Robert James Twitty, 58, the son of the late Bert and Mary Twitty, was born in Chicago, IL, June 26, 1950. He was raised in Chicago where he grew up cheering for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. His family vacationed in Englewood and Boca Grande, FL, every summer where he developed a love for fishing that lasted his entire life. He often told stories of driving to Florida in his grandfather John Guica's Chrysler, singing along with Al Jolson on the radio. He moved to Florida when he was 14 and attended Tyrone Middle School. He lived at the Algiers Motel on Treasure Island Beach which his parents owned and operated. He graduated from Dixie Hollins HIgh School in 1968 where he played baseball, basketball and football. He was selected as an "All County" player for both baseball and football during his senior year and chosen for the North vs South conference team. An accomplished musician, he also played trumpet for the school band and performed in a variety of events and competitions in St. Petersburg. During the summers, he worked as a camp counselor at the Northwest Community Center. After high school, he was invited to play baseball with the farm team for a year with the Cincinnatii Reds. However, he chose to go to college instead. He received baseball and football scholarships to Franklin College in Indiana where he went for a year before transferring to the University of Florida. He graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration. He began his career in the mortgage lending business with the firm of Stockton Whatley Davin where he remained until 1978 when he joined the Tampa commercial lending office of Lomas and Nettleton. He started the R.J. Twitty Co. in 1987 and sold that to BB&T Bank in 2005. He was a founding member of the First Commercial Bank of Tampa and was a current board member. Since retiring four years ago, he spent all of his time with his two sons, Bobby, 17, and Danny, 15, and his fiancee' Barbara Denny and her children, Mark, Megan and Matthew. His greatest joy was watching his sons play baseball and football at St. Petersburg Catholic High School. He had coached their youth baseball teams at the Northeast Little League for many years, wining two league championships. A season ticket holder for the Tampa Bay Rays, he loved attending games with Barbara and his sons. He also enjoyed traveling, boating, fishing, playing pool and pingpong and entertaining friends at his newly renovated home in Bayway Isles. Along with his sons, and fiancee, he is survived by his brother Bert Twitty of San Antonio, TX.
Funeral services are scheduled Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. at Brett Funeral Home, 4801 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the St. Petersburg Catholic Varsity and Junior Varsity baseball teams.
As you all may know, Bob Twitty passed away from a heart attack on Sunday evening May 17, 2009.
In lieu of sending flowers to the Funeral Home,
we are putting together a fund that will enable us to purchase two (2) AEDs (automatic external defibrillator) and a plaque which will identify the AED as been purchased “In Memory of Bob Twitty”
to put at each field in case of an emergency, along with proper training on their use.
Please Mail and Make all Contributions to:
Northeast Little League
c/o Sockol & Associates, P.A.
111 2nd Avenue NE, Suite 1401
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Attn: Bob Twitty Memorial Fund
Tax I.D.# 23-7378070
(tax deductible contribution)