Updated: Mon 3:15 PM, Dec 30, 2013
Funeral Home: Hillier Funeral Home May 31, 1953 – December 26, 2013
Robert “Bob” John Stennis, 60, of Bryan, Texas, beloved husband, father, granddad, uncle, and friend, unexpectedly went to his heavenly home on Thursday, December 26, 2013. A time for family to receive friends will be from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Hillier Funeral Home at 2301 E. 29th St., Bryan, Texas. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Bryan, 3100 Cambridge Dr., Bryan, Texas, with Mark Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery.
Bob was born on May 31, 1953 to Samuel Y. and Elsie (Harbison) Stennis in Amarillo, Texas. He graduated from Amarillo High School in Amarillo, Texas in 1971; from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a B.B.A degree in finance in 1975; and from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in 1993.
Bob began his career as a Bank Examiner for the State of Texas in Austin, Texas. That job took him to San Antonio, and then later to Houston. While in Houston, he joined First City Bank as a loan review officer. This job eventually took him to Bryan, Texas, where he became a loan officer and made his home for the last thirty-one years. In choosing his career, Bob sought a profession in which he could be a servant to others. He loved being a loan officer because it afforded him the opportunity to help people accomplish their dreams, whether that be purchasing their first home or starting a business.
He was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and currently an active member of First Baptist Church of Bryan, Texas. Over the years, Bob was also involved with and served numerous charity and community organizations. He loved working in the yard and reading the Wall Street Journal and countless other periodicals. Bob was a life-long learner. He was a gentle soul, who genuinely cared about everyone he met. Bob loved spending time with his family and absolutely adored playing with his three grandsons.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Samuel David Stennis.
He leaves behind his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Beverly; two sons, Sam and his wife Karla of Midland, and David and his wife Bless of Bryan; three grandchildren, Luke, Canton, and Ryan; one sister, Sudie of Houston; one sister-in-law, Gail of Amarillo; and six nieces and their families.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to one of Bob’s favorite charities, which included, among many, the Salvation Army, the Hope Pregnancy Center, and Focus on the Family.