Ernestine Covington Guynes
Ernestine "Teenie" Covington Guynes passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the age of 93.
The youngest of four girls, Ernestine was born in Jackson, Miss. to John Luther and Bessie Coleman Covington. She lived most of her life in Jackson and Brandon, Miss. After graduating from Central High School, she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She married William "Bill" Francis Guynes Jr. in 1946, and they were married for 58 years. She was a loving daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who lovingly took care of her family, neighbors and friends.
She is survived by daughters Becky Farley (Frank) and Frances Guynes of Meridian; son Jeff Guynes (Tressa) of Montrose, Colo.; grandchildren, Nan King Tucker (Sam), Jason Guynes King (Meg), Brooke Evans Pullen (Monty), Daniel Lewis, Jenni Lewis Barr (John David) and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Sissy Hampton of Boise, Idaho and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Francis Guynes Jr., daughter Janis Guynes King; sisters Manie Woodruff and Jean Butts, and parents John Luther and Bessie Coleman Covington.
A celebration of Ernestine's life will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Ott & Lee Funeral Home, Brandon, Miss., at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Crossgates Baptist Church, 8 Crosswoods Rd, Brandon, MS 39042; or Aldersgate Methodist Senior Services, 6600 Poplar Springs Drive, Meridian, MS 39305.
The family thanks the staff at Aldersgate Personal Care, Bedford Care Center and Compassus Hospice, as well as sitters Sandra, Belinda, Dimetrice and Rose who helped take care of her.
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Published on January 27, 2020


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