Robert Lynton Veal Jr., the son of Robert L. Veal Sr. and Katherine Griffin Veal, was born in Carrollton, GA, He graduated from Darlington High School in Rome, GA, where he was a resolute baseball player. He attended Washington and Lee University for one year prior to receiving a congressional appointment and entering West Point on July 2, 1953. Following Beast Barracks, Bob was assigned to Company M-2. Although he never played football before, he made the C-squad, and subsequently B-squad, football roster because he was big and very fast.
In addition to football, Bob participated in track and lacrosse at West Point. His highest order of merit while at the Academy was in Phys Ed. When wrestling with Bob on a cold February morning wearing “itchy” plebe skins and wool shirt in plebe wrestling class, one could easily understand why.
Bob chose Air Force at graduation. Because of his desire to succeed, he spent his graduation leave working at Douglas Aircraft in California. He attended flight training at Bartow Air Force Base, FL. Following this assignment, he became the communication skills instructor at the Lackland Air Force Base officer candidate school program in San Antonio, TX. With little to do during his off hours, Bob went to night school and became a licensed stock broker. He sold mutual funds to his fellow Air Force officers. While in San Antonio, Bob met his future wife, Kay Francis Wolfe. They were married in June 1958.
In 1958, Bob left the Air Force and returned to his roots in Carrollton, GA. He became the plant engineer for a Union Carbide plant in Cartersville, GA. In 1962, Bob and family moved to Buckhead, GA, where Bob became the assistant to the president of Atlanta Gas and Light Company. AGL sent him to elite business schools in New York for three summers and a tech school in Chicago for one summer. While working at AGL, he began investing in real estate as a hobby. He acquired sufficient funds to purchase his first property. He then sold the property for a profit and invested his equity and profit in a higher-priced property. He thus was able to use the 1031 Real Estate Exchange regulation to accumulate increased equity without having to pay taxes on his profit.
Soon, a hobby became a passion, and in early 1973 Bob once again went to night school taking courses and the test to become a licensed real estate broker. He then formed his own real estate companies: Science Development, Inc., to handle 1031 transactions and Lynton Realty for his personal deals. In 1973, Bob left AGL and went into real estate full time. He continued to invest in properties using the 1031 exchange regulation. He seemed to have a gift for identifying valuable properties at fire-store prices. He purchased an old apartment house in Atlanta’s Pershing Point. He knew that in a short time this area would boom and he would multiply his investment many times. The apartment residents were mainly retirement age and mostly widows. Bob was very differential to the ladies and helped them with their many problems. He bought an old storefront building on Peachtree Street, renovated it, and made a significant profit by turning it into a variety of stores.
In the early 1980s, Bob purchased a Beechcraft Sierra. During the 10 years that he owned this aircraft, he took his wife, family, and many friends on weekend and longer trips around the Southeast. He was a very active member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Bob helped a pair of entrepreneurial classmates find a new location for a home healthcare business they had acquired. This new location helped their business become very successful. He continued to work with these classmates and helped them find a buyer to sell their business in Florida.
He helped classmates who relocated to the Atlanta area find a home. He determined what the classmate needed, researched to find appropriate properties, escorted them to the properties, and assisted them through the purchasing and relocation process. These classmates have many words of praise for Bob.
He was president and owner of Blanchard Advertising, the producer of report card holders sold to schools throughout the Southeast. In 1994, Bob formed Allied Computer Resources Company (ACR) with his son Robert. This company bought and sold used computer and electronic equipment.
Bob was an active member in many civic organizations. He belonged to and held a leadership position in the Atlanta Jaycees for many years. He was a member and the commander of American Legion Post 134. He was a director of AGREE Realtor Association. He helped raise funds for the United Negro College Fund. This led to him meeting Dr. Martin Luther King.
Bob continued working in ACR and pursuing his love of real estate, investing until 2014 when his health intervened and sidelined his love of work.
Bob and his wife Kay were married for 58 years. They have three daughters—Katherine, Sonja, and Suzanne—and a son, Robert. They have 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. During their years in the Atlanta area they helped establish and support the annual July 4th Class of ’57 reunion.
Bob left a legacy of service to others. He was always helpful and willing to go an extra mile to assist his friends and associates. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his quick smile, friendly and kind remarks, and his sense of duty to his family and friends.
— Family and Classmates