Bernice Babb

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Bernice W. Babb
Corinth-Annis Bernice White Babb, 96, a great ole soul, transformed from her earthly pilgrimage and secured the promise of her faith, eternal life, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from her residence in Corinth. Born in the Freedom Hills of Alabama near Red Bay on January 7, 1922, Bernice Babb was reared there by her parents, Lester M. and Energie Vinson White. A graduate of Red Bay High School, she set her sights on becoming a Nurse. Training at old McRae/Magnolia Hospital in Corinth, she mastered her profession and spent the next almost 50 years practicing not only the science of nursing but the art of loving and caring for her many patients along the way. In the spirit of Nursing’s founder, Florence Nightingale, she was straightforward, dignified and encouraging. She met a dashing young aspiring minister and soldier, Jewel Galloway Babb, and they were married while Mr. Babb was serving his country in World War II. Upon completion of seminary, she and Rev. Babb traversed the then North Miss. Conference of the United Methodist Church in the l950’s, the turbulent l960’s and 1970’s serving in Potts Camp, Becker, Merigold twice, Hernando, Charleston, Ripley, Columbus, Amory, Fulton and retired from the Leland charge. They returned to Corinth to live the remainder of their lives. Nurse Babb enjoyed and appreciated her public nursing stint with the State Board of Health. Despite her excellent nursing career, her permanent legacy will be that of a stalwart, loyal and faithful wife, mother and grandmother. She trained her children well and expected nothing less than respect, devotion and high ideals from them. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the delight of her life .She enjoyed ceramics, painting, needlework and holding forth in her faith daily. She held Church membership at Box Chapel United Methodist Church, where the Babb family generationally has gathered to worship God and celebrate family and humanity.
A service celebrating her Victory will be held at 10:30- AM Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her children, Ann, Robert and Richard paying tributes. Rev. Jamie Bailey will provide a spiritual meditation. Visitation will be from 5 PM-7 PM Tuesday at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, 5381 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801. A committal service will be held at 1 PM Wednesday at Corinth National Cemetery with Rev. Rob Gill officiating.
Mrs. Babb is survived by her 3 children; Ann Babb Roberts and her husband, Hank of Tupelo, Robert Babb of Carrolton, Texas and Richard Babb of Tupelo. her grandchildren, Christopher Roberts of Nashville, Elizabeth Babb and Emalee Babb of Plano, Texas, Joe Babb and his wife, Lauren of Tupelo and Ellen Babb French and her husband, Clark of Charlottesville, Virginia; 3 great -grandchildren, Cate, Ava and Jack Babb all of Tupelo. Her two long time caregivers, Peggy Lasley and Pam Taylor both of Corinth, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 siblings, her husband, Rev. J. G. Babb and a granddaughter, Alexandra Babb.
Memorials may be made to Nursing Scholarships, c/o Northeast Miss. Community College, 101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS. 38829 or to Regional Rehabilitation Center, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, MS. 38801The service may be viewed live on Wednesday and 60 days thereafter at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net