Robert Lee Withington, known best as “Robbie”, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018, following a battle with cancer. Born September 15, 1985, Robbie was a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Penn State. Vacationing at the beaches of North Carolina as a child ignited an interest in its coastal communities. From a very young age, he always had a love for the outdoors and wildlife. As a Wildlife Biologist with the USDA Wildlife Services, Jacksonville, North Carolina afforded an opportunity for him to fulfill his passion of the outdoors hunting, fishing and loving every day. His life grew more complete following marriage to his wife, Jessica, on May 31, 2014. They established their home last year in Newport, North Carolina. At 32, Robbie’s life ended as it was just seeming to begin.
Left to cherish Robbie’s memory are his beloved wife, Dr. Jessica B. Harrell; his devoted parents, Dennie and Ronda Withington of Pollocksville; only brother, Shawn Withington of Maryland; paternal grandparents, Roy and Sandra Withington of Youngsville, PA; maternal step-grandmother, Hilda Haehn of Pittsfield, PA; parents-in-law, George and Linda Harrell of Snow Hill; sister-in-law, Ashley Harrell Strickland and husband, Cory of LaGrange; a nephew, Hardy Strickland; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding Robbie in death are his paternal grandmother, Susan Withington; and maternal grandparents, Donald and Beverly Haehn.
A Service of Remembrance will be held 1 PM Saturday, March 24, at Calvary Memorial United Methodist Church, 107 W. Greene Street, Snow Hill, NC.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church’s fellowship hall and other times at the home of George and Linda Harrell, 513 Sturbridge Drive, Snow Hill, NC.
Memorials in Robbie’s memory are suggested to the National Wild Turkey Federation New River Longbeards Chapter Scholarship Fund, 555 Grants Creek Road, Jacksonville, NC 28546. Online condolences at www.taylor-tyson.com
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Robbie was such a genuine person. I liked him the moment I met him at MCAS New River. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time with Robbie doing mammal counts on the air station, hunting and just hanging out talking when we had the chance. Robbie was right at home with any crowd. Despite our 15 year age difference, we always had a lot to talk about. He was so well respected and liked by the Marines who knew him. I just looked at a seven person group text from those of us who served at the station around 2012 to 2016. Everyone expressed how much they will miss Robbie and how much fun it was to be around him. I just appreciate the time I had with him and will miss him dearly.
Submitted by Sandy Lee on Mar 22 2018 08:05:45 PM
So incredibly saddened Ronda Denny and family for your loss! My hope is that you draw strength and comfort from the many family and friends who LOVE you! Many prayers!
Submitted by Leslie Close on Mar 22 2018 07:49:07 PM
Sorry for your loss.
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Sam & Mary Beth Skarote lit a candle on Mar 22 2018 04:45:19 PM
So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. We are praying for you all.
Submitted by Harry & Cindy Spivey on Mar 22 2018 04:38:07 PM
Prayers to you and you family Ronda. Love you
Submitted by patti on Mar 22 2018 03:15:49 PM
We are so very sorry and are keeping Robbie and all of his family in our thoughts and prayers..... Harold, Liz, and everyone at Warren Webster
Submitted by Warren Webster on Mar 22 2018 03:08:46 PM
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