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Robert "Bob" Lee Bever

April 11, 1949 — December 19, 2017

Robert "Bob" Lee Bever


Robert Lee “Bob” Bever, 68, passed away on December 19, 2017, while on vacation with his family.

Preceded in death by:

  • Mother, Laila Jean Longstreth 
  • Father, John Robert Bever
  • Sister, Karen Richter.     


  • Wife, Barbara “Joey” Nervo-Bever 
  • Daughters, Gina Bever and Stephanie York
  • Brother, Ronald Bever (Mary) 
  • Sister, Sherry Burley (Mickey)
  • Sister, Sandra Smith (Skip)
  • Sister Debra Miller
  • Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


Bob spent much of his life, especially after his retirement, in service to his family, community and others. As a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, he served in the Knights of Columbus for several years – serving as Grand Knight from 2014 to 2016 of Council #8396 and was a Charter Member and Trustee of Patriot Assembly (4th Degree) # 3680.  He also served regularly as an usher for the church and was involved in various other church-related activities and functions.


SSGT Robert Lee Bever, was a proud U.S. Army Special Forces/(Green Beret) veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He served with the 5th Special Forces group during his active duty and later with the 11th Special Forces/(Green Berets) in Reserves. Staff Sergeant  Robert Lee Bever was (ABN), Halo, Ski and Scuba qualified. He was a member of the Special Forces Association, serving as President of Chapter #33 of the Special Forces Association at the time of his passing.

The life and legacy of Robert “Bob” Bever will be celebrated with a Celebration of Life Mass on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Athens, Tenn. (1291 E Madison Ave, Athens, TN 37303).  

His beloved wife of nearly 48 years, Barbara “Joey” Nervo-Bever, and his loving daughters, Gina Bever and Stephanie York, will receive friends and family in the narthex of St. Mary Catholic Church starting at 10 a.m.

A Celebration of Life Mass will follow at 11 a.m. with Father Jim Haley, CSP Celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family asks that donations may be made in his memory to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund, c/o St. Mary Catholic Church, 1291 E. Madison Ave., Athens, TN  37303.  Those unable to attend may send condolences to


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