Robert "Bob" Thaxton

Charleston, WV

Robert "Bob" Thaxton

Robert Eugene “Bob” Thaxton, 83, of Charleston went to be with the Lord on November 3, 2019 at Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston.

He was born in South Charleston on August 22, 1936 to the late Alvie “Dodd” and Thelma Thaxton.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Thaxton and his sister, Dena Huffman.

Having been a lifelong resident of the Kanawha Valley, Bob was a South Charleston High School graduate and a member of Bible Center Church.

At a young age Bob had a passion for golf and was a caddie at Kanawha Country Club during his teenage years.  He would go on to enjoy the game for decades participating in numerous tournaments and spending time with friends at Berry Hills Country Club.  He also loved hunting and fly fishing the trout streams of West Virginia.

Bob’s lifelong love and passion was working at W.Q. Waters Painting and Sandblasting Co.  He began working at W.Q. in 1952 at the age of 15.  Through the years of hard work and determination Bob worked his way up the ladder to become the sole owner of the company in 1991. The quality of work provided was always his first priority. Caring for and providing jobs for his workers meant the world to him.  None of this would have been possible without the decades long trust and friendship of Kenny Bowen, Renee Haynes and Richard Withrow.

Bob was defined by his work ethic (having never retired), his love of family, and his love for the state of West Virginia, especially the capitol city of Charleston. So many of the buildings and bridges in the city and state have been painted by Bob’s company and he was very proud of the workmanship to make his home state more beautiful.

Bob is survived by his son, Robert Thaxton of South Charleston; daughters, Kathy Smith of Charleston and Angela (Tim) Weaver of South Charleston; sister, Anita Griffith of Louisiana; and Bob beamed with pride talking about his grandchildren, Allison, Chad, Josh, Alex, and Andi. He was a beloved papa that shared his generosity, wisdom, class and dignity that lives on through them.

A Service to Honor the Life of Bob Thaxton will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Pastor Matt Friend and Pastor Richard Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Family and Friends may visit two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV  25387-2536.

Memories of Bob may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

9 replies
  1. JD says:

    Godspeed my friend. I will miss our conversations and your smile on the BHCC range. God bless your children and grandchildren.

  2. mary l smith says:

    Rob, Cathy and Angie, we were so sad to hear that Bob had passed away. I am sure Dorothy was waiting to greet him on the other side. She probably said what took you so long. He was always very kind and generous to me. Our deepest sympathy to you and the grand children. love Mary Lou and Art

  3. Patricia G Wilkerson says:

    Bob was a mentor to me when I started working at W.Q. Watters. I will never forget the laughs and the good times that we shared over the years. Even though I moved from the State I never forgot Bob and he will be missed by all who knew him.

  4. Jeff Cable says:

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Bob the last couple of years at Berry Hills. Bob would be on the far side of the range and I would go out and join him to hit balls. He loved the game and at his age just to be out hitting some balls brought him so much joy. Great man. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.

  5. Carol Fields says:

    I am so sorry to see the loss of your family member. Bob always had a smile on his face. Prayers for those he has left behind. Carol Harless Fields

  6. patty deluca says:

    Dear Kathy and Angie and your entire family ,,, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time … Your dad was such a wonderful person and we loved his beautiful SMILE!!!! He will be sorely missed . What a great golfer , business man and family man . Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time

    Dr and Mrs John A DeLuca and family

  7. DAVID and CHRIS ZINN says:

    Bob was a great neighbor of ours for over 25 years. David enjoyed many evening chats on his driveway over the years. He was a kind and considerate man. He will be missed.


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  • Thursday, November 7
  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Funeral Service

  • Thursday, November 7
  • 1:00 PM