SALEM -- Robert Lee Kerby, 79, of East Main Street, died early Friday, March 2, 2001, at his home.

He was born May 5, 1921 in Henrietta in Calhoun County, a son of the late John Lee and Biddie A. Wright Kerby.

His wife, Phyllis J. (Jackie) Kerby, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert Lee Kerby II, Salem; three daughters, Mrs. George (Debbie) Myers, New Martinsville, Barbara Kerby, Durham, N.C., and Mrs. Neil (Saren) Swentzel, West Union; two sisters, Mrs. Cleburn (Flora) Gherke and Bertha Webster, both of Grantsville; and eight grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Kerby was a member of the Vermont Baptist Church, being a song leader, teacher and deacon in the church.

He was also a member and past Master of Salem Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M., a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, with membership in the Wheeling and Clarksburg bodies, a member of Adoniram Chapter No. 11, R.A. AAONOMS of Parkersburg.

Mr. Kerby was a retired purchasing agent for Consolidated Gas Supply Corp. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 1-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Vermont Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Merritt officiating. Interment will be in K. of P. Cemetery.

The brethren of Salem Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M. will assemble at the Lodge Room at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday for the purpose of attending and conducting graveside Masonic rites for Brother Robert Lee Kerby.