Robert Alan West

August 18, 2013 

Robert Alan West, 80 years old, died on August 13, 2013 of complications from kidney disease and COPD. Bob’s life joys have been cherished times with his family, his love of God and church, and most significantly, the deep and committed love and life he shared with his wife, Mary Nell Meroney West.

Bob was born April 9, 1933 to Fletcher Nathaniel West and Pauline Conrad West. He lived in Winston-Salem all of his life graduating from RJReynolds High school and then graduating with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in accounting. He enjoyed playing tennis at both schools. He and Mary Nell met in high school and were married in 1957. After serving two years in the army, Bob spent most of his working years with Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation while owned by the founder, Vernon Rudolph, then becoming President and CEO after Mr. Rudolph’s death. In the last years of his life, Bob enjoyed doing tax preparation work with Ralph Atkinson, CPA while caring for his beautiful wife first at their home and in these last 3.5 years by visiting her daily at Salemtowne Healthcare Center, where she now resides and lives with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Bob’s interests included supporting Mary Nell in her decorative accessories and fine collectibles business, designing and building miniature chests, spending time with friends and family, and spending as much time as possible at Sunset Beach, NC.

After attending and being very active at Messiah Moravian Church for over 30 years, Bob and Mary Nell joined Centenary Methodist Church. They as a couple have been so blessed to have a life full of wonderful friends, close family relationships, and lives rich in faith, joy and love.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Nell Meroney West, daughter Shawn Hoffman and her husband Damian Hoffman (son John Hoffman), daughters Marcie West (fiancé, Dan Bruton and daughter, Davis) and Mary Water (sons Daniel and Nathan Toben and daughter Marley Toben). Also surviving are his brother, Don West (wife, Elizabeth Irene, and his family), nephew, Steve Duggins (Nancy and children), niece, Sherrie Collins (Jim and children), and cousins in South Carolina, the John P Taylor and Mike Taylor families.

The family is so very grateful to all of the caregivers at Forsyth Hospital, Whitaker Care, Bermuda Commons, Brighton Gardens, The Oaks and Salemtowne that so lovingly cared for Bob in these last 8 months of his life and to Bob Diseker, a Stephen’s Minister from Centenary Church, for his friendship and loving support through these last years of Bob’s life.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Saal at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem at 4:00 on Friday, August 16. A private family internment of ashes will be held prior. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the The Children’s Home, 1001 Reynolda Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 (where Mary Nell’s parents grew up) or Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Online condolences may be made through

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