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Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo)

3715 Highway 25, Montevallo, AL

OBITUARY

Bobbye Kirkland Lightfoot

July 17, 1930August 2, 2019

Bobbye Orr Kirkland Lightfoot passed at the age of 89 on August 2, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents Jessie Pearl Orr Kirkland and John Robert Kirkland. She was born in Fort Davis, AL and graduated from Tuskegee High School where she met the love of her life, Frank Koehne Lightfoot. Her parents were determined that she would be an educated lady and sent her to Alabama College in Montevallo. There, she studied Physical Education and began her lifelong love for her Alma Mater. She married Frank just before her senior year in 1951. After her graduation in 1952, she returned to Tuskegee and taught at Tuskegee High School. After Frank returned from the Korean War they moved to Notasulga and started their family. In 1956, they moved to her beloved Montevallo, where she lived the rest of her wonderful life. Her passion was education and taught in the Montevallo and Helena Public Schools for several years, during this time she completed her Master’s degree in Education at Alabama College. In 1971 she began teaching at the newly named University of Montevallo in the College of Education. During this time she completed her Doctorate of Education at the University of Alabama where she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Early Childhood Education. She was instrumental in developing the Early Childhood Education Program at Montevallo and served as Chairperson of the Department until her retirement in 1991. After retirement, she and Frank enjoyed her love for travel and drove through most of the US and Canada. During her life, she received many honors and awards, but her most treasured was the UM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989 and the UM Health and Physical Education Department Alumnus of the Year in 1986. She would quickly say that above all her accomplishments, she was mostly proud of her three cherished sons and their families. She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Frank; her sons: Frank Jr (Kirsten) of St. Augustine, FL, Kirk (Carol) of Montevallo, AL and Scott (Kaye) of Greenville, AL; Grandchildren: Taylor (Jaime), Ashley, John (Jenny), Marion, Lauren, Megan (Phillip), Chandler (Dakota), Virginia, Cooper, and Ann; Great Grandchildren: Thomas, Grant, Nora Joelle, Dylan, Luke and Bradley. She loved and left behind countless former students, former classmates, many close friends and relatives. Visitation at Rockco Funeral Home in Montevallo is on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10:00 am with a graveside service at 11:00 am at the Montevallo Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Bobbye Kirkland Lightfoot Scholarship, UofM, PO Box 6000, Montevallo, AL 35115 or to The American Village-Memorials, PO Box 6, Montevallo, AL 35115.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

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KAREN (MCCLURE) RYER

August 7, 2019

Attended the University of Montevallo, and remember Ms. Lightfoot and her husband well. She was a wonderful and influential woman, who was loved by many. You will be greatly missed.

Shirlene Epperson

August 6, 2019

I have always loved Ms. Lightfoot. When I worked at the Physical Plant at the University of Montevallo I had the privilege of assisting her each week with transportation to use as she visited various schools. She always used car number P 20. I’ll never forget it. Later after we both retired ... when we met she would always kiss me and talk about little Shirlene Morgan. She made me feel so special and loved. Although we did not spend lots of time together I truly loved her and will miss her. May the family cherish precious memories

Debbie Huggins

August 6, 2019

So so sorry for your loss. I remember Mrs. Lightfoot from days in the past when I lived in Shelby County & attended Shelby Academy. Definitely a wonderful person. My prayers for strength & understanding are for all of you & my love & thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. 🙏

Jeff Patterson

August 5, 2019

Dr. Bobbye Lightfoot, was truly an inspiration to me. As one of my professors at the University of Montevallo, she provided direction and guidance enabling me to achieve my academic goals. Her friendship, kindness, genuineness, and wisdom made her the great professor that she was. She will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are extended to the family during this difficult time.

Carla Greene

August 5, 2019

She was a very special person to me I loved her very much an will truly miss her she was my best friend an i will be there for my other best friend mister Frank Lightfoot I love him to .

Sybil Pennington

August 4, 2019

Ms. Lightfoot was my PE teacher at Montevallo High School back in the day. She was a great teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Peggy Emfinger Worthy

August 4, 2019

You know I loved Uncle Robert and Aunt Pearl. They had a wonderful daughter and I was proud to be part of their family.

Ed Robertson

August 4, 2019

Bobbye was a dear woman with a beautiful spirit.

Sammie Adkins Cockrell

August 4, 2019

I am a former student of her 5th grade class at Montevallo Elementary. She was a wonderful teacher. She was a great friend to my mother, Saxon. I know she will be missed by countless friends, family, and former students.

Tommie Harriaon

August 3, 2019

Both Leslie and I had the honor of having Bobbye as our teacher and friend. She was always so professional and so caring. We loved her.

FROM THE FAMILY