Robert A. Washington

Robert Alonzo Washington, age 66, of Knoxville, departed this life on Monday, July 31, 2017 at his residence. He was born on June 1, 1951 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a member of the Knoxville College Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was also a member of Great Light #300 PHA Masonic Lodge. He is preceded in death by his mother, Bernetta Frazier; his foster parents, Hermine and Thaddeus Waiters; and brother, Melvin Washington. He leaves in this life his wife of soon-to-be 42 years, Sandra Ward Washington; their two daughters, Courtney E. Washington and Cristen W. (Carlton) Battle; grandsons, Ryan and Reece; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Bonham; three sisters, Marie, Bernetta and Debra; two brothers, James and Bernard; and a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends and all who knew him as “the Stiltman.” The family will receive friends from 11 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, with the funeral to follow, with Rev. Leroy Franklin officiating. The final resting place will be at Mount Olive Cemetery following the service. A white dove release will conclude the services.


12 Responses to “Robert A. Washington”

  1. LeRoy Smalls Jr says:

    To the Washington family my deepest condolences, my homeboy, fraternity brother we’re going miss you but will keep you in my memories as a vibrant, fun loving, God fearing brother. Yours in Onega, God bless.


  3. Cousin Harridell W. Ladson, Julius T. Ladson and Family, Cousins James, Sylvia, LaShawn, LaToya Williams and Olivia Banks says:

    To our family of the late Robert A. Washington

    We are sadden at the passing of our cousin Bobby. Our hearts are heavy at this time. We remember him as a great supporter of his mother and siblings. He always kept us laughing with his comical jokes. He knew how to make everyone happy and he would light up a room with is golden presence. He has and will always have a very special place in our hearts. God has truly gained a precious angel. In this time of sorrow may we all find comfort and strength in Gods love and care. May God bless you all!

    Love your cousins,

    Julius T. Ladson and Harridell W. Ladson and Family Charleston,

    James, Sylvia, LaShawn and LaToya Williams and Olivia Banks, Orangeburg, SC

  4. Robin Young says:

    Mr. Washington was a beautiful man! Myself and other therapists at UT Physical Therapy had the pleasure and honor to work with him from time to time over the past nearly 20 yrs. We admired his spirit, determination and love of life itself. He was always cheerful and so kind and so thoughtful when to be otherwise would have been understood. He is truly unforgettable. I am grateful to have made his acquaintance.
    Deepest sympathy and respect for his dear family

  5. Robin Young says:

    Thankful for the opportunity to have been in the presence of such grace as Mr Washington exhibited in times of great trial. Rest in peace..and peace to the loved ones of Robert Washington.

  6. Bernetta Williams says:

    Gone but not forgotten. I love you Bobby. I will miss you. Rest in Peace my Brother.

  7. RIH, Stiltman. It was my joy to have known you while at KC, and the unique greeting(on stilts) you shared with all of us during homecoming festivities.You were our “unofficial greeter”at KC, and now, God has a special assignment waiting for you at The Gates.

    Grace, KC class of ’73

  8. Teddy Davis says:

    My sincere condolences to the Washington family. I went to KC with Bobby, and he certainly is always remembered by myself and the KC family, especially as the stilt man. May He “REST IN PEACE”.

  9. Vickie Fielder Thornhill says:

    Sandy, to you and your family, I am so sorry to just learn of Bobby’s services being held last Saturday. I wanted you all to know that he will always be remembered as on of the sweetest, kindest and most loving people that I ever met while at Knoxville College 40+ years ago. I will keep you all in my prayers that wonderful memories of Bobby will give you some comfort in your sadness. He will me missed.

  10. Brenda Shelley says:

    I am sad of your loss. San I have known you and Bubba longer than you all have been married. We had fun times together and made great memories. My prayer for your entire family is to give you all strength during this difficult time. Love you all!

  11. Kendall Harris says:

    My prayers go out to the Washington family. Bobby was a good man and friend and brother to many. May the Great Architect of the universe continue to shine his unfailing light upon the Washington family.

    Kendall Harris, Knoxville College 1974

  12. Herman Vandrosd says:

    Precious Lord, take my hand. A great friend has gone on to you. To the family and the world Bobby is now resting with the Lord. The City of Charleston, South Carolina and Knoxville Tennessee has lost a great spiritual and humble person. We grew up together since the first grade thru Burke High School and later at Knoxville College where we became fraternal brothers in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated which he has never never turn down community service throughout Knoxville and as a high-stepping member he will be sadly missed by everyone ,but he has suffered long enough since his accident I will miss my friend “El Geech Cho” as he called himself and was very proud of that but God has his way of maintaining life for us wrestling my brother shine and bring that great attitude and Heaven. “May God be with you” …..
    Fraternal yours, Herman “Spider” Vandross

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