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Robert “Earl” Stephens

April 22, 1943 ~ September 17, 2020

Services will be held: September 20, 2020

Lisa Penny Taylor

June 30, 1951 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

Archie Cairns Miller

October 28, 1930 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

MSgt. Roger Lee Teasley, USAF (Ret.)

February 8, 1949 ~ August 27, 2020

Services will be held: September 18, 2020

James Keith Partin

April 11, 1957 ~ September 15, 2020

Services will be held:

Rosemarie Perrotta

July 15, 1940 ~ September 14, 2020

Services will be held: September 21, 2020

Gerald Owen Patterson

October 2, 1940 ~ September 10, 2020

Services will be held: September 15, 2020

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Willard Ray Owen

October 8, 1934 ~ September 13, 2020

Services will be held:

Robert Curtis “Bob” Friese, Sr.

June 23, 1942 ~ July 31, 2020

GARNER -Robert Curtis “Bob” Friese, Sr. was born June 23, 1942 in Brownwood, Texas. He graduated from Baker High School, Columbus, GA in 1960. Bob played a lot of roles in his career life but above all of that he loved and adored his wife, his children and grandchildren. He is a good role model and mentor to his kids, grandkids, nephews and to all the people who knew him personally and professionally. Bob’s life is and was in service to GOD, family, friends and to his country.
Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1960 and served in the U.S. Army Security Agency 3rd, 5th and 7th Special Forces Groups and 1st Air Cavalry Division. He studied French at the Defense Language Institute where he graduated in 1963. He served combat tours in the Dominican Republic and South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in June of 1969. Bob is a graduate of Wake Technical Institute, and graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1978, and attended the Northwestern University Police Administration Training Program in 1979.
Bob joined the Raleigh Police Department in 1969. He served the department faithfully and rose to the distinguished rank of Major. He was particularly proud of his service as the leader of the Selective Enforcement Unit (SWAT). He retired after 28 years with the Raleigh Police Department in December of 1997 as a Commanding Officer of Field Operations.
After retirement, Bob devoted his life helping his family, friends, community, his church and did voluntary work with Habitat for Humanity in coordination with his church in which he got the nickname “Bob the builder” because he just liked to help all the people he worked with.
There will be a private funeral service for family who have been already invited due to COVID-19.
Friends and extended family are welcome to come by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 5th between the hours of 1:00pm-5:00pm to pay their respects and sign the register book. The immediate family will not be present.
Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gloria Annette Wall Friese, sons; Curt Friese(Amy), Derek Friese(Celyn), brothers; Roch Filipiak(Elaine), Jim Friese(Dottie), Roger Friese(Shelley), sister; Pat Shaw(Mike), Gloria Call(James), grandchildren; Alli Bennett, Bailey Friese, Jackson Friese, Sarah Lilly Friese, Kiersten Rojas and Wesley Nipper.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 6020 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610.
The family would love to see stories that everyone has of him. Please add a story to the online obituary comment sections.


August 5, 2020

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (lie in state)

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner




  1. Martha Poole Joyner

    Annette, Curt, Derek, and family:
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will always remember Bob for his beautiful smile and personality. He was a wonderful man that made others feel good anytime you saw him. He will be missed so much. My love goes to all of you in the days ahead.

  2. Ellen Jane Knox

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Annette and all the Family❤️🙏❤️May God give them strength to go threw the Homegoing of Bib❤️

  3. Jodi Hudson

    We always loved Bob! He was a special part of our family for years. He was a good man that will truly be missed! I would like to share a funny story of the day Bob Friese got pranked.

    We will never forget the time that George got Bob telling him he was calling from Blockbuster in regards to movies and fees that were outstanding. Bob calmly informed George over and over that he didn’t have movies and didn’t owe money. George in his usual form kept pushing…..and pushing…..and pushing Bob, insisting that he return the movies and pay the money owed. Needless to say, Bob ended up getting a bit frustrated BUT HE NEVER HUNG UP THE PHONE. George finally told him who he was after a few minutes and we all had a good laugh together!

    May the Lord strengthen you all during this time.

    George and Jodi Hudson

  4. Jerry D. Narron

    A very good man who went too soon. Always had a smile and a kind word for me. RIP thy good and faithful servant. I pray that the family will have the assistance from our almighty God who has a place in heaven for us when our life on earth is over.

  5. Jim and Cheryl Wooten

    Bob always greeted everyone with a smile.
    Enjoyed our friendship at RPD.
    Jim Wooten

  6. Dennis & Stephanie Ford

    Annette and family:

    We are sorry to hear about Bob passing and are saying our prayers for Annette, the boys, and family. I worked with Bob for close to 25 years and he was one of “The Good Guys” that everyone respected and admired. Bob was my sergeant on the SEU Team I along with Britt, Andrews, Brown, and Capucille. One of the most important assignments was the hostage situation on the Amtrak train that lasted over three full days. In addition, we probably made 75 to 100 drug and other entries into homes with no incidents or injuries. That is planning, training, and Bob’s leadership at its best.

    My wife and I have fond memories of the Christmas party that Bob and Annette threw for SEU at their home off Six Forks Road. The food was great, fellowship fantastic, and we all came away know that we were a close group. We also saw firsthand how close the Friese family was as the young boys, Curt, and Derek, were also at the gathering.

    We are praying for the family:
    Dennis & Stephanie Ford

  7. Wayne Dupree and Sheila

    Bob walked past our house many times and he would stop and talk to Wayne often. He was a happy friendly person .
    So sad that he is gone. We will forever miss his smiling face.

  8. Janet H Oldham

    Annette, and family,
    I am so sorry to learn of your husbands passing. We will be remembering you in prayer and pray our LORD will let your wonderful memories be a comfort to you.

  9. Billy Tripp

    I currently work with the Raleigh Police Department and met Bob as he walked through the Southern Trace subdivision regularly. He retired from RPD before I began my career but when he noticed my car in the driveway of my home, he stopped, and we talked. He was such a nice man. He would also always say hello to my kids who often play in the yard. He will be missed. Your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    -Billy Tripp

  10. Jimmy and Linda Privette

    Bob was a true gentleman and a wonderful example of a professional law enforcement officer. We know you will miss him but we are all so much better for having had him in our lives. Take care Annette and know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  11. R.K. & Pat Carroll

    We would like to offer our prayers to anette and family on Bobs death. Bob was well respected and set the example for others by his demeanor and character. Thinking of you in this time of sorrow.

  12. Anna Lyn Rivera

    Thank you GrandBob for the memories. I witnessed how you’ve been a good husband, father, grandfather, brother and a good great friend to everyone. Your smile, kind and warmth welcome during my visit in the US was one of the highlights that I would never forget. It was like a bliss of mist knowing you, eating at the dinner table with the whole family. People around you feel so blessed that they have known you. You are an insporation. We love you and thank you for everything!

  13. Mitch Brown

    Annette and Family,

    I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

    Bob and I had many good memories during our time working together on the police department (SWAT, senior leadership roles and all the positions in between), memories that I will always cherish. Many successes that we had were directly contributed to his leadership. I was very fortunate to have him on our team and a friend.

    You and the family are in my prayers- God Bless you all.

    Mitch Brown
    Ret. Chief RPD

  14. MaryAnn and Art Brandon

    A beautiful life, beautiful wife and family, a wonderful friend…..a life well-lived🇺🇸💙🇺🇸
    Art and I are heartbroken. We will forever cherish our memories from our time together in the 60’s living in Germany and of our travels and fun times together recently. Prayers and love to you all🙏🏻
    Forever in our hearts,
    Mary Ann & Art Brandon

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  16. Lynn Howard

    To the entire Friese family – my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    The bulk of my career at RPD was spent with Bob, and he was my academy’s Sergeant.
    A very fair man and a natural leader. Later, he was my Captain in Investigations.
    Always enjoyed talking with him.
    I am glad he suffers no longer. Until we meet again.

  17. William D. Purefoy

    May God bless and continue to care for and guide your family. Maj. Friese was the head of the Raleigh Police Academy when I joined the Department in 1987. He was very inspirational and a very good leader and instructor. Shortly after I graduated the police academy he became the lieutenant over my patrol unit. Again, he displayed great leadership and inspiration for all of us. He kept many of us motivated to work harder and always maintain professionalism. It was a pleasure to work under Maj. Friese. Fair and supportive of all of his subordinates, he was a down to earth and very personable leader and we will all miss him. Family, please keep your heads up and know that his spirit continues to live on in Heaven.

    -William D. Purefoy, RPD (Ret).

  18. James E ("Jim") Friese

    A Brother’s Eulogy

    My older brother Bob we laid to rest today
    In Ebenezer Cemetery for eternity to stay
    Near the country church he served and loved so well
    And in which fifty-five years ago he wed his wife
    A faithful and loving companion for the rest of their life
    And those who observed their time will say
    Bob loved and adored her the very same way

    Eulogies began with Sadler ‘s ballad of the “Green Beret”
    A reminder to mourners of those very few from the USA
    Wearing silver wings upon their chests
    Trained from among America’s bravest and best
    And in whose elite ranks during the Vietnam War
    Brother Bob soldiered with the Special Forces Corps
    He was a “badass” the pastor would say
    Not with bravado . . . but, in an affectionate way

    Army Ranger and Paratrooper during his nine year tour
    Bob then chose to risk his life for twenty-eight years more
    Policing would be his choice of career
    Serving and protecting with distinction year over year
    Beat Cop, Detective, SWAT Team Leader, Hostage Negotiator, and
    Repelling Instructor were only part of his job
    Which he did with aplomb before retiring as Major Bob . . .

    Though “badass” in action, you would never hear it from him
    ‘Cause Bob’s true loyalties were steadfastly to God, family, and friend
    Should you need him he would always be there
    And any trust confided handled with integrity and care
    When dealing with others Bob honored the golden rule
    And the last thing he wanted was to say or do anything cruel
    In mourning his passing, I truly cannot recall
    When it comes to time spent with Bob, one bad memory at all

    Bob was example and role model of a life well spent
    To everyone he met, wherever he went
    To Annette, his wife and his sons, Derek and Curt
    Whose love for he cherished and would always assert
    To his extended family in the Tar Heel State
    His chosen home where he would live out his fate
    To every crew of a Habitat for Humanity job
    Who affectionately deferred to “Builder Bob”

    Alas . . . my older brother Bob we laid to rest today, and
    I will sorely miss him I am very sad to say . . .

    jefriese, July 6, 2020

  19. Mona Riggins

    Annette and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of Bob. I worked with you in OSP back in the 90s and I remember the way you would run to answer your phone because you knew it was Bob and didn’t want to miss his call. We teased you about how you would blush and smile when you talked about him or talked to him. I recall him coming in the office a few times and how excited you were when that happened. It was wonderful to see and I have never seen two people more in love. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Now and in the days to come. May God bless and comfort you.

  20. James Arnold

    I’m sorry for the loss of Bob and my thoughts are with you all. I have fond memories of Bob and Annette from my childhood, from either their visits to England to see us, or our visits to the US. With the Lake and Myrtle Beach being family favourites. Bob showed me many skills, including how to efficiently pack a car, skills that I still remember and use today. I shall always remembers Bob’s hysterical reaction to when I came out with the term “Temporary lactose intolerant”, which I’m sure Annette will fill everyone in. He will always be in my thoughts and memories.

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