Dr. Bob G. Figgins

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January 17, 1940 - January 12, 2020
Born in Caruthersville, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Dr. Bob G. Figgins, of Saint Charles, MO, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 79. He was born in Caruthersville, Missouri, January 17, 1940 and was loving husband of 54 years to Melba Figgins; beloved son of the late Glen and Laura Figgins; devoted father of Anne (Michael) Schoch, Robert (Carissa) Figgins and Michael (Ember) Figgins; cherished grandfather of Emma, Chloe, Samuel, Lily, Nicholas, and Alexander; Bob is also preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry Figgins and J.W. Figgins..

Bob was a dedicated college professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He taught for 46 years and served as the Chairman of the Economics and Finance Department for 34 years. He was a devoted member of the Martin Church of Christ in Martin Tennessee for 44 years and the O’Fallon Church of Christ in O’Fallon, Missouri for two years.

Family meant everything to Bob. He was a supportive father, and an enthusiastic soccer coach, teller of bad jokes and knew the Bible inside and out. Bob cherished his family, especially his grandchildren. He built the family home and instilled a foundation of faith, love and passion of education to his family. Bob was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be made in Bob's name to The Bob Figgins Mentoring Award at University of Tennessee at Martin and The Sparrows Nest in O’Fallon, Missouri

The Bob Figgins Mentoring Award at University of Tennessee at Martin
Two ways to make a gift. A check can be addressed to UT Foundation. In the memo, put Bob Figgins Faculty Mentoring and Advising Award. It can be mailed to Office of University Advancement, 329 Administration Building, Martin, TN 38238.
The second way is online. Go to alumni.utm.edu. In upper right corner, and select make a gift. Under select an area of support, select Search for College, School or Preferred Fund, and type Figgins in search box, and select the award.
If you need to speak with them, call Dana Prince at 731.881.7629. Office of Advancement.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Ross and Jill McKnight, Brendan and Ian January 13, 2020 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    candle 8Our condolences to the family. Bob was a wonderful man and we were blessed to know him.

  2. Cindy Warren January 14, 2020 at 2:48 am - Reply

    candle 3I am so sorry to learn that Bob passed. I cannot quite form my words. JW, Jerry, and Bob were great cousins and fine men, each with their very different careers but all family men who lead by example. Look how nice their kids are! Melba, I am so sorry. Love you. Cousin Cindy

  3. jolene cunningham January 14, 2020 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Dr. Figgins was a wonderful teacher. I will never forget how he could make a subject like econ bearable. He had a great spirit and he will be greatly missed

  4. Ed Knight January 14, 2020 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Obviously the College of Business was blessed to have his services for many years.

  5. Peggy Davis January 14, 2020 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Melba and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know Bob will be missed by all.

  6. John Overby January 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    candle 8Melba and family,
    So sorry to learn of the passing of Bob. Needless to say the sorrow is felt by many. His spirit as chair was a guiding light for me as his fellow-chair. I learned that all things were: “all but done”. He blessed us with his presence and perseverance. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John Overby

  7. Vanessa Redondo January 14, 2020 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    candle 3Bob, Carissa, Emma, Sam, Alex, Melba and family, we are praying hard for all of you. God will give you all the strength to go through this difficult time. We send you a huge hug from Costa Rica from Vanessa, Mario, Mario Andrés and Marialaura.

  8. Mary Ruth Gibbons January 14, 2020 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. I have many good memories of time spent will Bob and Melba. May your memories comfort you.
    In Christian love, Mary Ruth

  9. Robert & Ina Stone January 14, 2020 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace Dr. Bob, you will be missed.

  10. Brenda January 14, 2020 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Melba so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. I know he will be missed. Thinking of you during this time. A hug for you. Brenda Campbell

  11. Bill Austin January 14, 2020 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    A great friend and colleague. The entire Figgins family contributed so much to the Martin Community and to the University.

  12. Curtis McKnight January 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Bob was as close to a brother as I will ever have. He has been a part of my life for as long as I’ve been alive (four years older than me). I have never faced a world without Bob in it. All I can say is that it will be darker and a lot less fun. Be at peace, Bob.

  13. Barry and Pam Harris January 14, 2020 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    candle 5We were so saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. We remember so many good things about him, including his good heart and dry wit. We know you will miss him greatly, and our heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. Prayers for comfort in the days ahead.

  14. Bill Davis January 15, 2020 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Bob was chair of the department when I was hired at UT-Martin some 30 years ago. He was always professional, caring and supportive of my career. I have the utmost respect for him My condolences go out to his entire family.

  15. Julie Floyd January 15, 2020 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Dear Melba,

    I am thinking about you and your family. I love and miss you! We are praying for peace and comfort.

    Julie Floyd

  16. Suzanne Justen January 15, 2020 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I’m sending love to all of his family. Sue Gateley Justen

  17. Debbie Harris January 17, 2020 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    candle 1To Melba and all of the Figgins family–My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I had the pleasure of working for Dr. Figgins (still can’t call him Bob) for several years. He was the best boss I’ve ever had and always made me feel like a member of your family. The impact he had on people will be felt for years to come. Melba, I still remember when John sent me flowers for our anniversary and Dr. Figgins thought he had forgotten your anniversary. It took me an hour to convince him that it really was my anniversary too. So many good times…I know you will all miss him so much. Honestly, until now, I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed him. Remember all the good times, I know there were many. All my love, Debbie Harris

  18. John Overby January 18, 2020 at 10:45 am - Reply

    candle 3Melba, Not knowing how else to contact you, I apologize for not attending the memorial service for Bob this morning. Tammy and I had planned to attend, but I awoke with a sinus infection that has my head aching, stiff neck and not feeling my best. Bob, you, and the family have been on my mind all this week with the pending common birthday of Bob and me yesterday. After a cup of coffee yesterday, I sang Happy Birthday to Bob for :old times sake”. Please know that Bob is fully on my mind today.

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