Bobbye Lynn Watts Pointer obituary

August 16, 2013

Bobbye Lynn Watts Pointer
Anderson County School System Librarian
Norris, Tennessee

On the evening of July 31, 2013, Bobbye passed away at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after suffering complications from a fall in her home the day before. She was being comforted by her family at the time of her passing. Bobbye was 78 years old.

Bobbye was born in Lynch, Kentucky, on September 30, 1934. She was the first of three daughters to Margaret Elizabeth Lawhorn and Elbert Jackson (E.J.) Watts.

Bobbye lived most of her wonderful and blessed life in Norris, Tennessee. She entered the historic Norris School as a freshman in 1948 and graduated from its high school in 1952. She and Marion Pointer, her class sweetheart, were destined to be together by virtue of her signature in his yearbook which read: “To the one I love. Forever yours. Bobbye.” They were married on June 14, 1952. Their bond and commitment brought forth joy and giving to five daughters, their extended families, and an immense association of friends in her church, school system, and community.

Anyone who knew her would say that Bobbye gave completely of herself for her family and those in need. Doing for others was much more important to her than what she ever did for herself. Her passion for life was simply to give her time, her home, and her love. If she ever met a stranger, that was the end of it; they were strangers no more. She accepted everyone; no matter where they came from, in good times or in bad. Bobbye earnestly believed that every person she met was part of a larger family; and since they might have needed one at the time, she might as well make them part of hers. Her home was always warm and inviting; and usually you had to pass her in the kitchen for a good “Hey Honey” and a hug, before she’d let you in to visit. She tirelessly cooked up a bounty for anyone who needed a warm meal; and nobody ever beat a cathead biscuit like those Bobbye used to make.

Her church family lived at Norris First Baptist. A healthy and mindfully woman of conviction, Bobbye’s Christian view of the world was anything but average. She faithfully and willingly executed her faith and raised her family with the same fervor and excitement. She was a true ambassador of the church, and it was her mission to spread the joy to those in her community, and to others she met, even for only a moment. She was a genuine, giving spirit and set a standard for anyone fortunate to have been in her company.

Make no mistake; Bobbye Pointer was a fireball with the flaming red hair to match. She wasn’t at all shy about telling you what she thought; and since it was apparently always right, she could tame an unruly second grader or a trying teenager in a second with a firm look, a sharp wit, and a tight grip. To resist would have been unwise. Her presence alone demanded respect, for she saw value in everyone, even when they didn’t see it themselves. She led us all by example. If she was on a mission to make a difference, you might as well follow, because there was only one person taking the lead.

Bobbye’s commitment to the Anderson County School system has been documented many times. She started working with the Norris Elementary School as an aide for the second grade in 1967. She kept this position until 1971 when she began her long career as the school librarian. The position required continuing education, so Bobbye, at the age of 41, started her college education in Library Science at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. Her service was immeasurable to thousands of children from kindergarten to the fifth and sixth grades. She only recently retired in 2012 at the age of 77; a void felt dearly by all; after giving 45 years of unselfish service. Because of her dedicated service, Bobbye was selected by the Norris Lions Club as the Norris Day Honoree on July 4, 2007. The inscription on her plaque is plainly appropriate: “Award of Honor for Youth Literacy and Reading. The fruits of your efforts will persist for generations.” To date, over three generations of students experienced the learning and imagination that Bobbye introduced and encouraged. For all of us, “Mrs. Pointer” will forever be one of the greatest stories we will never forget.

Bobbye was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and E.J. Watts; her sister, Alice Marie Watts; and her dearest friend, Helen Hyder.

Bobbye is survived by her husband of 61 years, William “Bill” Marion Pointer; her sister, Shirley Ann Beck and husband, Harry of Clearwater, Florida. Bobbye is also survived by five daughters, Mary Gibson and husband, Fred of Corryton; Vicki Pointer of Norris; Katie Musgrave and Mike of Norris; Lorri Johnson and husband, Junior of Soddy Daisy; Carolyn Neil and husband, Rodney of Knoxville; 25 grandchildren with their spouses; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members.

Special thanks is given on behalf of the family to the many who visited Bobbye during her final days; to those who had her in their prayers; and to the friends and family who continue to receive blessings from the life that Bobbye lived.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday, August 5, 2013 at Norris First Baptist Church, 149 W. Norris Road, Norris, Tennessee. A Celebration of Life will follow at 7:00 pm, in the church sanctuary with Pastor David Seiber officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in the form of an elementary school book for Bobbye’s Library at Norris Elementary School, 42 E. Circle Road, PO Box 949, Norris, TN 37828. Books will gladly be accepted during the visitation or by mail to Norris First Baptist Church, 42 E. Circle Road, P.O. Box 949, Norris, TN 37828.

An online Register Book can be signed at Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements.

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  • 1. Jan Johnson-Nelson  |  August 19, 2013 at 7:47 am


    So sorry to hear about your mom. It’s hard to lose them no matter the circumstances.

    If there is anything I can do, let me know! I lost my mom recently, as well so I know what you are feeling.

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