Robert Alton Vest, aged 91 years, died on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 in Clearwater, FL. He had resided in Clearwater since 1972.
Robert was born to Ella and A. Harry Vest on October 24, 1925. He spent most of his childhood in Bluefield and graduated from Bluefield High School in 1943. During Robert's first year of college at WVU, he entered the US Army. Robert went to France with the 100th Infantry Division and was shortly thereafter taken prisoner by the Germans. After the war ended, Robert returned to Bluefield where he met and married Patricia Freeman. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1949, Robert and Patricia settled in Bluefield, where they raised three children. Robert became a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent. He was President of Vest Insurance Agency and later President of Citizens Real Estate Investment Company. Robert also served as President of the Board of Realtors, Chairman of the Bluefield Chapter of the American Red Cross and Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Club. Robert and his family were active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
In 1972, the Vests moved to Clearwater, FL. Robert was a Vice President and Trust Officer at the First National Bank of Clearwater (now Regions Bank) until retirement in 1991. Always active in service to others, he served as President of the local Kiwanis Club and Chairman of the Red Cross. He was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, serving in many capacities, including Treasurer, Elder, Deacon, and Foundation Chairman until his health declined in October of 2016.
Robert is preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Freeman Vest, his son, Robert E. Vest, and his second wife, Pearl Bole Vest.
Surviving relatives include his two daughters Nancy Patricia Weinberger and Kathryn (Katie) Vest Aldrich.
Memorials for Robert may be contributed to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater, FL.
A celebration of Robert's life will take place in Clearwater on August 4, 2017.
Please consult Moss Feaster Funeral Home, Dunedin, FL (www.mossfeaster.com) for further information.
Published on June 17, 2017