Hash, Robert Tyrone

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A “Champion of the Kingdom” is just one phrase that has been used to describe Elder Robert “Tyrone” Hash. He lived his life as one who loved the Lord, his family and the community at large. He was a man who had a deep concern and passion for helping to equip others with the tools and skills to discover and fulfill their God-given destinies.

On Thursday evening, April 30, 2009, the trumpet of God was sounded and Elder Tyrone Hash was translated from his earthly abode and escorted by a heavenly host to Heaven’s Throne Room and into the Presence of the Almighty King.

Robert Tyrone Hash was born on November 12, 1954, to Bonnie Stith Hash and the late Harold Dean Hash in Pulaski, Virginia. He attended Pulaski County Schools. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lincoln Memorial University in 1981. He was employed as civil servant to the Commonwealth of Virginia as a juvenile probation officer in the New River Valley, where he served for 29 years.

Tyrone was married to Jocelyn for nearly 30 years. They shared a love that was a testimony of God’s love to the world, both single and married alike. This relationship was one of an enduring love between a man and woman who were completely surrendered to God. He was an exemplary husband, father and godly priest and protector of his home.

Tyrone was the proud father of three children, Brandon, Antonio and Antonette. “Big Daddy” as he was affectionately called was also the grandfather of four beautiful grandchildren, Anyssa, Ariel, Azaraiah, and Julian. His children and his grandchildren were his delight and he enjoyed spending time with them.

Tyrone gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ as a young man. Following God’s calling, he was ordained as a elder to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After faithfully serving for many years under the leadership of Superintendent Ronald Watson Sr. at the Radford Church of God in Christ, Elder Hash and his family prayerfully followed the Lord’s direction and transferred to the Spirit of Life Church International and Ever Increasing Life Ministries in Roanoke, Va. He continued to serve faithfully under the leadership and tutelage of Dr. David C. Forbes Jr. and the late Bishop Antonio D. Thomas. He was an astute student of the Word of God. He not only studied, but he applied the lessons taught through the holy scriptures in his everyday life. Tyrone was a leader and he used his God-given talents, skills and abilities to help train others in their walk with Christ to ultimately live their lives in abundance. He accepted his calling and effectively used his God-given authority to reconcile others to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Elder Hash is an exemplary role model of how one should act as an Ambassador of Christ. He was a man of distinction and great character a man of prayer and one who walked out his faith before the world. He made a profound difference in the lives of many.

Elder Hash was preceded in death by his father, Harold Hash. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Jocelyn D. Hash, of Christiansburg, Va.; mother, Mrs. Bonnie Hash, of Pulaski; and a legacy of love and faith to his children, Brandon Miller (Thealia), of San Diego, Calif., Antonio Hash, of Christiansburg, and Antonette Hash, of Charlottesville; one sister, Angela Clark, Salisbury, N.C.; four brothers, Dean (Terry), of Pulaski, Erroll (Valerie), of Roanoke, Spencer, of Pulaski, and Shawn (Donna), of Lynchburg, Va.; his uncle and closest friend, Elder Gary Hash (Collette); one god-son, Jonathan Phillips and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Worship Celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 220 West Main Street, Christiansburg, Va. The visitation for family and friends will be at the church at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that financial contributions in honor of Elder Hash be sent to Spirit of Life Church International, Plantation Road, Roanoke, Va. Final rites entrusted to Penn’s Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.