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Robert E. (Bob Valentine, 73, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center - West Point. Funeral services are Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Calvert Funeral Home with visitation being from 12:30 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Cemetery in Una.
Born to Elton Lee and Hazel Kendrick Valentine on April 30, 1939, Bob Valentine lived a full life, which included marrying Bobbie Crosswhite Valentine on January 13, 1967. He was retired from a career as an insurance salesman where he achieved the status of Certified Life Underwriter, and he served in the United States Air Force.
In addition to being survived by his wife of 46 years, he is survived by his five children: Vicki (David) Ray of West Point; Doug (Cherie) Johnson of Saltillo, Mississippi; Robert E. (Bobby) Valentine, Jr. of Munford, Tennessee; Kenneth Lee (Misty) Valentine of Lexington, Tennessee and Daphne (Chad) Ryan of Decatur, Alabama.
He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren: Brandon (Amanda) Walker of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Caitlyn N. Walker of West Point; Justin Ryan and Jessica Ryan of West Point; Erica (Terry) Gray of Munford, Tennessee; Caroline Valentine and Jada Valentine of Munford, Tennessee; Kurtis Valentine; Dallas Davis, Jesse Davis; Wyatt Davis and Ryder Davis of Lexington, Tennessee. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren and one sister, Linda V. Vandergriff of Munford, Tennessee
He was preceded in death by his parents, along with brothers Terry and Jerry Valentine; and sister Mary Valentine. He was also preceded by a great-grandson, Ryder Lee Gray.
A member of First Baptist Church in West Point, Bob Valentine was a man of varied interests. He loved to travel, and did so extensively. He enjoyed working in his yard and around his home, and he loved being around his family. An avid reader, Bob kept up with national politics vigorously, spending much of his time watching Fox News. He also enjoyed watching local sporting events, favoring those involving his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed music, and he especially delighted in torturing his family with his piano or keyboard.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Brandon Walker, Justin Ryan and Kurtis Valentine; and Tommy Henley, Kenny Ingram and Charlie Whatley.
Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Crosswhite, Dr. John Cox and his staff, the Bible Learners Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, Charlie Dimino and his friends at Cigar Charlieâ€™s with special thanks to Paula Miller.
Memorials may be made to Friends of the Bryan Public Library, 338 Commerce Street, West Point, MS 39773 or to
First Baptist Church Early Childhood Minstry, P. O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773. or to St. Judeâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Research
Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com