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“Janiece, It was so good to see you recently. I hate that I was not aware of your loss. I know that you will cherish the wonderful times and the...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Arlee Small - Longview, TX

“Dear Janiece & family, We were so sorry to learn of Bob's death. Jane Tidwell sent me an email. We just got home today after being in S. TX for the...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Marvin & Barbara Lee - Stonewall, LA

“One of the great pleasures of the planning for our class reunions was the opportunity of getting to know Bob. I will always be grateful for that...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Carolyn & Don Vardeman - Hewitt, TX

“Janiece & Family, I'm so sorry to hear about your dear husband. Our prayers & thoughts are with you. Take care. ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Mike & Linda Phillips - Longview, TX

“As Springhill graduates also and knowing Bobby our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Jim and Jackie Barber - Mobile, AL

“"Aunt" Angela, Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. We are not able to be with you today but know we are thinking about you. May...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Danny, Elizabeth & Calleigh King - TX

“Janiece, my sincere condolences on your loss. may God bless you and your family. ”
7 of 28 | Posted by: Larry Baxley - Flagler Beach, FL

“Our prayers are with you during this time of loss. Carol and I were class mates at SHS. Our memories of Bobby are still the quite wonderful friend he...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: John G. Alley and Carol - LA

“We shall always cherish our good times together at the class reunions. We will really miss Bobby. ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: Durward and Elizabeth Tripp - LA

“With love and prayers, David and Bobbie ”
10 of 28 | Posted by: Bobbie and David Ash - Santa Ana, CA

“We are saddened to hear of Bobby's passing. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Pam & Wyman Jr - Bentonville, AR

“Marion and I express our sympathy and prayers to you and your family during this time. We will miss Bob's smile and warm personality at OHBC. ...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Fowler - Longview, TX

“Gabrielle, Trinity and I send our condolences. We were sad to hear of Poppy's passing. He was always very good to the girls and I. ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Wensdi - Nacogdoches, TX

“Janiece, We were so sorry to hear about Bob. We know he has been ill for sometime but there is never an easy way to say good-bye. I know he is...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: susan and mike mccracken - TX

“Dear Janiece.....Mr B's warm welcome and handshake will be greatly missed .....our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Melanie Pirtle - Longview, TX

“Janiece, please know that we love you and remember with fondness the hard, loving work you did on Bob's class reunions. Though we did not often see...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Jane & James Tidwell - Springhill, LA

“Sophie and I would like to express our sympathy for the loss of Bob to not only your family, but to our church family. His gracious smile and hand...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: David Alston - Longview, TX

“Thinking of you! ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: mike choate - monroe, LA

“Janiece & Family, I'm so sorry to hear about Bob. He may have lost the battle here on earth but what a victory he has won being with Jesus. May our...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Jalena Branch - Longview, TX

“Janiece and family--so sorry to hear of Bob's passing.He was truly a fine man.My houghts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Brad Watkins - henderson, TX

“Janiece, I was so saddened for you when I heard about Bob. He faught a long hard battle and we know that he is well and strong now. You will have a...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Shirley King - Longview, TX

“Janiece, Helen and I have you and your family in our prayers through this time. We know that you trust God in all things and you can trust Him to...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Bill Allison - Pampa, TX

“Dear Janiece, Kevin and I send our prayers and trust God will hold your heart in His hand to help you through this painful loss. Our most sincere...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Carla (Jean Marshall) Azzouz - FL

“Janiece, it was wonderful to get to see you again and to meet Bob. I will never forget his sweet smile. God is with you and yours and Bob is whole...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Marilyn Carrell Martin - TX

“Janiece, Memories will carry you forward but you're in my thoughts and prayers today. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Lyn Fuller - Cleveland, OH

“Janiece, I was so sorry to hear that Bob lost that battle. But, we know he is in glory and will wait on you to get there. My prayers are with you....Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Anita Smith - Dallas, TX

“Janiece, Sid and I were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We were prvileged to meet him at our reunion. You and your family are in our hearts and...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Gilmore Peterson - CA

“Michael & I are so sorry for your loss. Bob will be truly missed. He was a very special man and meant so much to so many! ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Michael & Chanyce Wells - TX


A celebration of the life of Bob Baldwin, 74, of Longview, will be held at 1 PM, Thursday, February 26, 2009, in the Sanctuary of Oakland Heights Baptist Church, 1600 Judson Road, Longview, Texas, with Pastor Tom Roberson and Bro. Jack Fritts officiating. Burial will follow at 3:30 PM in Hill Crest Memorial Park, 501 Highway 80 East, Bossier City, Louisiana, There will be a visitation from 5:30 to 7:30 PM Wednesday, February 25, at Rader Funeral Home, 1617 Judson Road, Longview, Texas
Bobby Gene Baldwin was born in Bastrop, Louisiana on July 5, 1934 to Louis and Norma Baldwin, but after her remarriage, Roy Walsworth became his father. Bob passed away in a Hospice center on Monday, February 23, 2009, with his wife at his bedside. He had suffered from complications of heart disease and Parkinson's.
Bob has been a resident of Longview since 1975 after coming from Springhill, Louisiana, He was a graduate of Springhill High School as president of the Class of 1953. He then attended Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas, Mr. Baldwin had been very involved throughout the years in a great number of safety issues and levels having been certified in Rescue, Arson Investigation, Red Cross Multi Media Instructor, Tennessee Eastman Contractor Safety, Coastal Bend Safety Council, Houston Safety Council and the ABC Safety Council. Bob was a Certified Professional Trainer in Asbestos and Lead Abatement from 1984-1995 and held a state license in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Illinois. He also was federal government Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor.
Mr. Baldwin proudly served his country in the U. S. Army from 1957-1962 and received an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant. He was employed by International Paper Company and then Arizona Chemical Company. From 1975-1981, he worked for Crystal Oil Company, Longview Refining Company Division holding the titles of Process and Maintenance Forman, Maintenance Superintendent, Project Engineer and Assist Refinery Manager. He helped Merico Abatement, Inc. and Gregg Industrial Insulators in the development of it asbestos abatement program. From 1988-1995, Bob was employed by Brock Enterprises, Inc/Service Environmental Company holding many positions. He then became a Training Instructor part-time for Enviro-Con, Inc. in Houston.
Bob loved his church and his men's Sunday School Class where he was a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church. He had served as Chairman, Buildings and Grounds committee and also served on the Kitchen Committee for several years. He loved working with the children in Vacation Bible School. Some may remember his warm smile and handshake as he served as Greeter for those who entered to attend Sunday School. Bob was also a volunteer for Longview Community Ministries and was a sub for Meal on Wheels in the past years.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He was particularly an A golfer and received many trophies throughout the years. So many his wife began to store some of them in the attic. Among his prized trophies are the ones in which he won while playing with his grandsons. He enjoyed deer hunting for many years, especially with his step-father and other family members. He enjoyed working in his shop, building blue bird houses, bird feeders and planters, just to name a few.
Bob was a member of the Civil Air Patrol where he helped coordinate many search and rescue missions as well as participate with the actual rescue mission itself and was credited for locating the downed plane.
Those left to treasure his memory are his beloved and devoted wife of nearly 31 years, Janiece Nichols Baldwin of Longview; daughters, Barbara McLawchlin of Monroe, Louisiana, Vanessa Scott and husband Bruce, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Angela King and husband, Jody of LaPlace, Louisiana; and one son, James of Longview. His grandchildren whom he loved very much; grandsons, Brian McLawchlin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1st Lt. Aaron McKenzie, who proudly serves our country, stationed in Iraq and his wife, Lesli of Longview, Joey Dawes of Corpus Christi, Texas; Granddaughters, Kristi and her husband, Michael of Monroe, Louisiana, and Briana Baldwin of Longview; Great-Grandsons, Hunter Hudgens and his "Big Boy" Kade McKenzie, 22 months old and the light of his life, who gave him purpose these last months. Also left to treasure his memory is his dear brother, Terry Baldwin of Rogers, Arkansas; favorite uncle, Ray Whittington of Springhill, Louisiana; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Gay and husband, Charles and Marie Keith of Longview; a step-sister-in-law, Darlyn Jones, also of Longview. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Those who preceded his in death are: his parents, a brother, Larry Baldwin and a sister, Eleanor (Boots) Butler.
Those serving as pallbearers are, Dickie Allen, Buck Fellows, Eddie Gibson, Ralph Greening, Derrell Murphy and Larry Risinger.
The family wishes to thank his doctors who have taken excellent care of him for many years; Dr. Ronald Scott, Dr. William Perkins ad Dr. Michael Morris. We also thank Good Shepherd Medical Center and all those involved with his hospice care during his very short stay at Beacon Hospice at Margaret's House.
It was his great desire to close his eyes and then open them to the bright lights surrounding the full Glory of God.
My darling husband, I am confident you have not been disappointed.

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