Rob Ziglar

January 20, 1956 - December 5, 2023
Rob  Ziglar

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Robert Andrew Ziglar, II, known for his infectious smile and ability to talk to anyone, passed away peacefully at his home in Wilmington, NC on Tuesday December 5, 2023. Born on January 20, 1956, in Eden, NC, he lived a life filled with so much love and laughter. He was 67 years old.

Growing up in the small town of Eden, where he was a graduate of the J.M. Morehead class of 1974 and a member of the Eden Jaycees, Rob quickly made a name for himself. After joining his family businesses, Central Ready Mix and R.A. Ziglar & Sons, Inc., he went on to form ADZ Inc. of North Carolina, where he left his own unique mark on the industry. He worked for several other companies in the Triad area most notably Ace Avant in Archdale, NC.  In 2011, he moved to Wilmington to join East Coast Contracting, Inc., and later Hodge Excavating & Grading, bringing his expertise and infectious energy to the job site.

Outside of work, Rob had a passion for sports. He was an avid supporter of NC State Football and Basketball, cheering on his beloved team through thick and thin. Additionally, he enjoyed racing in the NASCAR late model stock series and found excitement watching Formula 1 racing, always fascinated by the speed and precision of the sport. His love for fast cars lead him to join the Hurricane Region Porsche Club in Wilmington, NC, and to later participate in the Tail of the Dragon run, speeding through the winding roads of the North Carolina mountains. Rob loved to spend time with his family making memories, going to the beach, entertaining friends, and traveling to new places.

Rob was preceded in death by his father Robert Andrew Ziglar and his dogs Jackson and Rosco, his memory will forever be cherished by his loving wife of 47 years, Deborah Jones Ziglar. Together, they shared a bond that could weather any storm. He was a devoted father to his daughter, Alexandria Noelle Ziglar, and son, Robert Andrew Ziglar, III and his wife, Sarah. Also left to cherish his memory, his mother, Peggy Grogan Ziglar, sister Katey Ziglar Hart and her husband  Bill, brother Steven Ray Ziglar and his wife Debbie, mother-in-law Nancy Chilton, sister-in-law Sandy Jones Boyte and her husband Kevin, sister-in-law Tammy Renee Chilton and George Davis, four nieces and five nephews,  as well as his granddogs, Triece and Marlin.

A celebration of Rob’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Eden 2:00 PM Sunday, December 10, 2023. A reception will follow the service.

In honor of his memory, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Eden (533 Greenwood Street, Eden, NC), the Jimmy V. Foundation of Cancer Research (14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513), or the Carolina Boxer Rescue (PO Box 87, Hampstead, NC 28443).

As we bid farewell to Rob Ziglar, let us remember him as the spirited soul who brought laughter and joy to our lives. May his generous and loving spirit continue to inspire us to live life to the fullest, just as he did.

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  • December 12, 2023
    Pam Fox says:
    So very sorry for your loss. Rob was a great guy and leaves a lot of wonderful memories to remember him by!

  • December 11, 2023
    Robert Fowler says:
    I met Robbie in 1974 We were both going to ECU. We became good friends. Both of us came from similar backgrounds. I remember the car he drove. We were both car nuts, never a speck of dirt on anything. I remember his detailing tricks that I picked up from him, he made his own products. Robbie had a plate on the front of the car saying “Little Debbie” She was the love of his life. I used to visit him in Eden. His family as well as Debbie treated me as if I were one of the family. We both lost our fathers in our 20’s which made growing up very quick. Robbie was such a super guy, never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face. He will truly be missed. It really shows you how young we all are and how short life is. All of the memories of him seem like yesterday. What a great guy

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