Robert “Bob” Sweeten 58 of Camp Wood, Texas was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 11th, 2018, at University Hospital in San Antonio surrounded by his family.
Robert Eugene Sweeten was born on October the 2nd, 1959, in Cortez, Colorado, to parents Charles and Julienne Sweeten. He grew up in the Nueces Canyon in the Camp Wood and Uvalde area.
Robert graduated from Uvalde High School in 1978, and from the University of Texas San Antonio with a degree in Accounting.
Shortly after, he married the great love of his life, his High School sweetheart Jacqueline Rebecca Deaver on October 19th, 1979, in Uvalde. He often said that she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen and he never understood why she had said yes. Even after 39 years of marriage you could see them walking down an aisle at the store, across parking lots, down the streets of town, basically anywhere holding hands and giggling as if they were still in high school.
A devoted husband, he would always wake before her, set her coffee on the bedside table, waiting patiently for her to open her eyes, raise to have pillows propped up behind her so they could begin their day with their special time together. As she readied for work he would get out his guitar and play and sing to her the love songs he sang to her in high school, plus add in a few more that he knew would make her laugh hysterically. His beautiful voice would fill the home on a daily basis, whether it was singing praises to God or his favorite country songs. He would sometimes cut conversations short with others saying he needed to get home to make sure his wife was fed and comfortable. Their children knew how much in love their parents were by their actions, and not just by the words they would say to each other. He was selfless to the core.
Robert served our country honorably as a First Lieutenant in the Texas State Guard from 1986-1992. He took whatever job he could to support his family when times were tough but was very successful as a manager for various restaurants, partner for a roofing and remodeling business, and CFO for a Dodge dealership.
His greatest calling however was as a gospel preacher, following in the footsteps of his father and his mother’s father, which he faithfully carried out for over thirty years. He worked tirelessly and with great determination to share the greatest story ever told, the story of Christ. Sometimes affectionately called “Preacher Bob,” he had a way of speaking to you and not at you, and his style of preaching was so sincere and honest that he spoke to your very core. His lessons would always inspire thought. He spoke at lectureships and debates all over the Texas area, and enjoyed his many, many discussions with so many prominent preachers in the brotherhood. When he could no longer preach full-time he found he could reach even more people via the internet and had hundreds and hundreds of bible studies and discussions that kept him involved with his greatest passion….bringing souls to Christ. He strove to remain sound in the Word of the Lord, and preach the truth in season and out, never compromising God’s word, even if it meant great personal sacrifice and loss.
As a father he made it his number one priority to teach his children the importance of having a God-centered life. He was the spiritual head of his family and the spiritual rock that they leaned upon. He also made sure that no matter what conversation he was having with his children he would always end with “I love you” or “I am so proud of you.” He was always there for his children to talk with and to give advice, and he would always say that no matter what they did or where they went in life that the first and most important thing, even more important than their personal happiness was to be a Christian first. His children were his greatest accomplishments and his pride and joy.
As a member of the community, he was beloved. Everybody knew him, everybody respected him and everybody loved having Bob around. He was…selfless. He would give you whatever he had if it made your life more comfortable. He rarely thought of himself but rather always put God first, his family second and everyone else third. He made himself happy by making everyone else happy. There are few people in his beloved hometown of Camp Wood that will not be able to recall a moment when Bob didn’t make them laugh.
If you know anything about the Sweeten Family you know how much they love to sing, and Bob had the sweetest tenor voice of them all. He loved family and he loved singing with family at every possible occasion and it was a ritual to fight with his brothers for the honor to “direct” the family in our singings when we gathered.
It has been said many times that his laughter could bring you warmth, his smile and the twinkle in his beautiful hazel eyes could light up a room, and you always knew when he was fibbing when you saw those dimples in his cheeks.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Julienne Sweeten, and his five unborn babies he and Jackie lost in those early years. What a joyous reunion awaits him there.
He is survived by his wife Jackie Sweeten; son Daniel Sweeten of Austin, son Christopher (Keradwen) Sweeten of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter Rachel Sweeten and fiancé Jonathan Pacheco of Austin; one grandson, Roman Matthias Sweeten of Louisville, Kentucky; brother Jeff (Kelly) Sweeten of Jacksboro, Texas, sister Diana (Mike) Haller of Camp Wood, Texas, brother Rick Sweeten of Austin, Texas, sister Robin (Mike) Gamble of Harper, Texas; and many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and “extended” family.
A service to honor Bob’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Hill Country Church of Christ in Camp Wood, Texas.
Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home of Camp Wood, Texas. The family invites you to leave a condolence at www.nelsonfuneralhomes.net.
The preceding is a paid obituary.