GLEAVES, Robert Taylor died March 12, 1920

  The death of R. Taylor Gleaves, which occurred at his home on South Roanoke street yesterday afternoon, by reason of its unexpectedness came as a shock to the community.  It was not a matter of general knowledge that Mr. Gleaves was ill and, in fact, he was at his desk as usual on Wednesday.  Mr. Gleaves was not only a substantial business man of established worth and integrity, he was a public spirited citizen who cherished the highest civic ideals and labored unceasingly for their realization.  He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Merchants’ Association, and both organizations will have cause to regret his death.  A pleasant, genial gentleman of unfailing courtesy, Mr. Gleaves was a man of great firmness of character and he stood unswervingly for the things he believed in.  He was representative of a type of citizenship which had contributed materially to Roanoke’s upbuilding and development.  The Times salutes his memory.


March 12, 1920, Roanoke, Virginia