Robert Marion Gant Jr. ’61

Rev. Robert Marion Gant, Jr., 83, of Huntersville died January 20, 2023. He was born on February 19, 1939 at Fort Bragg, NC. to the late Robert and Elizabeth Gant.

Born into a military family Bob, grew up in continual movement. By the age of 25, he had lived in 25 different cities, from Santa Maria CA, to Sendai, Japan.

He began high school in Japan, then eventually graduated from Western Military School in Illinois. He is a graduate of Davidson College and received his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.

From 1964-1993 he served as minister at the Fulton Presbyterian in Greer SC, Cane Creek Presbyterian in Union SC, Holy Cross Presbyterian Church & Fraser Memorial Presbyterian both in Sumter SC. Bob was very active in Sumter, SC where he was instrumental in the organization of Christian Charities, President of the Sumter Ministers Association, and served as a board member on the Sumter Council on Aging.

After his time in SC, Bob served as minister at Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC from 1993-2003. In his retirement he returned to Cane Creek as part time minister.

Bob’s hobbies include being ham radio operator, serving as a Chaplin at Tuomey Hospital in Sumter SC, and was active in the Stephen’s Ministry and the Lions Club. In retirement he also enjoyed spending time at the YMCA working out and meeting friends for Bible study.

Survivors include his wife Carol; daughter, Robin Coble and husband John of Huntersville , sons, Stephen and wife Gina of Jacksonville, FL and David Gant and wife Kim of Perkasie, PA; grandchildren, Jack, Ashton, Gabrielle, Kaitlyn, Joey, Jesse, and Kami; and great-grandchild, Lady.

Memorials may be made to St Mark Catholic Church Respite Ministry, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 or the Huntersville A.R.P. Discipleship ministry, P.O. Box 316 Huntersville, NC 28070.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Monday, January 23 at James Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, January 24 at Huntersville A.R.P. Church. The graveside will follow at 2 PM at Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.