Geneva Richardson Westbrooks

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 9, 2008

Geneva Richardson Westbrooks, 81, of Vicksburg departed this life Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Goodwater Church of God in Socapatoy, Ala., under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, followed by the funeral service.

Officiating will be Pastor Doris Leist and Collis Jones with special music by Sharron Baughn. Interment will be at Bradford Cemetery in Kellyton, Ala.

Mrs. Westbrooks was born July 22, 1927, in Randolph County, Ala., to James Greenberry and Stella Ogle Richardson.

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She is survived by her beloved husband, Douglas Westbrooks of Vicksburg; daughters, Charlotte Lumbley and husband Arnold of Vicksburg and Glenda Jernigan of McComb; sons, Donnie Westbrook and wife Christie of Dadeville, Ala., David and wife Debbie of Alexander City, Ala., and Damon and wife Suzie of Jackson Gap, Ala.; and daughters-in-law, Brenda Westbrook of Columbus, Ga., and Ellen Westbrook of Warm Springs, Ala.

She is also survived by two sisters, Alta Smith of Dadeville and Ruth Stroud of Alexander City; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Emmett Westbrook; her parents; and sons, Michael and James “Butch” Westbrook.

Sister Geneva was an ordained minister with The Church of God and pastored churches in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. She was an inspiration to those she touched; she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a prayer warrior, believing in the scripture in Psalms 118:24, that “This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it…”

The family wishes to thank the Providence Hospice employees, Dr. Barnes and the many friends who devoted their time and talent to assist during these difficult times.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of God, Kellyton, AL 35089.