- Robert went to school in Scottsville, Albemarle, Virginia. He worked at the Naval Ordinance Plant at South Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. He was a member of an orchestra - trumpet player. He opened the successful Londeree Music Co. He worked with his business for 35 years. He was a Methodist. He served in WWI and was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia. He was in an Army band. He died after a long illness with lung cancer. (Family Biographer)
His death date may have been 13-Nov-1977. (www.findagrave.com)
SSDI listed his birth as 4 December 1897.
The 1920 census of Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia listed R. D. Londeree 21 and Cordia B. 19 living with Roy O. Bowles 27 (Corda's brother) and Ethel M. 25 (sister-in-law). Robert was a clerk. Corda was a stenographer. (Ancestry.com)
The 1930 census of Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia listed Robert Londeree 31, Corda 29, Robert 5, Ethel Painter 27 (servant), and Wilson Londeree 13 (nephew). Robert owned a radio shop and Corda kept the books. (microfilm & Ancestry.com)
The 1940 census of Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia listed Robert 42, Corda 39, and Robert D. 15. He was a real estate salesman. Corda was a secretary with a law firm. (Ancestry.com)
Excerps from West Virginia: Its People and Its Progress, Vol. 3, by Oscar D. Lambert (Hopkinsville, Ky., Historical Record Association, 1958)
There were two entries: one for the Londeree Music Company, Inc. and one on Robert Dewey Londeree.
He served in WWI from 3 August 1917 to 26 March 1919 in a military band. After his discharge from the army, he was employed at the Naval Ordnance Plant in South Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. After the plant closed he opened a confectionary shop in Charleston in February 1921. He added radios to his merchandise and in 1925 sold the confectionary shop and re-established himself with a partner in another store called the Londeree-Cavender Radio Company on Quarrier Street. The Londerees became full owners and in 1935 the store moved to another location on Quarrier Street and focused on appliances and musical merchandise. He spent considerable time selling pianos and radios from his truck in mining communities in southern West Virginia. Eventually the store became the Londeree Music Company. In 1956 the store was completely remodelled. He was active in civic affairs and organizations.