Bobbie Wayne "Bob" Fox

Bobbie Wayne "Bob" Fox, 70 of Tyler, Texas went home to be with his Heavenly Father after his fight with cancer. Bobbie passed in his home surrounded by family on Thursday June 15, 2017. Bobbie was born in San Angelo, Texas to William Branson Fox and Mary Hunt Fox on August 11, 1946. He was the youngest of two boys in the Fox home. After being widowed by his loving wife of 35 years, Bob married Ann Neill of Tyler in May of 2010. The two were united in marriage in Duncan, Oklahoma. Bob is survived by his wife Ann, three sons, Steven W. Fox and wife Sonya of Flint, TX, Joe Fox and wife Dani of Westport WA, Branson Fox of Oak Harbor, WA, two step-children, Trampas Freeman and wife Cascey of Overton, TX, Michelle Aarant of Tyler, TX and twelve grandchildren. After serving 34 years in the United States Navy, Bob retired as Command Master Chief (E-9) in May of 1985. During his service to our country, Bob served as a Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor for 17 years and as Command Master Chief for 10 ½ years. Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1964, after attending Recruit Training in Corpus Christi, Texas, entered active duty in July of 1965. He was subsequently assigned to three different destroyers, the USS Osborne, the USS Rupurtus, and USS Walke, before receiving an Honorable Discharge in July of 1967. He enlisted in the Navy for a second time in January 1973, and was immediately assigned to Submarine Development Group One in Point Loma, California. He advanced to GMG3 and reported to Gunner's Mate Class "C" School for training on 5-inch 54 Mark 42 Model 9 and 10 gun systems. After completion of his formal training, he was assigned to the USS Towers. In January of 1979, he reported to Fleet Training Center as an instructor, then went on to the USS Stein as Leading Chief Petty Officer of Gun Division in March 1982. After transferring to the USS Fox in July 1985, he was advanced to Senior Chief in March 1987. Soon after, he went to Recruit Training Command, San Diego, as Recruit Company Commander. Bob advanced to Master Chief in September of 1990, and subsequently served onboard the USS Vincennes and USS Okinawa as Command Master Chief. After a tour with Navy Recruiting District, Memphis and on completion of Senior Enlisted Academy in March 1996, he arrived at his final assignment as Command Master Chief for VAQ-137. Senior Chief Wayne Patton stated that Bob defined "shipmate" and was always looking out for his troops no matter what the circumstance day in and day out. He received a congratulatory letter and commendations signed by the President of the United States, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Personnel. Bob's decorations, medals, and ribbons included: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (twice), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement (4 times), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon (twice), Good Conduct Medal (8 times), National Defense, Armed Services Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (4 times), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment (9 times), Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Kuwait Libertarian Medal (Kuwait), Riffle Marksmanship Medal (E), Pistol Marksmanship Medal (S), Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, and the Gold Wreath Award (4 times). After retirement from the Navy, Bob spent some time as an over the road truck driver before retiring in earnest in 1990. Bob loved the outdoors, loved people and would always brighten a room. He spent several years riding with the Patriot Guard of Southwest Oklahoma and the Patriot Guard of East Texas. Bob was a God-fearing man who loved his country and his family.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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