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Celebrating the life of

Bobby Randal Riner

October 21, 1934 - January 19, 2024

Bobby Randal Riner

Bobby Randal Riner passed away at his home in Rome, Georgia under Hospice care on January 19, 2024 at age 89.

Bobby was born in Garfield in Emanuel County, Georgia on October 21, 1934 to Gladys Wilson Riner and Ira “T.” Riner. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife for 64 years, Lois Virginia Bennett Riner, and sister, Ona Merle Riner Hendrix. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Cheryl Lynn Riner Hodge (Al) and Toni Marie Riner Kraft (John); granddaughters, Marie Hodge Gordon (Michael), Sarah Virginia Kraft, and Millie Kraft Smith (Tyler); his great-grandchildren, a source of pride and joy, Elizabeth “Libby” Virginia Gordon, Matthew Bennett Gordon and Luca Randal Alonzo; and a number of nephews, nieces and cousins.

Growing up in rural, depression-era Georgia, farm life as a child included long hours picking tobacco and cotton. Bobby’s family then moved to Savannah, where he delivered telegrams as a teen.

At 18, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served honorably for 21 years. While serving, he attended Southampton College in New York. He was stationed in Texas, Washington, Japan, New York and England, and temporary tours of duty in Italy and Korea, before retiring as Senior Master Sergeant in 1973. Bobby then began a new career in Civil Service at Hunter Army Airfield, retiring in 2001.

A jack of all trades and master of several, Bobby was an accomplished jet aircraft mechanic and gifted carpenter and artist. He also was a skilled gardener, genealogist, welder, metalworker, builder, electrician and even inventor, when necessity dictated. He fashioned everything from his own variable speed motor control device to automobile cup-holders long before either item was routinely available.

Adored by his grandchildren, Bobby received the unlikely moniker of “Boobus” after he used it as a silly term of endearment on his first granddaughter, Marie, and she applied it to him instead. He proudly enjoyed and/or endured it the rest of his life.

Bobby’s faith was important to him, and he was a longtime member of Isle of Hope UMC before leaving Savannah but regretted never being baptized. At 85, he insisted on baptism by submersion and made his way into the water to finally fulfill this outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace.

He must also be remembered as a storyteller as his stories and humorous quips were legendary, oft repeated, yet deeply missed as they began to subside in recent years. His family is charged with remembering – the laughs and the lessons both serious and light, those expressed on a whim or those relaying hard-learned truths. Bobby Riner was a remarkable man who made a quiet but remarkable impression on those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.  Funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Bobby will be buried next to his wife in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens near Thunderbolt, GA.

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Cheryl, Toni, and family: Condolences on your loss. May your faith and wonderful memories help you in this time of sorrow. May Bobby rest in eternal peace.


My family extends its deepest condolences to all of you. Robert L. Persse

- The Persses, Savannah , Georgia

We are so sorry of his passing. We lived right across the street from your parents. Before we moved to South Carolina he brought us a fig tree and it is so happy. We had to cut it way back this year as it had gotten enormous. Prayers for you and your family. Bill and Joan Earnhart

- Joan Earnhart, Ridgeland, SC

Cheryl, What an interesting and full life your father led....he was on the younger end of the accomplished Greatest Generation, something that we are seeing fewer of as each day passes. We were blessed, having these men as our fathers. Please know that I am keeping you, Al and your family in my thoughts during your time of loss. Sending you my heart, too.

- Julia J. Williams, Savannah, Georgia

I am very sad for the loss of your father, grandfather and my oldest first cousin. Bobby was always a pleasure to be around. I remember many family reunions with Bobby and his family. God bless y'all.

- marty canady, macon, ga

My deepest sympathy towards your family .my brother was friends with al in junior high school. I knew Al's sister.

- Robert D Dienert, Seguin, Texas

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel