Mr. Robert Lee English, 62, son of Rachael Ellis English Gayles and the late John Sidney English, was born on December 2, 1959. He departed this life on May 20, 2022, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem following an extended illness.

He attended Bellport High School in Long Island, N.Y., and attended the Church of God in Christ. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged. At one time, he lived in Milwaukee and then made his home in North Carolina. He loved to cook and worked in the restaurant industry prior to his death.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life his mother, Rachael Ellis English Gayles of Statesville; Bobby (Lulu) English of Seattle, Washington; his companion, Bonnie Celia Mills of the home; two brothers, Michael English of Statesville, and John “Jae” (Angela) English of Turkey; one sister, Wanda English of Las Vegas, Nev.; six nephews, John English Jr. of Statesville, LaTyra English of Turkey, Robert (Knicole) Turner III of Memphis, Tenn, Chakeita Andrews of Las Vegas, Nev., Tyronne Turner of Memphis, Tenn., and Richard Turner of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a host of great nieces and nephews, other relatives, and special friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Members of the family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC at a later date.

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Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the English family.

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