Pause Broken Dreams by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
Share This Obituary
Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Robert by adding your memories and photos.


Send Flowers
 Send Flowers

Memories & Candles

“To Robert's family: I knew Robert well during the early 1960s and simply want to send sympathy to you all. I just learned of his passing, so just...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Rebecca Hutchins May - VA

“bob and i were good friends, he alway had such a good attitude was good to be around. most of the time that we were around each other denny thompson...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: lee hamilton - quincy, IL

“To the family of Robert A (Bob) Rand, You have my sympathy in your time of loss. Bob and I were classmates from 1st through 12th grades. Even...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Mealiff - Quincy, IL

“Bob and I along with Denny Thomson were great frienda all through High School. Haven't seen Bob since our 15th or 20th class renunion. I know he's in...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Wayne Fessler - Mendon, IL

“Dear Betty, Warren, and family, just wanted to let you know my heart is heavy, as yours is as well. It is really hard to know my "little brother" is...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Shirley Lucas - Long Grove, IA

“Dear Aunt Betty & Warren, Of course, I'm so very sorry to hear of Uncle Bob's passing (I have a chuckle here because I bet there aren't too...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: CJ Albertson (Cathy Jo Balsar) - IA

“Betty, We go back a long way to First Baptist church in the 1950's and 1960's. I can remember the tall guy who didn't say a whole lot at first. Over...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jack Snypes - Charlotte, NC

“Betty and Warren you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob will always be remembered for his great smile and ongoing sense of humor! ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Linda and Glenn Chitty - Clayton, NC

“A truly loyal friend, Robert will be missed by many. I enjoyed our golf outings and relaxing times at Olde Beau. Will miss his humor, hospitality,...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jack Schmidt - Clemmons, NC

“I met Robert at Olde Beau. I wish I had met him years before as he was one of the most sincere and appreciated friends I have every had. I will...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Bill Buchanan - NC - Friend

Robert A. Rand, 70 years old, of Goldsboro and Roaring Gap, N.C. passed away after a brief illness.

Born in Mendon, Illinois to Arlo and Geraldine Rand, Robert joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB as well as the American Embassy in New Delhi, India. After military service, Robert completed his undergraduate education at East Carolina University and began a successful career in business, holding positions in banking, accounting and real estate.

Robert had a profound love of the outdoors and always considered the Blue Ridge mountains to be his second home. Robert was an avid golfer and recorded two holes-in-one at the Olde Beau Golf Club where he was a member. Robert had a passion for flying and was a licensed pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of America.

Robert is survived by his wife Betty Best Rand of Goldsboro, their son Warren Patrick Rand and his wife Shannon McCann Rand, and their children Sawyer and Avery Rand, all of New York City. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Rand of Quincy, Illinois and his family, and a sister, Shirley Lucas of Davenport, Iowa and her family. Additional survivors are his brother in law C. Graham Best, his wife Billye of Goldsboro, and their children.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations or contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Goldsboro, where Robert served as a deacon.

Immediate services are private. There is a celebration of life service planned for a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at