Robert Lee “ RL” Tew III, 70, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at FirstHealth Hospice House, Pinehurst, NC, surrounded by his family.

RL was a native of Moore County and a graduate of North Moore High School, class of 1970. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. His family was very important to him and he loved spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. RL was employed by the North Carolina Department of Correction, working at Moore, Hoke and Mccain Prison Units.  He was a Food Service Technology Instructor at Montgomery Community College and a Certified Crematory Operator for Powell Funeral Home until his retirement. RL served his community over the years in many roles: Auxiliary Police officer for the Town of Robbins,member of the Robbins Rescue Squad, Town Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem.  RL enjoyed golf, coaching Pee Wee football, high school football, classic car shows, time at the lake, and conversations with his friends.  He was a faithful member of his church, where he has served as Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent.  RL was a son of the late Robert Lee Tew II and Thelma Parson Tew.

RL is survived by his wife of 8 1/2 years, Brenda; son: Robert Lee “Rob” Tew IV and wife Emily; grandchildren: Ella Marie, Robert V; siblings: Bobbie Stringfellow and husband Ed, Linda Addington and husband Phil, Sue Underwood, Mark Tew; many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Funeral service will be 3:00 PM, Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Robbins First Baptist Church with Dr Kenneth McNeill and Reverend Mike Green officiating. The body will lie in repose, prior to the service beginning at 1:30 PM. Burial will follow at Pine Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Robbins First Baptist Church,  P O Box 400, Robbins, NC 27325,  FirstHealth Hospice, 155 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC.

Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Tew family.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. I finished High School with R. L. He was always nice and friendly wherever I saw him!! Read Psalm 23 and John 14 for comfort, help and strength for now and in the days ahead!!!

    Paul and Linda Horner

  2. We are so saddened by RL’s passing. He was our high school classmate as well as lifelong friend. Love and prayers for his family.

  3. Brenda I am so sorry. Just want you to know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. RL will be missed by all that knew him. Love you sweet lady.

  4. R.L. was a very good man who really cared for his family and friends. I met him when my neighbors Katherine Parson and Josephine were sick and he was always there for them. He truly loved and cared for others and his family! He was a special person! Prayers for the family!

  5. Our sincere sympathy for the loss of a special man. R.L. was always such a nice and friendly person and a friend to many. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  6. My sincere Sympathy to all of R.L.’s family! He was always a friend and Leon thought very highly of him! Always a quiet respectful man and will be missed by all who knew him!

  7. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family for the loss of R.L., our dear friend and classmate.
    R.L. was a kind and gentle man who loved his family and friends. His passing will leave a void in the hearts of so many who loved him. May God Bless and comfort you and give you His peace.
    Until we meet again our friend, Rest In Peace.

  8. Please accept our sincere condolences. We’ve known RL for most of our lives, and he always had time for a friendly chat whenever we saw him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family now and in the days to come.

  9. With deepest sympathy, l am so sorry for your loss,to the family. Connie and Rob and all family . You are I’m my prayers.

  10. Sorry to hear of the passing of RL. I worked with him for years and after our retirement when we would meet we would always have small talk. He was a wonderful person.

  11. I was so sorry to hear about RL’s passing. I worked with him at MCC and he was always such a gentleman. My prayers are with his family. God bless.

  12. Rob, Mrs. Tew and family, Kim and I ,Shannon, Kirk are all grieved for you in the loss of RL. For well over 40 years RL has been our friend and encourager, Always kind and interested in us and other people. A great and loyal friend to Bill, Charlie, Carl . He will be missed. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  13. No words to express the sadness I feel for the loss of RL He was my classmate and we shared the same birthday. Special prayers fro Rob!

  14. Thoughts & prayers go out to all the family. Rick worked with R.L. at MCC for many years. We still would run into him from time to time. He was always a very caring and kind person. We know he will be greatly missed. Please take comfort from the Word of God, it truly will help. Love, Brenda & Ricky Williamson

  15. R.L. was such a special person. He and his family meant so much to me. I’m so very sorry for this great loss.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about RL. We grew up in the Baptist Church in Robbins, and he was a close friend of my brother, Bobby Lassiter. I know he will be missed by all who knew him! Godspeed RL.

  17. My sympathy goes out to all the Tew family.He was such a kind caring man who always had a smile and a good word! Praying for all the family 🙏🙏

  18. I am so saddened to hear of R.L.’s passing. We were in school together and he was always a pleasure to be around. He will be missed by all who knew him. He’s up there now with Roy Phillips, his BFF in their childhood years. Condolences to the family.
    Mona Heath Kirkland

  19. RL was one of the kindest person you would ever come in contact with. He will be missed by so many. Our hearts and prayers for Brenda and Rob and all the family.

  20. Brenda ,Rob and family. Our deepest sympathy for all. R.L. will truly be missed by family and friends. Seek God for comfort and guidance for the days ahead.
    We will keep the family in our prayers. Love to all.

  21. Brenda and family: I am so sorry to hear of R. L.’s passing – while he was at Montgomery Community College, I always knew I had a friend. He was always a gentleman and I am proud to have known him.

  22. R.L. was very special to Shelby as was the entire Tew family. We are praying for GOD’S peace and comfort during this time.
    The Chase Family

  23. Brenda, Rob and family, My sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of R L. He was a friend and 1970 classmate of mine. Please know that you have and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May all the precious memories you have of R L bring you comfort now and a smile to your hearts in the future. Love to your family and friends 🙏Rest In Peace my friend♥️

  24. RL is one kindest people we have ever known. He was always giving to others and lived the Golden Rule in all it’s good spirit.
    We look forward to see RL again.
    Our love to Brenda and the family. Teena and Harry Myrick

  25. So sorry to hear about RL he was a very nice classmate of 1970 and always friendly. praying for the family. Libby Richardson

  26. Rev.Dr.R.J. Freeman,D.D.,PhD. My condolences to the family for my friend and former classmate. May God bless and comfort you all.

  27. My condolences to the family. R l was a classmate (1970) and friend of mine and he will be truly missed. He was a kind and gracious man. I believe that the angels in heaven rejoiced when he went to be with them! May God richly bless you all and comfort you during this time of need. Sincerely, Dr. Freeman.

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