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Robert Haygood Obituary
Robert Edward (Bob) Haygood

Madison

Robert Edward (Bob) Haygood, 92, of Madison, MS and Columbus, MS went to be with our Lord while at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS on October 28, 2013. Visitation will be at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson on Wednesday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a graveside service at Parkway Memorial Cemetery on Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS. Bob was born September 12, 1921 and grew up in Florence, AL. He attended Auburn University until he joined the Army. He was proud to have served his country in World War II as part of the 12th Armored Division. He worked in communications under General George Patton in Germany, France and other European countries. He then returned to Auburn and was graduated with a BS degree in Vocational Agriculture. In 1947 he married Virginia Robbins Andress from Monroeville, AL and they began their life together in Carrollton, AL where he taught Vocational Ag. He then accepted a position in Public Relations with Kraft Foods in Columbus, MS and was later transferred to Frankfort, KY. He took early retirement in 1968 and returned to Columbus, MS where he owned and operated Bob's Nursery for over 25 years. While in Columbus, Bob was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the choir and the Lewis Fellowship Sunday School Class, where he was the song leader for many years. He and Virginia retired to Madison, MS in 1995 to be near family. They became active members of Christ United Methodist Church where they made many friends in the Griffin Sunday School Class and in their Growth Group. Bob was a member of the Madison County Industrial Development Authority for many years. Bob and Virginia moved to independent living at the Orchard in 2005 where he was Virginia's primary caregiver until her death 2 years ago. While at the Orchard he led the singing for the Sunday morning church service. He most recently resided at Chateau Ridgeland. Bob was loved by all and will be remembered as a "cheerful soul" who loved his family and friends but most of all he loved the Lord. He was a living example to his children and grandchildren to be active in your church, do what is right and no matter what you do, do it well. He worked hard but he loved life and having fun. He loved watching football, attending Auburn football games, playing tennis, gardening, fishing, boating at Smith Lake, touring other countries and traveling with Virginia and their children throughout the United States and Canada in their motor home. Throughout the years, he enjoyed staying in touch with friends and family from all avenues of his life. He especially enjoyed attending his Army reunions. He always loved meeting and talking to people. He enjoyed telling stories from World War II and "carrying on foolishness" with everyone. He often said that life isn't worth living if you can't laugh every day. Bob had a loving heart and was happiest when doing something for others. Even at age 92, he enjoyed staying busy and began each day asking what he could do to help someone else. He was preceded in death by Virginia, his loving wife of 64 years. Survivors include daughter Janice Guckert and husband, Christopher, of Jackson, MS; son Bobby Haygood and wife, Laura Lee, of Collierville, TN; son Gary Haygood and wife, Helen, of Madison, MS; grandchildren Jennifer Guckert of Baton Rouge, LA; Natalie Guckert of Charleston, SC; Kimberly Guckert Long and husband, Cameron, of Miami, FL; Andy Haygood and wife, Becky, of Richmond, VA; Lauren Haygood of San Francisco, CA; Reid Haygood of Starkville, MS and Will Haygood of Madison, MS; great-granddaughter Claire Haygood of Richmond, VA; sister Faye May and husband, Clyde; sister-in-law Frances Haygood of Florence, AL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Mary Killen Haygood, brother James Haygood, sisters Leola Haygood, Willie Tee Haygood, and Ida Mae Wilson, all of Florence, AL. Pallbearers include Christopher Guckert, Andy Haygood, Reid Haygood, Will Haygood, Cameron Long, Haley Fisackerly, Richard Crowder and Ret. Brigadier General Roger Shields. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Boulevard, Ridgeland, MS 39157 or Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211.

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Published in Clarion Ledger on Oct. 29, 2013
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