Robert Whitley Bain
Robert Whitley Bain of Ivor, Virginia departed this physical world to be with his Lord and Savior on November 9, 2020.
He was born March 24, 1959 in Petersburg, VA. He was the son of the late Fairfield S. and Mamie Jenkins Bain and was predeceased by a brother George A. Bain. Robert was a 1977 graduate of Hargrave Military Academy and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He became licensed to sell real estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1984 and established R. Whitley Bain & Company in 1994.
He served as President of the Suffolk/Franklin Association of Realtors and President of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association and was a recipient of the Realtor of the Year Award from both associations and was chairman of the Realtors Political Action Committee.
Bain served on various community service organizations and was President of Hargrave Military Academy Alumni Association, president of the Wakefield Ruritan Club and also as chairman of the Shad Planking Committee. He was an avid water fowler and served as secretary/treasurer of the Green Level Hunt Club and served on the board of directors of the Beaverdam Sportsmen’s Club and the Wakefield Sportsmen’s Club. Bain loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed working in the azalea and vegetable gardens. He made sure to enjoy the “fruits” of his labors and a glass of good bourbon at the end of the day. He was a fan of the music of Tom Petty and was a proud member of the Tom Petty Nation.
Robert was a lifelong member of Wakefield United Methodist Church and served as its Treasurer, Chairman of its church council and Trustees. He was also a member of the Wakefield United Methodist Men and served as its secretary/treasurer. Bain was also a member of the Virginia United Methodist Housing Board. He was an avid reader and lifelong learner with a special interest in history and botany.
He is survived by his wife Anita C. Bain; daughter, Jessica Lynn Gaboury and husband Chris; grandson, Tyler Dallas Gaboury; granddaughter, Reese Whitley Gaboury; a very special cousin, J. Philip Bain, Jr. and a host of good friends.
A graveside service will be held in the Wakefield Cemetery on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 2:30 PM, with Rev. Glenn Riggs officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations to be made to the general fund of the Wakefield United Methodist Church or to Hargrave Military Academy. The family is being served by R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel where condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.
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