Robert Linsey Echols

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Robert Linsey Echols

July 11, 1948 - September 03, 2018

Dr. Robert Linsey Echols, 70, of Cullman, Ala., passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 3, 2018 surrounded by his beloved family. He was born July 11, 1948 to Robert Abercrombie and Marie Brantley Echols in Selma, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol Holleman Echols; sons, Jonathan (Leslie) Echols and Blair (Leigh Ann) Echols; grandchildren, Ethan, Addie and Nolan Echols; sister, Debra Echols Turner (Curly, deceased); brother-in-law, John Albert (Angie) Holleman.
Bob was affectionately known as "Doc" to many and never met a stranger. He was a gifted physician that helped countless people in his 44 year career in medicine. Bob graduated from W.P. Davidson High School (1966), Auburn University (1970), and the UAB School of Medicine (1974).
He served as an elder at Cullman Church of Christ and spent much of his free time enjoying his grandchildren. He was an avid storyteller and hunter of all things wild. Bob was a selfless servant and helping anyone in need. He was board certified in Emergency Medicine and worked in Birmingham at Cooper Green Hospital and UAB. He worked as an Emergency Room physician for the past 23 years at Cullman Regional. Countless patients and families were blessed by his uncanny ability to diagnose and treat with an unforgettable humor, love and compassion. Bob worked in medical missions in Guatemala and Honduras, and locally helped start the Good Samaritan Clinic. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of service.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Friday, September 7, at Cullman Church of Christ with the funeral beginning at 12 p.m. There will be a private family burial in Montgomery on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to the Cullman Church of Christ Missions.
Published on September 5, 2018
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Jennie and Ray Randolph
Sep 08, 2018
Carol, There are so many lovely memories of Bob and you working with PLN. So glad he was in our lives. Prayers for comfort and peace for you and family.
Dr. Nancy Mitchell
Sep 07, 2018
I worked with Dr. Echols at UAB and will never forget him always sharing his words of wisdom. I am deeply saddened by this news and more so that my condolences come from so far away. Prayers for Peace.
Roger Duggar
Sep 07, 2018
He was a good friend and Medical classmate. Now he can visit with the ultimate physician---GOD
Butch and Kathy Gaddy
Sep 07, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Billy Buckner MD
Sep 07, 2018
First I wish to express my sincere, heartfelt condolences to Dr Echols ‘ family. He will be missed by many.

Bob Echols was one of the most unique individuals I have ever known. I am sure many of you can say the same thing. Witty, charming, bright, compassionate and possessing personality impossible to forget.

He and I worked together in the UAB Emergency Department first when I rotated through as a resident and then when I began working there as an attending. We became instant friends. His love of and compassion for people was obvious from the start. And he was an impressive, well-rounded physician.

He was also a Christian and made no secret of it. He would often talk about his faith
...and about matters of faith as openly, comfortably and casually as anyone I have ever known.

His wit and sense of humor was legendary and he was a joy to work with. He was rarely in a bad mood and even then not for long. His bedside manner was textbook but genuine. He taught me more than I can begin to tell you.

As I said, he was a truly unique man who is now spreading his joy in heaven. As someone else mentioned, he would often talk about things he wanted to ask God when he got to heaven and I am sure he has been asking away.

I will miss him as so many others will as well. I truly believe the world is a lesser place without Dr Echols in it. I am proud to have called him my friend.
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Ron Henson
Sep 06, 2018
Bob was a recent extended family friend although he made me feel we had been life long friends. I tried to make a Texan out of him but it didn’t take. I did get him to wear a Texas Ranger pin. Diane and I will deeply miss his humor and smile.
God bless his family
Bradley Lamar Carden
Sep 06, 2018
What a wonderful person and physician and a true spiritually solid servant of the Lord. The master of verbal reproduction of cardiac sounds and murmurs he helped us all in our educational journey.
Sep 06, 2018
My prayers and sympathy.
Philip Benton
Sep 06, 2018
passing of Another member of our great medical school class of 1974

Some day when my last line is written
Some day when I've drawn my last breath
When my last words on earth have been spoken
And my lips are sealed in death

Don't look on my cold form in pity
Don't think of me as one dead
It'll just be the house I once lived in
My spirit, by then, will have fled

I'll have finished my time here allotted
But I won't be in darkness alone
I will have heard from Heaven
The summons to come on home

And when my body is in the grave
Don't think that I'll be there
I won't be dead, but living
In the place Jesus went to prepare

And after all is said and done
Know that my last earnest prayer
Is that loved ones be ready
Someday to meet me there

Blue Highway
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Dr Cecil Bullard
Sep 06, 2018
Bob was a classmate of mine in medical school and we all fondly referred to him as “chief” because he had such a gift for leadership and campassion. He will be greatly missed by the entire medical community.
Frank and Dianne Harris
Sep 06, 2018
Carol and family, we were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We will be praying for you all.
Cleo and Cortez Walker
Sep 06, 2018
Condolences to the family.God bless
Cleo and Cortez Walker
Sep 06, 2018
Condolences to the family.God bless
Jewel Hall
Sep 06, 2018
Dr. Echols had a special doctor's "bedside manner", it was a gift he was blessed with. How wonderful if that special touch could be taught and learned. I believe his work was completed and he just walked into Heaven with that sweet smile on his face. Condolences to family, I know he will be missed.
Joel and Sharon Windham
Sep 06, 2018
He once told me he had some questions he’d like to ask when he got to Heaven. I’d expect he’s asking most of those questions now. He was such a blessing to so many and will be greatly missed. May God’s blessings be on Carol and his beloved family.
Karen Stover
Sep 05, 2018
Dr. Echols was the best ER Doctor ever. He will truly be missed by all.