Robert was born to Charmaine Bowman in Compton, California, on June 22, 1980. He was the adopted son of Erma S. Brundage. Erma brought Robert home from the hospital when he was only two days old. All the way from Los Angeles to San Diego, Erma held Robert on her lap, gazing into his face and could not believe that something so beautiful and precious was hers. What a wonderful relationship they had until God decided to call him home.
Robert was in the first class of students at the Mt. Erie Christian Academy. Most of his education was obtained overseas due to his mother being employed by the Department of Defense and worked and lived in several countries. She never accepted a position if Robert could not accompany her. They went everywhere together and were known as "the woman with the little boy!" His elementary years were spent mostly in Seoul, South Korea; junior high in The Philippines; high school in Germany and Turkey. Returning to the States while in high school, Robert graduated from Mark Twain High School in the Mira Mesa Area of San Diego, in June 1998.
While living overseas, Robert and Erma traveled all over the Pacific arena; all over Europe, to include Paris. They viewed the Leaning Tower at Pisa, Italy; watched the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace; spent a day at the Vatican; and saw the Tulip Parade in Holland. Before the wall between East and West Berlin came down, they had the opportunity to cross over into communist East Berlin. While in Turkey, they traveled to Egypt and entered the Pyramids. But, their most memorable travel was to the Holy Land, dangling their feet in the Jordan River, and walking where Jesus walked.
When living overseas, Robert attended the protestant services in the military base chapels. Whenever he was in San Diego, he attended Mt Erie Baptist Church under the excellent leadership of Rev. Dr. Walter G. Wells. He was in Sunday School and Church every Sunday. He sang in the Kids' choir and was in several Sunday School programs. When Robert was 16 years old, and with Erma sitting in the choir stand, he made the personal decision during the invitation to walk down and turn his life over to God. He was baptized the following Sunday.
Immediately after graduating high school Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1998, and received an honorable discharge in 2001. Although Robert held several positions, his passion was driving 18-wheeler rigs, and he did this for over 13 years. His last employment was with Pride Logistics, Inc., in Palmdale, California.
Robert was a warm and loving person, very respectful and caring. He was a man of few words. He was loved by so, so many all over the world. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Raiders fan.
Robert was preceded into God's waiting arms by his aunts, Ruby Brown and Robbie Mitchell; uncle, Ernest Cofield; and cousin Ricky Jones.
Robert leaves to cherish his memory, his mothers, Erma and Charmaine; sons, Robert, Jr., Reese, Ryan, Ramir, and Roman; daughter, Brelynn; sisters, Toni, Ericka, & Yvette; brother, Joe; cousins; Debra, Cheryl (Ashley), Denise, Rene, Willie, Jr., Maurice, Charles, Micah, Jessica, James (Venasha), Tiffany (Aaron), Gregory, Ashley, Robert, Jasmine, Mona, and Alexis; and a very special friend, Tameisha White. He leaves a host of other relatives and very close friends.
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