Leo Robey

1940 - 2021


Leo “Billy” Robey, 80, of Freeport, died Thursday March 25, 2021 at Park Strathmore nursing home due to the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s . Born November 1, 1940, in Ruleville, MS, the son of Horace and Lee Anna Robey. He moved to Freeport in 1964 and worked at Chrysler in Belvedere for 35 years. He loved fishing, reading, playing cards, British televisions shows, Westerns, listening to the Blues and playing with his grandchildren. He faithfully served as a ministerial servant in the Freeport congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a full-time pioneer in the field ministry. He was famous for his homemade pound cake, his humor and being a big, loving teddy bear.                          

Leo is survived by his brother, Horace “Joe” Robey and two sisters, Hettie Knox and Mary Alice Price; 5 sons: Alexander Holloway, Leo Lawrence, Robert Buckner, Giovanni Robey, Dale Robey; 5 daughters: Martha Cross, Deborah Robey, Phyllis Sones, Patty Robey and Alisha Robey and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife of 47 years, Annie C Robey, his son Jonathan Robey, 2 grandsonsand 5 sisters.

Memorial services will be held via Zoom on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm CST and will be officiated by Brother Gerald Boos. The Zoom ID number is 798 561 4154. We invite all to attend to remember the remarkable person he was.  Our family wants to thank all who have reached out and offered comfort during this difficult time for our family.

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Tammy Morrison

April 10, 2021 9:07 AM

My deepest sympathy for the family.  He was a very wonderful man that I am honored to have met.  Be at peace now Superman!

Kristy Hayes-Brown

April 2, 2021 8:15 AM

Where to begin. If it wasn't for Billy Robey and his beautiful wife Annie. My sister Nikki and I would not be here. My mom was Annie only sister in Jehovah's Organization. So Billy was her brother in Jehovah's Organization. There are far to memories to share. But I will never forget the roadtrips to Arkansas, the fishing trips and the many family weekend trips. Those homemade biscuits and fried chicken. My most beautiful and favorite memory was when I would be waiting for him and the family to pull up in the van at the circuit assembly's and Conventions. I knew my family had arrived. I remember him and Johnathan try to teach me how to water ski and them telling me to let go of the rope. If I fall nope I didn't. My legs did the splits and I could hear them screaming let go of the rope, let go of the rope, when I did let go they said I looked like a flying torpedo in the water. I said that ok I am safe now and we laugh and laughed. I remember growing up with a lot of brothers and sisters and seeing all of them have kids and grandkids. The Robey family holds a special place in my heart ❤️ and my life. I will miss all of the ones that we just lost Annie, Johnathan and his boy's, and now Billy. They are ok until  Jehovah calls them back in the resurrection. 💕❤️

Cora L Stamler

April 2, 2021 12:39 AM

We will miss you Leo but so glad you are all finished suffering and can rest the good rest and awaken to see your Annie in good health for both of you.  See you in Paradise dear friend!

Kali West

April 1, 2021 9:48 PM

Be at peace Leo. Love you always. Be with Annie, Inez, Big Jon, The Baby Boys

Jeff & Debra Rampenthal

April 1, 2021 6:02 PM

We share the sorrow of your loss. We will  continue to miss both of your parents until we see them again, healthy,  vibrant  and full of life in the new world to come. 😢

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