Robert Randolph ‘Bob’ Criss
EVANS, Ga. – Robert Randolph ‘Bob’ Criss died Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born July 19, 1937, in Coffeeville to Francis Wortham and Julie McRae Criss.
Mr. Criss graduated in 1955 from John Rundle High School in Grenada 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, the 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 family. 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 specialty was teaching Income Tax and Business Law.
During his 52 years in Auburn, Mr. Criss was also involved in real estate development. He and his wife moved to Evans, Ga., to be near their 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. of Tampa, Fla; Patrick Lawrence Criss of Jacksonville, Fla; and Melissa Leigh Criss Wilkes of Evans; four grandchildren; a brother Francis Wortham Criss Jr. of Tupelo, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, John Philip Criss and Jim McRae Criss.
Graveside services were 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 directed.