Haley, Dr. Bob

Dr. Robert "Bob" Edward Haley

April 21, 1940 - September 30, 2019

Dr. Robert “Bob” Edward Haley, 79, of McKinney, Texas passed away on September 30, 2019.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Dr. Greg Davis and Rev. Fred Wideman.

Bob was born April 21, 1940 in El Dorado, Arkansas to F.C. and Gladys (Murphy) Haley. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Brenda White August 3, 1963 in Homer, Louisiana. They would develop deep roots in each of the communities where they lived through the years: Shreveport, Louisiana, Hammock Dunes, Florida, and McKinney, Texas.

Bob graduated from Homer High School where he participated in numerous activities and honed his leadership skills. After graduation he attended Louisiana Tech University where he was class president and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. He then attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans where he earned his medical degree in 1965. While in Medical School, he was elected to serve as a faculty liaison as a member of the Aesculapian Society.

Following an anesthesia residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Bob had a distinguished 30-year career at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport. He felt fortunate to be able to give comfort to his fellow man, often in times of their greatest need. During his career, Bob was a friend, mentor, and role model to many medical professionals. Bob was actively engaged in professional associations at all levels. He was chairman of the Anesthesia Department at Schumpert Medical Center, president of the Shreveport Medical Society, president of the Medical Staff of Schumpert Medical Center, president of the Louisiana Society of Anesthesiologists, and many other state and local leadership positions. In 2017, the Shreveport Medical Society recognized him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bob was active in civic affairs as well. He served as the chairman of the Administrative Board and Chairman of the Building Fund, plus many other roles at Broadmoor United Methodist Church-Shreveport. He was also especially proud to have chaired the successful effort to construct the Southern Loop and I-49 Interchange in Shreveport. Louisiana Tech University recognized him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2013. Additionally, Bob served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport and later served on the Board of Directors of Hammock Dunes Country Club in Palm Coast, Florida. He was instrumental in the Audubon Project recognizing both Southern Trace and Hammock Dunes as bird sanctuaries. Together, dynamic duo, Brenda and Bob were honored as Outstanding Civic Volunteers in the Hammock Dunes Community in Florida. 

Bob was a quick wit with a ready smile and a joke – sometimes of the corny variety.  He enjoyed playing golf in many spectacular places with many very special friends.  The golf course in Homer, his first exposure to the game alongside his father, remained important to him.  He was instrumental in developing the annual Homer Heritage Golf Tournament that, under his nurturing, grew into an annual homecoming celebration. He was particularly proud to be recognized as the Lifetime Captain of the Homer Heritage.

Bob epitomized servant leadership with a smile.  His awards and honors are too numerous to list, however, his greatest pride and joy was his family.  He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family – especially his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Brenda Haley of McKinney, Texas; daughters, Helen Warwick and husband, Mike of Marshall, Texas, Elaine West and husband, Adam of Trophy Club, Texas and Laura Wilson and husband, Grant of McKinney, Texas; grandsons, Michael Warwick and wife, Melissa of Richmond, Virginia, Lowry West and Murphy West of Trophy Club, Texas and Aaron Wilson of McKinney, Texas; granddaughters, Amanda Warwick of Arlington, Virginia and Julia Wilson of McKinney, Texas; great-granddaughter, Emily Warwick of Richmond, Virginia; brother, Dr. Benjamin P. Haley and wife, Rebecca of Ruston, Louisiana; sister, Dr. Elizabeth Haley of Lubbock, Texas; and numerous other loving family and friends.

Bob requested he be remembered though memorials rather than flowers. Memorials may be made in Bob’s memory to Louisiana Tech University Foundation, Bob and Brenda Haley Endowment, P. O. Box 3183, Ruston, Louisiana 71272 or First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 357, Homer, Louisiana 71040.

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I sent Bob's obituary to all the George Ford children as they would want to know about him. I was out of town so I missed a memorial service that was surely full of wonderful memories. It would have been nice to see you, Bess, Freddie Wideman and many wonderful friends of your family and mine. With love, Carol Carol Ford Reisz, November 13, 2019 Dear Brenda and Family, So very sad for all of you. Know in Bob's heart he hated to leave you all. There are not enough words to describe what a wonderful person he was. Love to all and we look forward to seeing you Sat. Becca
Becca & Dick Drummond, November 4, 2019 Brenda, We were so sad to learn of Bob's death. He was such a wonderful man, doctor, husband, father, and community citizen. His death will leave a void in the world. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Much love, Sylvia and Carl
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Goodman, November 3, 2019 I first met Dr. Haley when I began babysitting for his 3 girls. I lived around the corner from the family in Spring Lake. Later on down the road, Dr. Haley was the anesthesiologist for my c-sections. He was one of the most dedicated and kindest doctors I had ever met. Dr. Haley will always be remembered by my family and me. May the memories you all shared with him live in your hearts forever! Fondly, Patti Crane Roberts, Shreveport, LA
Patti Crane Roberts, November 3, 2019 My deepest condolences on your loss. So glad to have had the chance to meet Dr. Haley. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. George Ray, October 16, 2019 We are so saddened to learn of Bob’s recent death. Jerry and I have so many fond memories that include our families together. In many ways we all grew up together in Shreveport - especially in the Cornerstone Class and when we both worked at Schumpert. We will join you at the memorial service at Broadmoor. Please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Jerry and Mary Catherine Jerry and Mary Catherine Googe, October 15, 2019 I am going to miss my hugs. I met Brenda and Bob at our neighborhood Christmas party and have been close friends since. Bob was a very special, kind, sincere and loving person, he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him!
Emmy , October 8, 2019 Dear Brenda and family, Please accept my condolences on your loss of Bob. Claude held him in highest regard as a partner and I as a nurse felt his gentlemanly competence when he was administering anesthesia. He was a joy to work with. Sending you prayers of comfort, Caroline. Caroline Tait, October 7, 2019 I was an anesthesia partner of Bob at Schumpert. I give him credit for providing me the opportunity to practice with the premier anesthesia group in Shreveport in 1982. Not every doctor has the opportunity to start their practice with such a great person to be their mentor in life and their medical practice. Being a "Homerite" as Bob, I felt an obligation to maintain the reputation that Bob had set for doctors from Homer. He was such a great leader for our group whether as president or just a partner. He led our group with common sense, fairness, kindness, and professionalism. He was such a great teacher for me in all areas of medicine and leadership. He was the best. I was honored to be his partner, but more importantly to be his friend. I was so fortunate, because most people will never meet such a great guy, and I had the opportunity to work along side of him and learn the right way to do things. The world lost a great person. David Deas MD, October 6, 2019 Brenda and family -- may each day bring a lessening of sorrow and peaceful reminders of wonderful Bob, and the love which will live forever in your hearts. Blessings and deepest sympathy! Pat H. Curtis, October 6, 2019 Dear Friends, so very sorry for you loss. I will be holding you in my prayers.
Pat Young, October 5, 2019 A caring, wise man who always made a positive contribution to anything in which he was involved. Leu and Bill Wilder, October 5, 2019 I was privileged to be among the many friends of Dr. Bob Haley. Once you were fortunate to be accepted into the club, you had a lifetime membership. One of Bob’s greatest traits was faithfulness to the important things in his life; his God, family, profession, university, and hometown, among others. Bob always sought to make everything in life better than it had been. He was exceptionally bright, and enjoyed discussing things large, and small, even politics. He was a good listener and was willing to hear the other person’s opinion, even when he may have disagreed. The best of his life was his 56-year marriage to Brenda. The proof of that marvelous union is seen in the generations that have flowed through the decades, with beauty and accomplishment. There are no doubts about the destination of his own journey. He has been that good and faithful servant who has run his race to the finish. Rest In Peace, dear friend. Stan Tiner, Gulfport, MS
Stan Tiner, October 4, 2019 Wish you had come into our life sooner. Such a privilege to have you as a neighbor and friend. Rest In Peace of Christ, my friend. Barbara and Gene Robinson, October 3, 2019 Bob was my brother! He was in every respect an outstanding yet humble person. He loved life and lived it well but most of all he loved Brenda, Helen, Elaine and Laura and all his family. What a great person in every way. I believe at this moment he and our Dad are playing golf in Heaven. St Peter welcomed him with a big smile and threw opened the Gates to Heaven with Jesus and the angels singing, This is a grand day for us. Well done! Love, Ben Ben P Haley, October 3, 2019 Laura- So sorry for you, your Mom, your sisters and all the grandkids. I know it has been a rough time for you all and we are thinking about you. Karen Sood & Family, October 3, 2019 Bob was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor. I sat on a club board with him, traveled on a couple of very memorable golf outings that Bob organized...his humor was always a major part of the events and kept the participants on a level, enjoyable plane. I am certain that his family members will miss him but so will his many associates.
Dennis Vohs, October 3, 2019 Unforgettable...that’s what you are, Bob Haley. A true gentleman and friend. Hammock Dunes’ loss was your family’s gain and that is as it should be. A life very well lived. Love, Karyn and Jim
Karyn Jacobs , October 3, 2019 I am so sorry for the loss of such a great man and father. Laura, this year has been losses of great “dads”, you and your family will be in my prayers. Leah Hudson Teta, October 3, 2019 Bob and Brenda have provided us with many good memories from our golfing trips to our dinners together. One of my golfing memories is of Bob giving Spiro Cosse a golfing lesson every time we hit the golf course. Spiro did not need any lessons! He beat us regularly. I will miss Bob as I do Spiro. Bob's life was a "life well lived". We wish Brenda and the family peace during this sad time.
Bill & Frankie Houchin, October 3, 2019 Bob and Becca, Sending my love and prayers that God will comfort and bless you during this sad time. Love and peace, Ann Ann Messier, October 3, 2019 My sincere sympathies to Dr Bob’s family. He will be missed. Lou Taylor, October 2, 2019 I enjoyed meeting and knowing Bob in our Senior Golf League. After he had a long absence from playing, I said: "Bob, haven’t seen you around lately. How are you doing?" To which he replied, in his clever wit..."I’m still moseying along, I just don’t kick up as much dust as I used to!" Always will remember that positive outlook at the end. RIP, Bob.
Dan Bonal, October 2, 2019 We lost a very special man when Uncle Bob awoke in heaven. We will miss him terribly. But we are grateful for an endless list of wonderful memories. Ever cheerful, inquiring, and encouraging, Uncle Bob will always remain in our hearts. Our loss is heaven’s gain. We are praying for you, Aunt Brenda, and for Helen, Elaine, Laura, and our entire family. We love you. Susan and Doug Rogers, October 2, 2019 I had the pleasure of working with Bob during my practice of Gyn Oncology at Schumpert. A real professional and gentleman. RIP. George Phillips MD, October 2, 2019 I saw in your messages how much you loved and respected your dad. Fathers and daughters have a special bond. Prayers for you & yours.
Peggy Potter, October 2, 2019 Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. Sheri Doss, October 2, 2019 Sending much love and prayers to you, the girls, and their beautiful families. Bob was a wonderful person, and I’m glad to have known him. Bob Flurry has the link for special stories, and I’m sure he will have some to share! Judy Flurry, October 2, 2019 Bob was one of the sweetest dads I've known. He was so much fun, had such great wit and always shared a smile and encouragement. I never heard him utter a negative word. He raised beautiful, strong, intelligent girls full of grace and warmth and was a joy to watch with Brenda. The love and true friendship were just so obvious. God shined His blessings through this strong man. I'm so lucky to have been able to bask in the glow. I loved growing up around him and being fortunate enough to continue knowing him in my adult life as well even though we crossed miles to do that. The Haley family is a reflection of the love Bob and Brenda give. I love you, Dr. Haley and will miss your smile. Kendall Hanna Vealey, October 2, 2019