Bobbie Eichelberger Carlisle – The Vicksburg Post
Bobbie Eichelberger Carlisle was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world on September 21 at the age of 75 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives with respect and generosity.
She was born to Bob and Robbie Faye Everett Eichelberger on August 31, 1946, in Morton, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, where she won the Betty Crocker Prize, Bobbie received her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. She received merit as an Outstanding Student from the College of Education, while performing as a clarinetist with the Famous Maroon Band. Masters and Honors degrees quickly followed from Mississippi College.
After college, she began her 39-year career with the Vicksburg-Warren School District, most as a sixth grade math teacher, then as a head teacher at several local elementary schools. In Vicksburg, she met her husband, Hayes Carlisle, and together they had two children, Magen and Allen. Bobbie’s pride was helping others reach their full potential, and she shared her passion for learning with thousands of children over the years as a teacher. One of her favorite things was talking to former students in town who always had endearing words for “Mrs. Carlisle.”
Bobbie was a longtime member of Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where she continually provided a helping hand. Her generosity to others was always evident, and two of her favorite causes were St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Meals on Wheels kitchen / delivery.
Bobbie loved life and appreciated the simpler pleasures life had to offer. She enjoyed eating well with her family and friends while enjoying the company around her. His weekly “sit-down” dinners, organized jointly with his sister and his family, will always be remembered by those close to him.
Bobbie loved gardening and became an active member of the Warren County Master Gardeners. She saw the beauty of nature and wanted to spread the splendor of God using her green thumb. Bobbie also loved to travel and was eager to share stories from his adventures around the world. Canoe trips with Hayes were also popular, from the sandy rivers of the Mississippi to the flowing waters of the Appalachians.
Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. Bobbie is survived by her husband, Hayes; one daughter, Magen Williams (Brad); one son, Allen Carlisle (Anna); one sister, Betty Whitaker (Clarence); two brothers, John Eichelberger (Lisa) and Paul Eichelberger (Rene); four grandchildren, Nate, Hayes, Emily and Cora and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, September 24 at Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church, near the corner of Porter’s Chapel Road and Gibson Road in Vicksburg. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church on their behalf.