Cleo Rae McKnight Westbrook
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Cleo Rae McKnight Westbrook, 84, of Pope, formerly of Shelby, died Monday June 3, 2013, at her home.

She was born on December 3, 1928, to Robert Gary and Mary (Agner) McKnight in Shelby.

She graduated Shelby High School in 1946. She married Richard Alton Westbrook on September 1, 1946. She was a former bank teller for the Bank of Bolivar County for many years.

Mrs. Westbrook was a very active member of Belleview Baptist church in Shelby for many years.

After retirement she moved to Pope and there she renewed her active church work at Enid Lake Baptist Church.

Mrs. Cleo enjoyed sewing and making clothes for children; she was an awesome cook and was always willing to entertain pastors and visiting evangelist. Her home was always filled with laughter and love and an open door to her children’s friends and her friends. Mrs. Cleo’s children can rarely remember a time on Sunday when there was not a minister and family at their home to eat. She always had a smile that showed he love for God and family. She was a loving and giving wife, mother and grandmother.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Shelby Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson, Brian Patterson, son-in-law, John G. Whatley and a niece, Salley Ship.

She is survived by daughter, June W. (Dr. Michael) Patterson of Boyle; son, Richard (Patricia) Westbrook, Jr. of Philadelphia; daughter, Barbara W. Whatley of Wesson; sister, Edith M. Bailey of Cleveland; niece J'Lynn Howell; four nephews Allen Howell, Lonnie Bailey, George Shipp and Dr. Larry Bailey.

Pallbearers are Jared Soliz, Christopher Bailey, Rob Waltman, Grant Dixon, Denver Dixon and Todd Pilgrim.

Honorary pallbearers are the Enid Lake Baptist Church Members, Lee Burke, Pat Denton and Val Soliz.

Memorials may be made to the Enid Lake Baptist Church P O Box 119 Pope, MS 38658.

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