Robert Linder, Jr., also known as “Boo Boo” was born November 23, 1962 in Walterboro, South Carolina to Mr. Robert Linder, Sr. and the late Mrs. Rosa Lee Hodges Linder. Robert departed this life on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Trident Medical Center in N. Charleston, South Carolina.
Home-Going Celebration will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Walterboro Christian Center, 320 Robertson Boulevard. Jadon Buckner, Host Pastor, and Reverend Jimmy Washington, Eulogist. A public viewing will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Stephens-Maree-Tracy Funeral Home Chapel of Serenity from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
( THOSE ATTENDING THE FUNERAL SERVICE ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACIAL MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED. )
Robert was educated in the public schools of Colleton County and a 1980 graduate of Ruffin High School, Ruffin, South Carolina. He continued his education at Denmark Technical College, Denmark, South Carolina, where he studied auto mechanics.
Robert was employed with various logging companies during his life. He was well-versed in this profession since he was introduced to it as young as 12 years old. He was also family/self-employed in the same field for about 12 years. He later became unemployed due to health issues down through the years. Even though, he battled with sickness, he never gave up and continued to move forward with the help of God.
Robert accepted Christ many years ago under the leadership of former Pastor Joanne Walker-Brown. He was a lifetime member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Smoaks, South Carolina where he served faithfully in the music ministry as the drummer which was also one of his favorite pastimes. Not only was Robert the drummer, he also joined the Bethel Mass Choir. He also loved singing and was a faithful member of the Gospel Stars Quartet Group of Smoaks, South Carolina for many years. In addition, he was instrumental in organizing the family gospel group, “Robert and the Singing Angels” under the leadership of his mother, Sis Rosa Lee Linder. A couple of Robert’s favorite songs were: “Fix it Jesus” and “Lord Hold My Hand”. He didn’t mind praising God through song as it was truly an inspiration to him.
Robert was united in holy matrimony to Mrs. Cathie Stephens Linder on November 20, 2010, and was a devoted husband and friend.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Rosa Lee Linder; sister, Mrs. Rosemary Linder-Bryant; two brothers-in law, Patrick Stephens and William Stephens.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife Mrs. Cathie S. Linder of the home; eight daughters, Kinisha Risher of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Evangelist Mekiella (Albert) Young and Tambria Edwards of Summerville, South Carolina; Patrice (Ernest) Williams of St. George, South Carolina, Brittany (Elton) Brown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Robria Linder, Tshawniah Griffin and Charisma Bryant of Walterboro, South Carolina; four sons, Robert Markell Linder and Edward Stephens of Smoaks, Carolina, Jerrell Salley of Springtown, South Carolina and DeAndre Elliott of Ruffin, South Carolina; twelve grandchildren; his father, Robert Linder, Sr. of Smoaks, South Carolina; three brothers, Roger (Shameala) Linder of Fort Walton, Florida, Ricky (Shatonya) Linder of Walterboro, South Carolina and Remario (Sharon) Linder of Cottageville, South Carolina; six sisters, Deborah (Davie) Williams and Mary (Kevin) Ferguson of Walterboro, South Carolina, Ella (James) Black, Rosa (David) Moore and Ronetta (Damien) Jones of Columbia, South Carolina; his mother-in-law, Patricia Stephens of Smoaks, South Carolina; three brothers-in-law, Elijah Bryant, Jr. of Smoaks, South Carolina, Tony Stephens and Rev. Ephriam Stephens of Walterboro, South Carolina; a sister-in-law, Rochelle Stephens of Charleston, South Carolina; his god brother, Tony Simmons of Smoaks, South Carolina; twenty one aunts; eight uncles; two great aunts and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; very close spiritual family members/friends, Apostle Clemustine and James “Man” Linder and three very close buddies, Romalee Risher, David Stephens and Eddie Williams.
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