Anne Bobo Vinson, 1925-2017

Anne Vinson

Anne Bobo Vinson, also known as “Mama Anne” to many, 91, of Little Rock, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017.

She was born April 4, 1925, in Watson Chapel, daughter of Loyd C. and Sarah Lindsay Bobo. She was raised in Watson Chapel, graduating from Watson Chapel High School.

She married the Rev. Everett Moseley Vinson, a Methodist pastor in the Little Rock Conference, on March 28, 1947, in Pine Bluff. Mrs. Vinson served churches throughout Arkansas well as a dedicated minister’s wife until her husband passed away in Smackover in 1980. After his death, Mrs. Vinson moved to Little Rock, where she became an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed time with family, playing bridge, traveling and serving the church. She was a fantastic cook, known especially for her pies.

Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, James Paul Vinson; two brothers, Lindsay and Marion Bobo; sister, Margaret Singer; and two grandchildren, James Paul Vinson Jr. and John Vinson.

Survivors include two daughters, Sarah Short (Russ) of Little Rock and Suzanne Dunn (Jim) of Fort Smith; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Vinson of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Amy Johnson (David), Rusty Short (Amanda), Holt Short (Katie), all of Little Rock, Julie Stewart (Eric) of Fayetteville and Matt Dunn (Vanessa) of Boise, Idaho; and ten great-grandchildren.

A celebration service was held March 16 at St. Paul UMC Little Rock, with the Rev. Rich Mitchell officiating. A reception followed at the church; burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock, AR 72207 or Goddard United Methodist Church Pantry, 1922 Dodson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901.