Robert Gene Cempella

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Robert Gene Cempella

Robert Gene Cempella, 81, of War passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, VA.
Born September 7, 1937 in Welch he was the son of the late John and Ina Cempella. He was a graduate of Gary High School and the University of Kentucky, and received his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was formerly employed by US Steel as an engineer, and owned and operated Robert's Floral in Welch for 20 years. His final position was as the CEO of 7 nursing homes in West Virginia. Robert was an avid car collector.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, an infant brother James, and Dr. Bernard Cempella.
He is survived by his wife and best friend for over 54 years, Carolyn "Kitten" Altizer Cempella of War; and his special friend, Joe Falgiani of War.
Funeral service will be conducted Friday, September 14 at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, War with the Rev. Spencer Oxford officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, VA. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the day of the service.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The Douglas Mortuary of Welch is serving the family.
Published on September 12, 2018
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Sandra McKinster Hill
Sep 15, 2018
We were class mates 1955,,,He Was- a great person had a lot of fun with him in the Band,,,,RIP. Robert Gene
Joretta Parker
Sep 15, 2018
Rest in Peace Robert Gene. Many memories growing up in Filbert. Prayers to for the family.
Mary Frances Begley
Sep 14, 2018
So very sorry for your loss, Kitten
Marguerite Miller Giles
Sep 14, 2018
Kitten, Iโ€™m so sorry for your loss.. prayers for you during this difficult time.. ๐Ÿ’•Marguerite
Marvin and. Sonna
Sep 14, 2018
Kitten, we are so sorry to hear about Bob. Our prayers and love are with you.
Anne Rose McKell
Sep 13, 2018
Robert was a classmate at Gary High School. I am so sorry about his passing. Rest in Peace Robert.
Leah Coburn Hundley
Sep 13, 2018
1955 Gary High School was a special class. Hope RObert Gene kept his love of life and fun loving ways. Blessings to the family.
Vincel Herlovich
Sep 13, 2018
I remember his leading the band as Drum Major, along with my sister , Dianna.
Loretta Warren Gilmer
Sep 13, 2018
A great classmate with the 1955 Class of Gary High School. Rest In Peace Robert Gene. Prayers for the family.
Joe Buenrostro
Sep 13, 2018
A lot of great memories of being in the band with him. Also great memories of hanging around in #9 bottom with the gang. A good friend !
Shelby Kelly McClanahan
Sep 13, 2018
I was a classmate of Robert Gene. I have shared many laughs and complaints over the years with him. I am sorry to hear of his death. May God be with you and give you peace.