WEST POINT – Robert E. “Bob” Valentine, 73, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born April 30, 1939, to Elton Lee and Hazel Kendrick Valentine.
He married Bobbie Crosswhite Valentine on Jan. 13, 1967. He was retired from a career as an insurance salesman, where he achieved the status of Certified Life Underwriter. He served in the U.S. Air Force. A member of First Baptist Church in West Point, he was a man of varied interests. He loved to travel, work in his yard and around his home, and being around his family. An avid reader, he kept up with national politics vigorously, spending much of his time watching Fox News, and local sporting events, favoring those involving his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed music and especially delighted in torturing his family with his piano or keyboard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Calvert Funeral Home in West Point. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove United Methodist Cemetery at Una.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bobbie Crosswhite Valentine; five children, Vicki (David) Ray of West Point, Doug (Cherie) Johnson of Saltillo, Robert E. “Bobby” Valentine Jr. of Munford, Tenn., Kenneth Lee (Misty) Valentine of Lexington, Tenn., and Daphne (Chad) Ryan of Decatur, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, Brandon (Amanda) Walker of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Caitlyn N. Walker, Justin Ryan and Jessica Ryan, all of West Point, Erica (Terry) Gray, Caroline Valentine and Jada Valentine, all of Munford, Tenn., Kurtis Valentine; Dallas Davis, Jesse Davis; Wyatt Davis and Ryder Davis, all of Lexington, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda V. Vandergriff of Munford, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Terry and Jerry Valentine; sister, Mary Valentine; and a great-grandson, Ryder Lee Gray.
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 Charlie’s, and Paula Miller.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to Friends of the Bryan Public Library, 338 Commerce St., West Point, MS 39773; or to First Baptist Church Early Childhood Ministry, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.