A Time to be Born: On March 5, 1937, Sammie (Darling) and Bobbie Lynn welcomed a happy baby girl into the family. She was truly special, because she was the second girl of the nine children born to this union. To her family many called her “Itti” when she was young; but later she would be admired by her grand-daughter and great-grandsons and affectionately called, “GiGi”. This led all of their friends and church members to call her “Mama GiGi”.
A Time to Learn: For the first years of her education she attended Zion Hill School in Long Pine, Texas. She later attended Bruce High School where she graduated.
A Time to Give Birth: Her most wonderful and precious gift of her daughter-Avey Yvette Lynn DeVine-is what she thanked God for more than anything else that she had done in her life. She was blessed to give birth to only one child and see the blessing that God had given her become everything that God had created her to be. She always told Yvette that, “Anything anyone else can do; you can do better.”
A Time to Work: Bobbie worked at “Little Duds Kindergarten”, Haggar Slacks Company, and Pollock Paper Company in her younger years. In her later years she worked as a Homecare Assistant to help those who were disabled and elderly.
A Time to Live: She lived a full and happy life. She was baptized at an early age, and became a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church-Long Pine, TX. She sang in the choir leading songs like, “Somewhere Around God’s Throne,” and many other songs. She left Long Pine and moved to Dallas; until she returned home to care for her sick mother years later. She later moved back to Dallas, TX where she joined Inspiring Body of Christ Church (IBOC); and later when her daughter became a pastor, she joined Ambassadors for Christ Cross-Cultural Church Ministries where she remained a faithful and dedicated member.
She was the baby girl of the family, and all of her siblings spoiled her. She learned to cook at an early age while watching her mother, Darling Lynn, cooking in the kitchen. She was one of the best cooks in the world. Everyone remembers her pies, cakes, and let’s not forget the collard, turnip, and mustard greens and hot water cornbread. She fed so many people that the number is impossible to count. If you were around her, you would never be hungry, because she was going to get in the kitchen and whip up a great meal to share with you. She played basketball in high school, and was very good at it. She loved sports, and would try not to miss any games on television.
Bobbie loved her grand-daughter and great-grandsons with the deepest love. She was always there for them, willing to help in any way she could. There was never anything too big or too small for her to do for them. Her zest for life came from the love she had for Renaida and the boys. She was blessed by God with one of the world’s greatest son-in-law’s. Elder Mart DeVine has been a great intercessor and provider for her for the past 28 years. She loved him for all the time, effort, and love that he poured into her. Her daughter spoiled her too; and she knew that Yvette would give her the world, if she could.
She loved deeply, and was loved by all of her nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and church family. She really loved her family, and was dedicated to her whole family. Always tried to solve everybody’s problems to make sure they had a good life. That was her nature. She was truly a warrior and had a determination like no other. She was not a quitter.
She loved to hear the Word of God preached, sung, and danced, loved gospel music; most of all, she loved Jesus. She realized at an early age that Jesus was her best friend. Her life was surrounded by many who encouraged her and kept her going strong in the Lord.
A Time to Mourn: She mourned the loss of her father; Bobbie Lynn, mother Sammie (Darling) Lynn; six brothers: Joseph, Jonathan, David, Isaac, Jacob, and John; and many aunts, uncles, and relatives and friends.
Those remaining to cherish her memory and long for her to be here: her daughter, Pastor Avey Yvette DeVine (Elder Mart DeVine); grand-daughter, Renaida Griffin Luna; three great-grandsons, Dhasia, Jeshajah, Anthony; one sister, Icer Ruth Lynn (Longview, TX); one brother, Anderson Lynn (Barbara) (Lake O’ the Pines, TX); sister-in-law’s, Annie Lynn, Betty Lynn, and Mary Lynn; god-daughter, Barbara Peoples; church family, Ambassadors for Christ Cross-Cultural Church Ministries; and a host of special nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.