he’d claim it was his allergies, he knew he wasn’t fooling anyone). 


To quote one of Dad's favorite shows (One Piece), “When do you think a person dies? When a bullet from a pistol pierces his heart!? No. When he’s attacked by an incurable disease!? No. When he eats a soup made of deadly poisonous mushrooms!? No. A man dies, when people forget him.”


So then, Bobby Lee Terry Jr. aka “Bob of War”. A son, brother, and friend, who as a boy played on the sands of Ocean View and in a blink of an eye, became a husband, father, uncle, and a Pawpaw (six grandsons). A man loved and respected by all. That kind of man is never forgotten. That kind of man is truly immortal. 


We love you and we’ll see you soon.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CJD Foundation. Please do so in honor of the man of the hour, Bobby Terry.  June 11, 1965 - Oct 26, 2021

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