Robert Silas “Bob” Riffee
Robert Silas “Bob” Riffee, 82, of Melbourne, Florida (prior to that from Blackstone, Virginia), passed away on Monday, April 18th, 2018 in Orlando, FL. Bob grew up in Weirton, West Virginia and briefly worked in the steel mills before attending West Virginia University and graduating with a degree in Pharmacy in 1957. He volunteered and served in the Army for two years then began his career as a Pharmacist. In 1963, he began working in Blackstone as a Pharmacist and co-owner of Nottoway Drug Company and eventually become the sole owner. He loved helping people, and one of his favorite business accomplishments was being the long-term pharmaceutical provider to two local nursing homes. He also served as President of the Southside Virginia Pharmaceutical Association and was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the MCV School of Pharmacy. Bob continued running Nottoway Drug Company until it was acquired in 1997 by Eckerd Drug, where he continued to work until he retired a few years later. Bob married Barbara Bullock “Bobbie” Riffee in 1961 in Mechanicsville, VA and lived in Hopewell, VA for two years before moving to Blackstone. Bob loved coaching youth basketball, fishing, playing golf (especially the NRCC Member-Guest tournament), and spending time with his grandchildren. He was very active in the Jaycees, the Presbyterian Church, and the Gideon organization. He loved interacting with others and helping out whenever possible. In 2003, Bob and Bobbie began living part-time in Melbourne, FL, where they enjoyed outdoor activities and watching their grandchildren play youth and high school sports. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Silas and Mae Riffee. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; his son, Keith (Karen) Riffee of Melbourne, FL; and daughter, Tracy (Patrick) Obradovic of Powhatan, VA; his sister, Wilena (Bill) Hoke of Mount Pleasant, SC; and younger brother Bill (Judy) Riffee of Elkins, WV; and his four grandchildren, Jake and Jenna Riffee of Melbourne, FL; Drazen and Declan Obradovic of Powhatan, VA; and his three nieces and four nephews. A visitation will be held at Joseph B. McMillian Funeral Home, 1826 Cox Road, Blackstone, VA, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018. A funeral service will be held at the Blackstone Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Blackstone Presbyterian Church or Gideons International at PO Box 104, Nottoway, VA 23955.