Robert Earl “Bob” Britton, 74, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Air Force veteran, retired electrical systems engineer and musician, died on Friday, May 8, 2015 after an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Bob was an intelligent, witty, athletic and worldly family man who loved to tinker with things and take them apart to find out how they worked - he was at once a nerd and the coolest guy in town, as comfortable in the minutia of computer electronics as he was having a beer, playing a pick-up game of basketball, and writing a song to play on one of his beloved guitars.
Music played an outsized role in his life, from elementary school when he was the first ever gold-medalist with a Sousaphone solo at the California State Band Festival, until he later mastered playing guitar with his buddies in high school in a band called “The Four Winds.”
From an early age Bob wrote his own music, inspired by artists such as the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters, and Bob Dylan. Bob once had an opportunity to play guitar at a fraternity party with the then-unknown Smothers Brothers.
Bob had a great love of traveling and experiencing the world first-hand, traveling with his companion and wife Arlene everywhere from Guam to Greece, with Brussels, Belgium serving as a jumping off point for extended travels throughout Europe in a Volkswagen bus, visiting places as varied as East Berlin, Yugoslavia, West Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.K.
Bob was born May 22,1940, at Immanuel Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, the son of a research chemist, James Warner Britton, and a mathematician and math teacher, Mary Ann Harrington Britton. Bob was the second oldest of four siblings, including Betty, Beverly, and Bill, affectionately known as the “Four B’s.”
In 1948, his father invented the first commercial application of a pressurized whipped-cream dispenser, sold under the brand name “Quip.” The family was tragically transformed in December 1951 when his father was killed in a train/auto accident in Gustine, California.
Bob and his future wife, Arlene Kay Vollenweider Britton, went on their first date to his Senior prom in 1958 at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, California, coming home after enlisting in the Air Force to marry Arlene in a picture perfect wedding in April, 1961.
Bob earned a spot in the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) commissioning program, receiving his B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Wyoming in 1964, and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, US Air Force shortly thereafter. During his 9 years in the Air Force, he was stationed with Arlene and his growing family in Biloxi, Mississippi, San Antonio, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and the island of Guam.
Bob and Arlene had three of their children while in the service: James Earl Britton in July, 1962 and Gwendolyn Suzanne Britton in September, 1963 in Laramie, Wyoming, and Steven Randolf Britton in March, 1966 in Dayton, Ohio.
In 1969, Bob left the Air Force, and the family moved back to San Jose, California, where he
worked for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, before moving to Los Angeles, California, to work for COMSHARE, Incorporated, where their fourth and final child, Kimberly Kristine Britton was born in March, 1971.
Later that year, the family moved to Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where Bob began a 32 year career with MITRE Corporation as an Electrical Systems Engineer and corporate site leader, with assignments at locations in Wiesbaden, Germany, Brussels, Belgium, Athens, Greece, Massachusetts, Colorado, New Jersey and Virginia.
In 1978, Bob and his family moved to Sunapee, New Hampshire, beginning a long association with the town, and adopting it as their first truly permanent home base.
In 2002, Bob retired from MITRE Corporation in Brussels, Belgium, and he and Arlene returned to their beloved Sunapee to enjoy visits from their children and grandchildren as they continued to travel the world sightseeing.
In 2006, Bob and Arlene began wintering in Madison, Mississippi to escape the famous New England winters, cold and snow.
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arlene Kay Britton; Children Jim Britton (Wife Jane Dearden), Wendy Britton (Grandchildren Nicole Pelletier (Husband Bobby, Great-grandchildren Jared and Sydney) and Alie Fazio) and Steven “Randy” Britton (Wife Melissa, Grandchildren Olivia and Benjamin); Step-grandchildren Kirt Perry, Paige Osburn, and Joel Osburn (Wife Tricia Berg, children Morgan and Sabrina); and siblings Betty Addison of Salinas, California, Beverly Smith of Napa, California, and Bill Britton of Austin, Texas. Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Kimberly Britton-Osburn, son-in-law, Timothy Osburn, and granddaughter Piper Britton-Osburn, who were killed in a tragic auto accident in July 2014.
Funeral services will be private.
The family asks that donations be made to the Urbana, Illinois School District #116, designated to the special needs program at Yankee Ridge - in memory of Piper Britton, in lieu of flowers. Please write checks to Urbana School District #116, Piper Britton fund, 205 N. Race Street - P.O. Box 3039, Urbana, Illinois 61803-3039.
Dianne Guinn, 69, passed away, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Born in McComb, MS, she was the daughter of Elaine Chisholm Burns, Versailles, KY and the late MSGT Sheldon Burns. She was retired from the Mississippi Auditor's Office, was a member of the Ironworks Pike Community Church and a dedicated volunteer for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.
In addition to her husband, Jerry and mother, Elaine she is survived by her daughter, Denise E. Spittler and son-in-law Stephen Spittler, Lexington.
Visitation will be 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland, with a graveside service following at 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Concord Baptist Church Cemetery in Brookhaven. Memorials may be made to Ironworks Pike Community Church or Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.
Robert Britton, 74, of Madison, Mississippi died Friday, May 8, 2015 at home. All services will be private.
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Kathy Murray Smith Stamey, 57, died January 3, 2015 peacefully at home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2014 at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland with burial following in Natchez Trace Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Stamey was born on December 31, 1957, in Jackson; the daughter of the late Charles Walter Smith and Mary Jeane Echols Smith. A longtime resident of Jackson, she served for 15 years as the manager of the Van Mark Apartment in Ridgeland. She was a cherished wife, a beloved mother, a devoted grandmother. Mrs. Stamey enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Stamey touched the lives of many people, from her lifelong friends and colleagues to residents, she always selflessly gave to others. She will be missed but remembered for her unconditional love and support.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Smith. Survivors include husband, Robert Stamey of Madison; daughter, Audree Posey Torrez and husband Carlos of Naples, FL; son, Rob Stamey and wife Angela of Madison; son, Brad Stamey of Madison; grandchildren, Bella Torrez, Harry Torrez, Jacob Torrez, Alexa Stamey, Christiaan Stamey and sisters, Kim Beasley of Madison and Karen Perrett of Pelahatchie, MS. Donations can be made in her name to The Kira Foundation at thekirafoundation.org which sends buckets of love to childhood cancer patients and cancer research.
Michael Anthony Camardelle, 49, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at home. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Fowler Hall
William (Bill) David McAdam, Sr., 70, passed away at Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland on December 29, 2012 after a brief fight with cancer and related complications. Visitation will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church, 399 Barrow Street, Pearl, MS on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., with a Funeral Mass beginning at 1:00 p.m. A private burial service will be held at a later date. Bill was born in West Palm Beach, FL and grew up in Pensacola, FL where he graduated from Pensacola High School. He later moved to MS and has since resided in Madison and Rankin County. He is survived by daughter, Laura McAdam Pickel, (son-in-law, Paul Pickel) of Pearl, Mississippi; son, William David McAdam, Jr., (daughter-in-law, Nicole McAdam) of Mobile, Alabama; and daughter, Susan McAdam Morgan, (son-in-law Jonathan Morgan) of Slaughter, Louisiana. He is survived by five grandchildren, Caleb Bradford, Alec Pickel and Jessica Pickel of Pearl, MS; and Cade and Elise Morgan of Slaughter, LA. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas W. McAdam, (sister-in-law Francis McAdam) of Danbury, Texas and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Major Edward Haywood McAdam and Jean Welles McAdam, along with his brother, Edward Haywood McAdam, Jr. Bill loved his friends and family. He enjoyed being a member of the MS Peacemakers Single Action Shooting Society and deep sea fishing. In his earlier years, he earned his pilot’s license to fly single engine planes, and flying was one of his passions and favorite pastimes. Our family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, Dr. Rebekah Moulder and her staff and Mid Delta Home Health and Staff.
Lacy Rees Baker, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and devoted friend to so many, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Baptist Medical Center from heart failure at the age of 81. She was surrounded by family, friends and dedicated health professionals who had worked with her the past few years as she struggled with complicated health issues.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Wells Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, followed by a visitation.
Ms. Baker, a long-time teacher in the Jackson Public School system, was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Hattiesburg, Miss., to John Lacy and Myrna Rees. She was the first grandchild on her mother’s side and was showered with love and affection by numerous doting aunts and uncles, mostly in the family hometown of Brooklyn, Miss.
The Rees family moved to Jackson in 1948 where Ms. Baker graduated from Central High School and attended Millsaps College. She met Lee Baker at Millsaps, and the two married in 1952 and conceived two children. Although divorced in 1981, the two were lifelong friends until Mr. Baker’s death in 2003.
A graduate of Shurtleff College in Alton, Ill., Ms. Baker received a master’s degree from Mississippi College in 1971. She started teaching at the old Forest Hill School when it was a 1-12 complex, and moved to Timberlawn Elementary in 1971. She spent her entire career teaching second graders and was also very active in the professional organizations for teachers before retiring in 1996.
She loved to travel and saw much of the United States by car. She was also an avid sports fan, attending thousands of games during her lifetime. Although her former husband was considered the writer in the family, it was actually Lacy who was published in Sports Illustrated when a letter she wrote to the editor was included in the January 10, 1955, issue. At the time, the publication was in its second year of existence and Ms. Baker was confronting magazine leadership about the elaborate story it did on coaches’ wives. Although she held nothing against them, she just wanted to point out that sportswriters’ wives had a much harder road since their husbands were never out of season.
Ms. Baker also loved to read, work in the garden and spend time with friends. She looked forward to Fridays, when her maid and close friend of 55 years – Earlene Ainsworth – would come. Many times, Earlene’s husband John Earl would accompany his wife to work in the yard, and Lacy loved them both for their lifetime of friendship and service.
The family is especially grateful for Lacy’s long life since 27 years ago, she had a brush with death when her heart stopped while walking her dog on Riverside Drive. A local oral surgeon, Dr. Donald Seago, was driving by, saw her fall and rushed back to administer CPR. She is survived by a brother, Terry Dalton Rees and his wife Greta Bo of Dallas, Texas; a daughter Lacy Lee Baker and her husband Jay Miller of Louisville, Ky., and their daughter Nikki Miller, a senior at Lake Forest College; a son John Bailey Baker, his wife Marty Gloyna, and their son Thelonius (9) of Bozeman, Mt.; and Lacy’s friend and caregiver Craig Cullum of Jackson.
In addition, Lacy is survived by her loving church family. She was known for her beautiful smiles and her gift of encouraging words. To honor her church and its continuing work, please send donations to Wells Church, UMC, in lieu of flowers, located at 2019 Bailey Avenue, Jackson, Miss., 39213.
Elizabeth Ann Thomas Mills, 76, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson after a brief fight with cancer and related complications. “Liz” was born, raised and lived for most of her life in Greenville, Mississippi. Born to Lebanese immigrant and dry goods, real estate, and cable company businessman William Thomas, Sr., and Mehiba Solomon Thomas on May 24, 1936, she was graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1954. Socializing at the age of 18 with high school friends on the Mississippi River levee, this stunning young lady met Lowell Price “Tommy” Mills of Richmond, Indiana, who was stationed at Greenville Air Force Base. She never let him return home. At first explaining slyly to her parents that the 21 year old Air Force Cadet Mills - controversially not of Lebanese descent - was her “tutor”, Liz and Tommy were soon married on August 1, 1954 at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville. They were later stationed in Great Falls, Montana, Del Rio and Lubbock, Texas and Glendale, Arizona before returning home in October, 1956 with two baby daughters in tow.
A precious wife, mother and grandmother, Jewel Bridges Odom went to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Jewel was retired from the U.S. Postal service where she worked for 20 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Flora where she shared her beautiful voice with her church family for many years. Jewel received a bone marrow transplant and fought multiple myeloma for four years. Her life was a living testament for Jesus and she wanted that to shine so others could see His grace through her life. Jewel loved her family. She lived and breathed for her husband, children and grandchildren. Jewel was preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Christine Bridges. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Tommy Odom of Flora, her son Michael Odom (wife Christy) of Madison, daughter Allyson Odom Mize (husband Bubba) of Oxford, 3 sisters, Linda Williams (husband Larry), Ruth Hammack (husband Lee), Robin Prestage (husband Bill), and sister-in-law Betty Clifford all of Flora, 5 grandchildren, Mary Blair Odom, Brady Odom, Meredith Odom, Trustin Mize, Kruse Mize, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Flora at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Joe Cole officiating. A visitation will be at the church from 9:30a.m. - 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. A graveside service will follow at Flora Cemetery. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Flora at P.O. Box 163, Flora, MS 39071.
Paul Varnado, 76, of Raymond took his final flight Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Jackson First with graveside services following at Raymond Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday and 11:00 am Thursday all at the church. Paul was born to Wilma (Saucier) and Elijah Varnado on June 23, 1936, in Poplarville, Mississippi. He graduated from Savannah High School and joined the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter. Paul moved to Jackson and began work in the consumer finance business opening his own business, ABC Finance Corp., in 1967, which he still owned and managed at the time of his death. Paul earned his pilot’s license in 1960; flying was his passion and favorite pastime. He owned several airplanes over the years, but his favorite was his prized Cessna 180. He was the Southeast Director for the International Cessna 180/185 Club. He accepted the Lord as his Savior in 1980 and was a member of Jackson First Assembly serving faithfully as a board member for many years. Pastor Otis Moore was not only his pastor, but he was one of Paul’s dearest friends. Paul is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy (Eisenhauer); three sons and one daughter-in-law: Dennis and wife, Pam of Bossier City, LA; Jason of Raymond; and Eric of Gulfport. His youngest son, Tyler, went to Heaven on October 22, 2007, and we are certain there was a joyous reunion on Sunday morning. Other survivors include a granddaughter, Sarah Varnado; grandsons, Blake Miley and Reece Varnado; and a great-granddaughter, Sophie Grace Miley. Paul is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Janet and Larry Damme, Mike and Lorraine Eisenhauer, Judy and Arlin Brinkman, and Dean and Maria Eisenhauer; godson, Callum Cerny; spiritual godmother, Frances Langley; his dog, Greta; and many, many nieces, nephews and friends. Paul loved to laugh, and he loved life. He was a success at everything he pursued, building his own underground house, airport, and hangar. But his biggest acomplishments in life were his relationships with God, his wife, and his children. Paul served them with his entire heart. He leaves a legacy of love, devotion, friendship, humor, wisdom and wit that were his and his alone. To say that Paul will be missed is an incredible understatement. He took a portion of all of us with him. But, if we live our lives with a fraction of the passion he had for God and family, we will join him for all eternity. And, THAT DEFINES A SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
Gerald "Doc" Brent passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at his cousin's home. Doc worked for over 30 years as a
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Bill was an accountant for 50 years, 42 of which were at Eubank, Betts, Hirn, and Wood. He's been a member of FBC-Jackson since 1969 where he served as Chairman of Deacons, Life Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and he also chaired and served on numerous committees. He also served in the community on several boards and civic organizations including Baptist Hospital where he just finished serving as Chairman of the Board. He also received numerous awards and recognitions for his service and commitment to the Metro Jackson community. But above all else, Bill was not a fan but a completely committed follower of Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife of 45 years whom he loved with all his heart, Sandra; his son Brett Eubank (Denise) of Nixa, MO; his son Brad Eubank (Rebecca) of Petal, MS; his son Bryan Eubank (Cyndi) of Madison, MS; and granddaughters Gracie Eubank, Lila Eubank, Anna Sloan Eubank; and grandsons William Eubank, Matthew Eubank, Bryan Eubank and Jackson Eubank. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins.There will be a burial ceremony for close friends and family in the Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 17, from 3:00 until 7:00pm, at First Baptist Church in Jackson.A Celebration of Life Service for Bill Eubank, Jr., 72, of Madison, will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at First Baptist Church in Jackson. If you choose to honor the life and legacy of Bill, please do so in an eternal investment of one of the following instead of flowers: JA Athletics Booster Club (4908 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211), Petal FBC (where Brad is pastor - 992 Hwy 42, Petal, MS, 39465), Grace Hill Church, Nixa, MO (where Brett is pastor - 1006 West Pembrook, Nixa, MO, 65714), and Jackson
Robert Sharkey Withers, III, 69, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 5, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer. A native of Jackson, MS he was born on Christmas Day, 1942. He graduated from Murrah High School in 1960, attended Mississippi State University and served in the United States Army. During his career in Jackson he was active in the
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Burckel graduated from LSU/UNO and served his country in the United States Marine Corps. An accomplished club manager of 45 years, Mr. Burckel was a member of CMAA (Club Managers Association of America). He achieved the status of Certified Club Manager and was a member of the Honor Society. Mr. Burckel retired from the Country Club of Jackson after 25 years of faithful service.
David Allen Mapp of Brandon died Friday after a long, courageous fight with cancer. He was 57. Visitation services will be held today from 4-6 p.m. at Sebrell
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