Robert “Bob” William Madison

June 6, 1945 - April 18, 2024

06/06/1945 - 04/18/2024

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Funeral Service
Saturday July 20, 2024
11:00 am
Hobgood Cemetery
Highway 125
Hobgood, NC 27843

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Robert “Bob” William Madison passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly, with his children by his side at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida on April 18, 2024.

He was born in Pasadena, California on June 6, 1945 to the late Harry William Madison and Hazel Marie French.  After being honorably discharged from the United States Army and graduating from California State University at Long Beach, Bob started his career with the Carnation Company in Los Angeles.  After promotions took him to Columbus, Ohio and Atlanta, respectively, his career transferred into the food service arena.  In 1979, Bob founded the Food Service Division of Savannah Foods and Industries/Dixie Crystals. Later, a new opportunity arose that allowed Bob to bring his industry expertise to South Florida.  In 1993, he created the Food Service Division of Florida Crystals, now known as Domino Sugar.  After 16 successful years with Florida Crystals, Bob chose to retire in 2009.

During summers in Savannah, Bob and his family enjoyed boating with friends and relatives, exploring barrier islands off of Georgia’s coast.  When Bob and his wife, Tommie, relocated to the Palm Beach, FL area work with Florida Crystals, he relished his time with the numerous close friends he made, cooking, playing golf and sportfishing on the “Boomerang.” Bob fully embraced the Palm Beach lifestyle.

While he loved his work in food service, and the people he worked with even more, Bob was very excited to start a new chapter in his retirement (and to banish his work Blackberry to a drawer).  In retirement, Bob always made time to visit and play with his grandchildren, attending their many recitals, performances, and sporting events.

Ever a sports fanatic, Bob loved watching high school football, college football and practically any other sport imaginable.  He always found time to appreciate his family and friends, and he took great pride in the close connections he created and maintained in Savannah and Palm Beach. Bob was always the life of the party, and he never met a stranger.  To know Bob was to love him, and if you were fortunate enough to have known him, you were surely a better person because of it.  He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Bob’s grandchildren were his everything, and he made it his mission to watch them grow and flourish.  Thankfully, Bob was able to spend the last week of his life visiting with and celebrating his children and grandchildren, a miraculous gift given to him and his family that no one realized at the time.

Sadly, Bob’s wife of 32 years, Tommie Whitehurst Madison, passed away before Bob, as did his parents and cherished fur baby, Brighton. Bob’s life is celebrated by his two children, Brett Madison (Michele) of Atlanta and Ashleigh Madison (Matthew Terrero) of Savannah; his three grandchildren who he adored beyond measure: Erin Elizabeth Madison, Meghan Kelly Madison and Hazel Emma Terrero; his step-daughters Kelly Walston of Ocala, FL and Coley Walston of Stuart, FL, whom he loved dearly; and finally, his two younger sisters, Linda Dellazoppa (Paul) of Whittier, CA and Susan Rhodes (Doug) of Port St. Lucie, FL.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Hobgood Cemetery on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 11:00 am in Hobgood, North Carolina.  Following the service, Bob will be laid to rest next to his beloved Tommie.  Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel will be handling the arrangements for Bob’s family, and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting  Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31419 or online by clicking here.

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Nancy Bsrbee
7 days ago

May he rest with God. I worked with Bob for many years at Savannah Foods and Florida Crystals. He was always such a gentleman and friend.