WILMINGTON — Osmyn Orlando “Bob” Tesh III, 89, peacefully passed Thursday, July 8, 2021. Bob was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Winston-Salem to Osmyn and Susie Clark Tesh. He was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School, North Carolina State University (Chemical Engineering) and UNC-Chapel Hill (MBA).
Bob served as an Air Force navigator during and after the Korean War. While in service at Charleston, South Carolina. he met and married his wife of 63 years, Bertha S. Miley, of Branchville, South Carolina. They were blessed with two children.
He worked for Union-Camp, Weyerhaeuser and Federal Paper Board Company as project engineer and systems analyst. He was an advisor to Explorer Post No. 1 in Franklin, Virginia, and served in multiple officer roles with the Lion’s Club of Plymouth, North Carolina. He volunteered for over 15 years with the New Hanover County VITA Tax Program. Bob enjoyed singing in choral ensembles, barbershop groups and church choirs. He and Bertha enjoyed square and round dancing with the 76ers. Bob was also a professional ballroom dance instructor. Bob was a member of American Legion Post 10 and a life member of the local Chapter 11 Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his sister, Betty Quarles of Seaford, Virginia; wife, Bertha; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kathy Tesh of Houston, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Jay Jackson of Swansboro; grandsons, Carter Tesh of Los Angeles, California, and Christopher N. Jackson of Charlotte; and granddaughter, Lauren J. Mitchell, and her husband, Jordan, of Greensboro.
Bob would like to thank his family, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, friends and associates for enriching his life.
A memorial gathering will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in honor of Bob to New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403.
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