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Robert Bruce Howitt / March 30, 2020

Robert Bruce “Bob” Howitt of South Boston died Friday, March 27, 2020 at the age of 75. Bob was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on May 4, 1944 to Samuel and Marguerite Howitt. He was married to Rebecca Murray Howitt.

Bob was a graduate of Northville High School, Adirondack Community College in New York, a bachelor’s degree in history from East Carolina University and master’s degree in physical education from Lynchburg College. He was passionate about basketball and played throughout his whole life. He was a physical education teacher for 38 years. His pastime was a love of antique automobiles.

In addition to his wife, Rebecca, he is survived by a son, Robert Christopher “Rob” Howitt and wife, Cheryl of Roanoke; brother, David Howitt and wife, Flora of Northville, N.Y.; sister, Margaret Howitt Taylor of Broad Albin, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Kennedy Brooke Howitt and Tyler Daniel Howitt.

A graveside service will be held Monday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Shayne Estes officiating.

The family will receive visitors at the home, 1061 Dogwood Trail, South Boston.

A Celebration of his life for family, friends and the community will be held at a later date.

We are aware that many people would like to attend the service, however due to the constraints of public gatherings, you may express your condolences to the family at We will be airing the service at 2 p.m. on Brooks Lyon Facebook.

The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services.

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