Smithville – Ruth “George” Estis, 61, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, and her husband, Roy Lee “Peanut” Estis, 63, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as a result of injuries received from the Smithville tornado.
A daughter of Paul Britain and Omie Mae Mize Robinson, Ruth was born June 8, 1949, in Lee County. She was a graduate of Nettleton High School. Ruth was a loving homemaker and had worked as a seamstress in the garment industry in Smithville and as a checker at Jitney Jungle in Amory. She also had served as a babysitter for numerous children. Good as gold, she enjoyed gospel music and watching Bro. John Hagee on television.
A son of Charlie Eldon and Mattie Evelyn Chism Estis, Peanut was born April 23, 1948, in Itawamba County. He attended Smithville High School until being drafted into the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War. Peanut was a mill worker at True Temper Sports, a former Chief of Police for the Town of Smithville and a police officer for the Town of Hatley. He had also worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and served as the District 1 Constable of Monroe County. He was a Master Mason. Always jolly and known as a jokester, Peanut enjoyed visiting with his café buddies at Phil’s Place and Mel’s Diner, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and listening to country music. A tough yet very loving man, he could always be found helping others in the community.
They were members of Trace Road Baptist Church. Inseparable and doing everything together, they enjoyed fishing, playing cards and camping. Spending time with their children and spoiling their grandbabies were very important to them.
A celebration of life service was held at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with burial in Young Memorial Gardens. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors included their children, Shellie (Dwayne) Brown, Kellie Estis, Paul (Amy) Estis and Brian (Kim) Estis, all of Smithville; grandchildren, CaraAnn, Savannah, Jimiann, Gable, Maggie, Garrett and Kerra; Ruth’s brothers, Ken Robinson of Tupelo and Jimmy Robinson of Aberdeen; Peanut’s sisters, Paula Comer and Marilyn Noe of Smithville; and nieces and nephews they dearly loved.
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