Robert Y. King, Sr.

Robert Y. King, Sr.

Bacliff – Ole Bob King left this life for glory on August 11, 2021 after a long hard-fought battle with kidney disease.

He was born in Drumright Oklahoma on September 10, 1936 to Elliott & Ruby King who preceded him in death.

Bobby is survived by his wife Janice Sue (Bailey) King.  They married in September 1956.  Also survived by his children; Kellie King (Santa Fe, TX), Robert & Lynda King (Bacliff, TX), Jason & Dawn King (Dickinson, TX).  His 10 grandchildren; Amy & Dustin Elliott (Jerseyville, IL), Joel Perkins (Denton, TX), Jana & Magnum McDonald (Bacliff, TX), Austin & Kelsey King (Weatherford, TX), Megan & Joe Mai (St. Augustine, FL), Emily King (Manchester, TN), and 11 great grandchildren CJ Warren, Rachel Warren, Levi Elliott, Charlotte Elliott, Aubri Daniels, Cooper Daniels, Kelsi McDonald, Hunter McDonald, Elli McDonald, Aiden Mai, and Madeline Mai.

He and Sue met on the Dickinson High School football field after a Dickinson vs. Clear Creek game one evening.  Sue (from Clear Creek) had heard about how good-looking he was and decided she needed to find out for herself if it was true.  After the game she walked out on the field to introduce herself, the rest is our family history.

Ole Bob started working when he was 14 years old on the pipeline that crosses the United States.  His parents traveled across the country following the pipeline to work and ended up in Bacliff Texas.  He and his parents were faithful members of the Friends Church in Bacliff.  Bob often described himself as a “good little Quaker boy, didn’t drink, chew, spit or go with girls that do.”

Bob worked out of the Pipefitters Hall in Houston, as an Instrument Technician Inspector working at refineries and nuclear power houses across the United States.

Ole Bob was also a football referee for the Gulf Coast Association for several years.  When he retired, he was refereeing semi-pro ballgames.  He was a bass player and singer for the Messengers of Love, a gospel-singing group, who traveled across the county sharing the love of Jesus.

Bob fell in love with Jesus as a young man and faithfully served the Lord all his life.  He studied his Bible daily and in his later years he averaged 6 hours a day studying God’s Word.  He served in church as a deacon and taught many Bible study classes both at home and while traveling in other states for work.  He took every opportunity to tell others about Jesus, even during his last days in the hospital he was talking to the nurses about Jesus.  He touched many people’s lives and often said the Lord needs more pipefitters than preachers.

Ole Bob was considered the dearest of friends to many people.  He was one of four that were life long friends over 80 years, Winston Holt, Albert Pittman, & his “brother” Johnny High.  Bob worked many years after his retirement and will also be missed by his work family; Bill & Debbie Lowe, Mike Brabham, Ken Carlton, Jack Cotterell, Benny Gambini, Marty Jardon, Mike Landry, Lynn Mullenax, AJ Lorie, Ted Pistole, John Waite, Dick Dudley, Jimmy Dudley, Bobby Dudley, Steve Myers, Mike Harrington & Hodge Raburn, (some of whom have gone on before him).  Ole Bob has many dear friends in churches across the country who loved & appreciated him.

He will be so dearly missed by his family, especially his wife Sue who has been with him faithfully for 66 years.  But because of what Jesus did on the cross we have the blessed hope of being together again for all eternity.  We trust Jesus in all things.

In his honor, there will be a memorial service, 10:00 am, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at Bayshore Friends Church in Bacliff TX.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to one of the following –

Randy White Ministries,

Andy Woods Ministries,

Chosen People Ministries,


  1. My condolences to all of the family. I was blessed to have know him and the family and my prayers go out to each and everyone of them. Love Peggy

    Peggy DeSantis (Trafford)
  2. We are sending prayers of comfort to Sue and the rest of the family. We will always treasure the time that we were able to spend with “Ole Bob” in Bible study. His love for the Word of God was contagious. We look forward to seeing him again one day. Love and prayers to all.

    Joe and Deb Helton
  3. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with this family in thieir time of need.

    David and Leslie Hamilton
  4. Our prayers are with this precious family. I remember dearly this couple as I also grew up in Bayshore Friends church.Love to dear sweet Sue. John and Fran (Callison) Summers

    Fran Summers
  5. He was the giant among us! A giant in love… a giant in laughter… a giant in Jesus! Everyone needs an Uncle Bobby in their lives. I am for ever grateful for mine!
    I can only imagine the reunion in Heaven on Aug. 11, 2021! But, oh how we will miss him here!
    Praying our God hold you close, & that you feel His undeniable Presence at every moment!

    Jackie High Rowell
  6. Bob was great friend and classmate he had a great sense of humor always enjoyed seeing him at our class reunion will miss him James Cockrell class of 1955

    James Cockrell
  7. Having worked with and knowing Bob back in the day was a pleasure.
    Our group of instrument people were known across the south and east coast.Companies would ask for us by name.Bob was liked for his kind ways and easy going.He always made our jobs fun. God bless.

    Kenneth Carlton

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