Robert Card



Tupelo-Robert Earl “Bob” Card, 85, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at the NMMC-Pontotoc Extended Care Unit after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Oktibbeha County on June 4, 1932 to Murray and Mable Young Card, Bob grew up there. A patriotic American, Bob was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force with service during the time of the Korean Conflict, primarily stationed in Alaska. He attended East Mississippi Junior College where he studied Medical Technology. He and his wife, Allye, moved to Tupelo in l960 where he was a route man and foreman for Cockrell Banana Company. He later worked for over 15 years as a salesman for Kraft Foods, was an agent with Lamar Life Insurance Company and spent his last 10 years working as a bus driver for Tupelo Public Schools. Bob and his family were longtime active members of Parkway Baptist Church where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, Treasurer for over 25 years and active in RA’s. Bob loved the outdoors and sports and was an avid Mississippi State Bulldog football fan. He was a master golfer, enjoyed his afternoon coffee sessions with fellow retired veterans at Hardee’s and was a doting grandfather to his 6 grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at Parkway Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Nichols and Bro. Matt Scopel officiating. Mike Edwards and his daughter, Ginger Howe will provide music. Burial will follow at 3 PM in the Bruce Cemetery in Bruce, MS. Visitation will be from 5PM-7PM today (Tue) at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, which is honored to be serving the family.

Survivors include his wife, Allye Edwards Card of Tupelo, to whom he married Sept. 10, 1953; his children, Robert “Bob” Card, Jr. (Beverly) of Cleveland, MS., Richard Card (Jill) of Wheaton, Ill., and Ginger Card Howe (David) of Tupelo. 6 grandchildren; Christopher, Ethan James, Griffin Card and Gregory, Emily and Leslie Howe. 2 great grandchildren; Emma Catherine and Christopher, Jr. two sisters, Annie Mae Card of Starkville and Jean Thornton of Mathiston, MS. several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charlie and Billy Card.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Seals, David Moore, Chuck Bunn, Cobran Edwards, Bobby Wages and David Howe. Honorary pallbearers will be Rev. Robert Shirley, Rev. Len Sullivan, Rudolph Franks, Jim Wright, Paul Robertson, John West, Charles Owens and Billy Lowery.

Memorials may be made to Parkway Baptist Church, 1302 Lee St., Tupelo, MS. 38804. Condolences may be e mailed to