Longtime Florida Jeweler Robert DuBose Dies

Robert “Bob” G. DuBose, 90, owner of DuBose Jewelers in Vero Beach, Fla. and a local city councilman, died May 3 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, according to an obituary on Legacy.com.

DuBose served in the U.S. Navy as well as the U.S. Navy Reserve. According to a store history printed in local newspaper TC Palm, in 1949, DuBose joined his father Oscar in the family business, J.C. DuBose and Sons Jewelers, which had been started by his grandfather J.C. in 1912. At one point, the business numbered seven stores along the Treasure Coast of Florida, and the entire family pitched in to run things.

DuBose and Sons is still operating and family-owned. In 2012 it celebrated its 100th anniversary. Eventually, Bob retired, but his obituary notes that he kept working well into his “retirement.”

In addition to running his jewelry store, DuBose served on the Vero Beach City Council and Indian River County School Board. He was also a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in Vero Beach, which was founded by his grandfather, as well as a past president and 40-year member of the Vero Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors including Patsy Roberts DuBose, his wife of nearly 72 years; sons Ray (Linda) DuBose of Newnan, Ga.; John (Peggy) DuBose of Okeechobee, Fla.; and Michael (Sandy) DuBose of Vero Beach; daughters Sherry (John) Wachtel of Gainesville, Fla.; Terry Anne (Fred) Parker of Vero Beach; and Merry (Patrick) Cobb of Columbia, S.C.; brother Fred DuBose of Vero Beach; grandchildren Rob (Cindy), Charlotte (Scott) , Joy, Tammy, Timothy (Karen), Todd (Tonya), Troy, Betsy (Bernard), David (Jennifer), Kelly (Kelly), Madison, and Allison; great-grandchildren Callie, James, Cody, Ida Lee, Sarah, Yates, Sage, Brie, Kylee, Trasin, Taylor, Emily, Delaney, Trevor, Braddock, Isaiah, and Peyton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 2206 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

Image from Legacy.com

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