BREWER – Bobby W. Richey, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Community Hospice (Darlington Oaks) in Verona following an extended illness. He was born May 26, 1937, in Shannon to Houston Richey and Mary Alice Smitherman. He worked 27 years as a police officer for the Tupelo Police Department and served as Captain upon retiring. He served eight years in the Mississippi Army National Guard and was co-owner of Trace Feed and Farm Supply Store for 15 years. He enjoyed running field trial beagles, sports of all kinds including Ole Miss, Oakland Raiders and the Manning brothers' football games, and was really hoping to be able to see Peyton and the Broncos win the Super Bowl. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. It was never too hot or too cold for him to enjoy watching the grandchildren play baseball. He was a member of Calvary Assembly Worship Center in Tupelo, and was a true Christian man who loved his church and church family.
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A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Ben Raper officiating and full honors by the Tupelo Police Department. Private burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Tupelo.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Richey of Brewer; one son, Ronnie Richey (Darlene) of Brewer; one daughter, Robin Cernigliaro (David) of Brewer; three stepsons, David Martin (Nikki) of Pontotoc, Mark Presley (Brittany) and Delaine Presley (Stacey), all of Tupelo; brothers, Hoyt Richey (Johnnie), Jerry Richey (Sandra), both of Tupelo, and Doug Richey (Ruby) of Alpine; sister, Sue Lindsey (Charlie) of Saltillo; grandchildren, Dylan Richey, Whitney Kenton (Dustin), Chelsea, Chase and Hunter Cernigliaro; stepgrandchildren, Oakley Martin, Allie, Arianna and Andrew Presley; great-grandchildren, Dalton Dye and Peyton Kenton; and a host of nieces, nephews and other near relatives.
Pallbearers will be Sonny Lackey, Larry Montgomery, Dale Holloway, Tommy Ratliff, Jackie Clayton, Guy Harris and Lowery Bass. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Crider, Elzie Johnson, and the Tupelo Police Department.
Memorials may be sent to Calvary Assembly Worship Center, P.O. Box 32, Tupelo, MS 38802. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holland Funeral Directors
5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd
Tupelo, MS 38801
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Feb. 1, 2014