Robert Floyd Wise Sr.

Published 6:33 pm Friday, July 1, 2022

Robert Floyd Wise Sr., 87 of Cumberland, passed away on Monday, June 27. He was born on March 21, 1935 to the late Lawrence E. Wise and Katherine Duke (Rainey) Wise. He was married 50 years to his loving wife, Mary Kathleen (Dize) Wise, who predeceased him.

Robert spent all of his life doing what he loved, digging in the dirt; be it excavating, grading or laying pipe. Robert was one of the best. He and his son-in-law, Bill, began what became a thriving utility contracting business, Chesapeake Bay Contractors, in Virginia Beach, a business still being run by his grandsons. After retirement, he loved playing on his tractor, tending to his animals and “piddling’ in the barn on his projects. He loved to take something that was falling to pieces and making it new again.

He is survived by his son, Robert Floyd “Bobby” Wise Jr., of Cumberland; his daughters; Robin Johnson (Charlie) of Portsmouth, Sally Wise (Bill Shelhorse) of Virginia Beach and Kimberly W. Thompson (Gary) of Cartersville; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren and one sister, Bertha Daugherty, of Newark, Ohio.

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He was preceded in death by his parent; four brothers, Joe, Johnny, William and Sheppy Wise; two sisters, Ethel Denton and Willie Wagner and one grandson, Scotty Thompson.

A funeral service was held on Friday, July 1, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Puckett Funeral Home. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, Cumberland. Family received friends on Thursday, June 30, from 6 – 8 p.m., at Puckett Funeral Home.

Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family.