Sunday, December 20, 2020

Elvin W. Vandevender

Mr. Elvin W. Vandevender, 90, of Macon, MS passed away at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS on Monday, December 14, 2020. A graveside service was held Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Jackson Field Cemetery in Kemper County, MS. with Bro. Gerald Butler and Pastor Jeff Shellnut officiating. Memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216. Cockrell Funeral Home was honored to be entrusted with service arrangements.

Mr. Vandevender was born on March 9, 1930 to the late Ernest and Onie Patterson Vandevender in Winston County, MS. He attended schools in Winston County, MS. Elvin worked for Georgia Pacific in the timber industry and was also engaged in farming as well. Later he operated a ripsaw for D. L. Fair Lumber Company in Louisville. Elvin moved to Macon in 1956 and began his career as a cutter for the National Pants Factory (where he was given the nickname “Footes”) until he retired after forty years of service. After having led a life of hard work, he did not sit down after his retirement. Elvin enjoyed working with his cattle and having a big garden. In his later years, he used his knowledge of gardening gained over a lifetime in helping Jeff and Patrick next-door at the Day Springs Ministry with their gardening project that teaches young people how to plant and raise a garden.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife: Vivian Burrage Vandevender; and two siblings: Pennsylvania Clark and Elzie “Bob” Vandevender.

Elvin is survived by his two sisters: Christine Clark of Macon, MS and Ernestine Lee of Louisville, MS and two brothers: Elvis Vandevender and Elmer “Rufus” Vandevender both of Louisville, MS. and numerous nieces and nephews.