KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Memorial Services for an active firefighter and Lenoir County Fire Department president have been announced.
According to Southwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue a memorial service for Bobby Glenn Deaver is scheduled for Aug 10th. The service will take place at Tanglewood Church in Kinston. Visitation is scheduled for 5:30pm with the service to follow at 7 o’clock.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol say Deaver was killed in an accident on August 6th.
Troopers say the 54-year-old was walking south on Jessie T. Bryan Road in Kinston when a car, traveling in the same direction, hit him. Deaver died at the scene.
According to Southwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Mr. Deaver was an active firefighter and president of the board.
People who have known Deaver for decades are reflecting on his sudden death.
“When I first heard it I was… I couldn’t believe it,” his long time friend Jimmy Cheever said. “Because you always, I mean, anything can happen at anytime.”
Cheever says the two first met over twenty years ago repairing power lines for energy companies after hurricanes and ice storms.
“From South Beach to Tulsa, just all over the place,” Cheever said. “We went on a bunch of these storms and worked real close together.”
He says the two developed a strong friendship.
“There is a special relationship we all have with each other,” Cheever said. “It’s the same as policeman, firefighters, we look out for each other, we are our brother’s keeper.”
Deaver was both a lineman and a firefighter, joining the Southwood Volunteer Fire Department at the age of 16.
“Just an all around great guy,” Southwood Volunteer Fire Department Craig Jarman said. “I mean always there to help whether it was fire service related or just lending a helping hand to a neighbor through his work experience with uh Due Progress, I mean he had a wealth of knowledge in that field and was always willing to help.”
They say he committed his life to serving others and made an impact on every one he knew.
“We have a lot of the young members of our department now that are there because of Glenn and his influence,” Jarman said.
“The people that you know, they may not be here tomorrow,” Cheever said. “No one is promised tomorrow. Knowing Glenn for me was a blessing and I’m a better person for having known him.”