Robert Emerson “Bob” Cull


Robert Emerson “Bob” Cull departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at the age of 83.

A Memorial Service was scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

While he would have preferred to stick around a while longer, he often acknowledged that he had lived a good bit longer than he ever anticipated. He was always grateful for the extra time that allowed him to enjoy his growing family as his children and grandchildren embarked on the next cycle of life.

Born in Frederick on Jan. 25, 1938, he grew up in the context of small-town America. It was safe and serene, and instilled the values of hard work and personal responsibility in its natives. His family roots run deep into the community, with one set of grandparents still living there throughout his childhood. His mother and father were Robert Oscar and Lura Elizabeth Cull, and he had one sister, Carol Elizabeth Tilley.

His father served as editor of the Frederick Daily Leader until his death in 1959. After his father's death, Bob served as Editor and General Manager of the Frederick Daily Leader for several years before leaving Frederick to finish his education. Bob was the youngest newspaper editor in the country at the time. His family history in the newspaper business led him to work virtually every job at the newspaper.  He was proud of his time at the Frederick Daily Leader and enjoyed reflecting on these stories throughout his life.

After his marriage to Susan Jane Hicks, the couple spent a few years in Denver, Colo. before moving to Dallas, Texas to start his business career with Xerox Corporation. His subsequent professional career was developed primarily in managerial and executive roles with several organizations, with the last 20 years or so spent primarily in the healthcare field.

After having raised their family in Arlington, the couple moved to Mansfield.

Survivors:  Beloved wife Susan Jane Hicks Cull; sister, Carol Elizabeth Tilley; three children and seven grandchildren:  Jeffrey Lee and his wife Lezley have three sons, Riley, Casey, and Brady. Their daughter, Amy Elizabeth Bilbo and her husband James have a son, Jordan, and a daughter Courtney. Their youngest son, William Spencer and his wife Jennifer have daughters Peyton and Presley. All their children and grandchildren live in the DFW area.

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Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tarrant County Food Bank,