Robert Williams Hefner, 78, helped convert Macedonia banks from communist to capitalist

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Robert Williams Hefner
Robert Williams Hefner

Robert Williams Hefner died April 4, 2015, at his home in Williamsburg after a prolonged struggle with kidney failure and heart disease. He was 78.

Affectionately known as “Bob,” he was born and raised in Williamson, West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in accounting. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 and earned a graduate degree from the Rutgers School of Banking.

Bob started his career in sales with Burrough’s Corporation. Shortly, he determined he was not cut out for sales. He joined the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the U.S. Treasury Department as a national bank examiner.

He was a field examiner in Washington and the examiner-in-charge of the Charlotte, North Carolina sub-regional office. He achieved the coveted title of senior national bank examiner and was chief examiner at the headquarters office for consumer compliance, head to the Special Supervision Division in Chicago with responsibility for rehabilitating more than 250 banks that experienced difficulties in the downturn of the 1980s and finished his career as examiner-in-charge of one of the largest banks in the mid-west.

He retired from the OCC in 1999. After retirement, Bob worked as a consultant, most notably helping convert the banking system of Macedonia from a communist system to capitalism. Bob also helped major financial institutions comply with money laundering laws. His work took him far and wide, traveling to many interesting places and meeting many lovely people with whom he kept in touch.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, John Edward Hefner; his sister, Rebecca Jane Grimmett; and his parents, Herbert Valentine Hefner and Thelma Gertrude Williams Hefner.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie Whitacre Hefner; son, Robert (Bill) Hefner and Jolene; four granddaughters, Krystal, Lauren, Sarah and Virginia Lee (Valee); sister, Betty (Charles) Sullivan; nieces, Erin Sullivan and Laura (Chris) Riegel, Karen Grimmett; and nephew, Stephen Grimmett.

Visitation will be held for family and friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, followed by services beginning at 11:30 a.m. Interment and graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at Chestnut Grove Cemetery, 140 Light Road, Winchester, VA 22603.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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