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Robert Criss, 80

Services

Auburn Memorial Park Wednesday, May 16
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Visitations

Frederick-Dean Funeral Home Parlor Tuesday, May 15
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

July 19, 1937 - May 13, 2018

ROBERT RANDOLPH CRISS SR.

1937-2018

 EVANS, Georgia - Robert Randolph “Bob” Criss Sr. died Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

                                       

He was born July 19, 1937, in Coffeeville, Mississippi, to Francis Wortham and Julie McRae Criss.

 

He graduated in 1955 from John Rundle High School in Grenada, Mississippi, and attended the University of Mississippi, where he received a degree in accounting. After graduation from Ole Miss, he went to work for a national accounting firm for two years. He attended the University of Mississippi School of Law and then entered a partnership in Grenada with his brother Jim - Criss & Criss, Attorneys, and a second partnership with brothers Jim, John and Francis as Criss & Criss, Certified Public Accountants. He met and fell in love with Bertha Jean Turner, and after only seven dates, they married. In 1965, his first son was born, and a year later, a second son came along. It would be a decade later when a daughter was born into the famiy. To have more time to raise his family, Criss accepted a position with Auburn University in 1966, where he taught accounting and law. For 25 years, his speciality was teaching Income Tax and Business Law.

 

During his 52 years in Auburn, he was also involved in real estate development. He and his wife moved to Evans, Georgia, to be near his daughter in 2016. His wife resides in a nursing facility in Evans.

 

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Bertha Jean Criss; three children, Robert Randolph Criss Jr, (Antoinette) of Tampa, Florida; Patrick Lawrence Criss of Jacksonville, Florida; and Melissa Leigh Criss Wilkes (Chad) of Evans; four grandchildren, Anabelle Leigh Wilkes and Lillian Dean Wilkes of Evans, and Cillian Justin Criss and Aidan Justin Criss of Jacksonville; a brother, Francis Wortham Criss Jr. of Tupelo, Mississippi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, John Philip Criss and Jim McRae Criss.

 

Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home Opelika, Alabama.

 

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 in Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery in Auburn.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Auburn University Foundation, 317 S. College St., Auburn, AL 36849 or to a charity of your choice.

 

Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is directing.

 

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Visitation Information

Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home Opelika, Alabama.

Service Information

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 in Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery in Auburn.