Col. Robert L. West
Christian, Family Man, Patriot, Lawyer, Community Oriented
The following words were part of Robert West’s eulogy: “This was a man centered and grounded in love. He loved Anne, he loved all his family, he loved his community, his country, and his church.” He was a man who belonged to the ‘greatest generation.’
Col. West, known as ‘Cuz’ by friends and family, was born in Duplin County on June 20, 1907 and died on March 20, 2002. He was primarily attached to the Adjutant Generals Office in a legal capacity during his military career a large percentage of which was spent in Japan. Col. West retired as a Lieutenant Colonel; he served in the US Army Air Force in WWII. The US Army Air Force became the US Air Force in 1947. Col. West military career encompassed this change as he continued his military career through the Korean Conflict. He viewed his military record with pride; he not only served, but served his country that he deeply loved and cherished.
Col. West was an active participant in the life and times of Warsaw and Duplin Co. He was known as a lawyer whose voice was rich and simply resonated throughout the courtroom. His architecturally charming law office has now been relocated to the corner of Front and Hill St., Warsaw, NC. It serves not only as a store in our county but a reminder of Duplin County’s rich heritage. Col. West would be pleased and proud to know that his office, originally located behind his home, was still part and parcel of this county.
Col. West was a patriot, a lawyer, and a family man who dearly loved his wife Anne and many nieces and nephews; he was a believer in being part of the community. He believed in giving back in order that his community could remain strong and robust. He was a member of the Charles R. Gavin American Legion Post 27 and Warsaw VFW Post 9810. He was also a charter member of the Warsaw Kenansville Rotary Club and a past master of Warsaw Masonic Lodge 677. He served on the Planning Committee for The Duplin Story first presented in 1949 and again with Duplin’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. He was always a supporter of and participant in various capacities for the Veterans Day Celebration and Memorial Day.
Col. Robert West represents the best of Duplin’s finest….and there are many. We invite you to visit Duplin County Veterans Museum; we are a county rich in history; treat yourself to a trip from the beginning to the present of Duplin’s military history and learn more about our own Colonel Robert West and many other fine Duplin County heroes.