Robert Clyde Link (Bob) went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, December 22, 2014.
Born on November 23, 1928, he grew up in the Davidson County Arnold community and attended Welcome School until his family moved to Salisbury, N.C. where he attended Boyden High School in his junior and senior years, graduating in 1946.
In 1946, he enrolled in Catawba College, receiving his Bachelor of Commerce degree four years later.
Upon graduation from Catawba, he was immediately drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he served in Ulm, Germany as Message Center Chief in the 110th Infantry Regiment of the 28th Division occupation forces. During his service tenure he met his future wife, Gladys, from Lancaster, PA.
Upon discharge from the army, he enrolled in the Columbia Graduate School of Business in the City of New York, where he received a Master of Science in Commerce in 1954. While in New York City, he and Gladys were married in the Episcopal Church of the Transfigurations, commonly known as the “Little Church around the Corner.”
The first part of his work career was spent as a factory salesman for Dixie and Link-Taylor furniture factories, traveling in Ohio and Michigan. The last part of his work career was spent as an Ohio State certified teacher of small business owners, where he helped to develop a small business management curriculum for the Ohio State University Materials Laboratory. He wrote and published a business book titled “Cash, Cash, Who’s Got the Cash,” two novels titled “Sapona” and “What If?” and an autobiography of his childhood in Arnold titled “My Cousins and I.”
He was one of the founding fathers of the North Cincinnati Community Church, Presbyterian Church in America, in Mason, Ohio. He and Gladys later moved to Peoria, Arizona, where he was active as an elder emeritus in helping to arrange the financing of a new church building for the Fellowship of Grace Church.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gladys; his daughter, Ann, a paralegal in New York City, and her husband, Sterling; three sons: Nate Link, M.D., Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and his wife, Anat; Dave Link, a high school teacher in Kettering, Ohio, and his wife, Cathi; Dan Link, M.D., a psychiatrist in Phoenix, AZ, and his wife, Erin; and seven grandchildren: Lani, Kristin and her husband, Sergio, Mara, Jordan, Daniel, Kathryn, and Sophia.
He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Cowan, a retired teacher from the Tyro, N.C., school system.
He is preceded in death by his brother, James Harold “Hal” Link.
Memorial services will be held at Davidson Funeral Home, 301 North Main Street, Lexington, N.C., at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 27, 2014, followed by a traditional gravesite burial service at Beulah United Church of Christ cemetery, 2828 Arnold Road, Lexington, N.C. After the service, a lunch for those attending will be served in the Beulah Church Fellowship Hall.
Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneral home.net