Robert Martin McLucas, Sr., died at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., on January 21, 2020, after a brief illness. Bob, as he was called by friends and family, was 86.
Bob was born on August 7, 1933, in Atlanta, Ga., to John Roy and Louise (nee Martin) McLucas. He grew up in Conyers, Ga. After graduating high school, Bob worked as a machinist at the Callway Mills Company in Milstead, Ga.
In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as an airborne submarine-tracking sonar technician during the Korean War. Bob achieved the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician Petty Officer 1st Class. He was discharged from the Naval Reserve Service with full honors in 1961.
With a natural affinity for mathematics and electronics, Bob returned to Atlanta after four years of active duty in the Navy to attend Georgia Institute of Technology. He later studied electronics at Southern Polytechnical State University and taught classes at Dekalb Technical College. In 1958, Bob accepted a job at Scientific Atlanta in Tucker, Ga., from where he retired after serving 40 years in a variety of roles.
In 1961, Bob married Patricia Lanelle George of Lithonia, Ga., and in 1968, they welcomed a son, Robert (Robbie) Martin McLucas, Jr. Bob and Patricia retired to Asheville in 2003. Bob is survived by his wife, son and daughter-in-law Jennifer (nee Vincenzo) McLucas.
A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11 at 2 p.m. at the chapel at the Western Carolina Veterans Cemetery located at 962 Old U.S. Hwy. 70 in Black Mountain, N.C. In lieu of flower, the family requests donations be made in Bob’s memory to the WNC Bridge Foundation, which financially supports MountainCare where Bob was a participant in their adult day services.
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