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Dr. Bob Dean Lynch

August 31, 1935 — March 23, 2024

Gate City, VA

Dr. Bob D. Lynch, a beloved pastor and servant of the Lord, peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2024, in Dandridge, TN, at the age of 88. He was born on August 31, 1935, and his life was a testament to his unwavering commitment to God and the spiritual nourishment of his congregation.

For three decades, Dr. Lynch served as the esteemed Pastor of First Baptist Church in Gate City, VA, where he profoundly impacted the lives of many through his preaching, teaching, and compassionate ministry. His influence extended beyond Gate City, as he also ministered in Petersburg, VA, Deltaville, VA, Morristown, TN, and Maryville, TN, leaving a lasting impact on each community he served.

A graduate of Carson-Newman College, Dr. Lynch furthered his education and earned a Doctor of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He faithfully served as a member of the Virginia Baptist Board in Richmond, VA, until his well-deserved retirement.

Known for his deep faith, humility, and boundless compassion, Dr. Lynch's acts of kindness and generosity touched the lives of countless individuals. He will forever be remembered for his gentle spirit, steadfast dedication to his faith, and tireless devotion to serving others. He will also be remembered as the “Voice of the Gate City Blue Devils”, where he served many years as the public address announcer for Blue Devil football. 

Dr. Lynch’s wife (Billie) predeceased him in 2019, along with a grandchild (Joshua) in 1992. He is survived by his children, Dean (Jackie); Mike (LuAnn); and Dale (Shannon). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jon-Michael, Paige, Cody, Zachary (Leslie), and Ryan (Kendra), along with several great grandchildren. His many friends and loved ones will miss him dearly.  His legacy will endure through the countless lives he touched and the hearts he uplifted with his ministry.

A celebration of Dr. Lynch's life (viewing) will be held at Gate City Funeral Home in Gate City, VA on Wednesday, March 27 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery on Thursday, March 28 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to a church or a charitable organization of your choice in memory of Dr. Lynch.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

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