DR ROBERT “BOB” EUGENE GADDIS

PICKENS, SC
January 12, 1950 – July 30, 2022

dr Robert “Bob” Eugene Gaddis, 72, loving husband of Linda Funderburg Gaddis of Pickens, SC, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at his home.
dr Gaddis was born on January 12, 1950 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Edgar Sibley and Edith Joy Stothart Gaddis and was affectionately nicknamed “Bob” after his grandfather. He grew up in Coushatta surrounded by his beloved siblings, cousins ​​and extended family. Blessed with an infectious grin and outgoing personality, he enjoyed music, the outdoors, scouting and athletics growing up. Bob discovered that he was truly gifted at being a student. After that, Dr. Gaddis, an avid academic and lifelong learner, never far from a college campus.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in General Studies and later a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from NSU. Although he worked as a licensed CPA and even became the University Comptroller for several years, he found his true passion in teaching and mentoring college students.
He received his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and taught for 22 years at North Greenville University in South Carolina.
He loved building his university community and valued his colleagues and students. His academic focus was on teaching students to put into practice all aspects of Positive Psychology in their lives and work. He firmly believed in psychology as a tool to know yourself, improve your relationships, and more broadly, uplift the world. He was widely known for his sharp wit and sense of humor in the classroom, and he believed strongly in entertainment and education.
During his tenure at North Greenville, Gaddis was instrumental in helping North Greenville College become North Greenville University by helping with the accreditation process. He received the Faculty Meritorious Award in 2020, but he personally counted his achievements at the relationship level. He was always amazed and proud of his students and their achievements, and he followed them with joy long after graduation. His entire approach to teaching and scholarship was very personal and shaped by his faith.
dr Gaddis became a Christian as a young man and it changed the course of his life. His strong faith influenced his everyday life as well as his work. Every early morning he could be found on the porch with his cup of coffee, his Bible and his journal. These morning meditations were often interrupted by his family, who would slip into the seats next to him for one-on-one conversations, sage advice, and happy laughter. Gaddis regularly attended a home group that focused on personal relationships, sharing testimonies, and worship. He and Linda credit their many lifelong friendships to beginnings in the churches they attended.
In his free time, Gaddis was an accomplished guitarist and his family will miss hearing him play. He was often seen singing, composing music and poetry, woodworking, camping, hiking and kayaking. He loved to read and always had a reading list ready. If you had a problem or a project, Bob was there with a good ear, good advice, and a good book recommendation.
In later years, he would happily travel around the US with Linda visiting family and friends, and they even went on adventures in Canada, Europe and the West.
In addition to his 51-year-old loving wife and parents, Bob is survived by his children Amanda Christine Gaddis Watkins of Austin, Texas and Abigail Laurel Gaddis (Michael) of Seattle, Washington; three grandchildren, Michael Garrett Watkins (Jackie), Marcus Watkins and Caroline Joy Watkins; and one great-grandson, Camryn Luna Watkins; Siblings, Ellen Gaddis Howell, Blanche Hirsch (Matthew) and Dr. Thomas “Tom” Gaddis (Jill); aunt, Emily Worsham (Archie); aunt-in-law Carolyn Stothart; Schwager, Buddy Funderburg Jr. (Donna); sister-in-law, Jill Rutherford (Buddy); sister-in-law, Judy Fox (Frank); and will forever be loved and cherished by all his cousins, nephews and nieces and associated relatives.
His in-laws precede him in death; Uncle Will Stothart; and Aunt Alexa Boyette.
His family from North Greenville University will host a memorial service Tuesday, August 23 at 11 a.m. at the Turner Chapel on North Greenville University campus, followed by a luncheon together at the Hayes Ministry Center. All are welcome. Additional memorial services are planned in Greenville and in Louisiana. These services will be announced once details are confirmed.
In lieu of flowers, the family is soliciting memorial donations through their websites to two of Bob’s favorite charities: Samaritan’s Purse – https://www.samaritanspurse.org or The Orphan’s Hands – https://www.theorphanshands.org
Online condolences can be expressed at www.dillardfunerals.com. Dillard Funeral Home is helping the family with the preparations.

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