March 22, 2002
Here is the obituary that ran in the Mobile Press Register on February
2 & 3. I have made a few corrections because the paper had some facts
wrong. Other than that it is copied word for word.
Mrs. Beverly Knowles Vinsant--A native and life long resident of
Mobile, AL died on Friday, February 1, 2002 at her residence. She was
a member of Good Shepherd Church. She was preceded in death by her
father, Dan Knowles, Sr. and brother, Dan Knowles, Jr. She is survived
by her husband, Stanley Vinsant of Mobile; two daughters, Vickie
(Gordon) Bailey of Bay Minette and Tracie (Craig) Stanley of
Charleston, SC; mother, Evelyn Knowles of Mobile; two sisters,
Debbie Evans of Mobile and Kathy McArdle of Mobile; four grandchildren,
Benjamin Stanley of Charleston, SC; Brandon Bailey, Nicholas Bailey
and Brad Bailey all of Bay Minette, AL; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Pine Crest Funeral
Home on Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 2 PM. The family will receive
friends at the funeral home on Saturday, February 2, 2002 from 5-8PM.
Private family entombment will take place on Monday. Arrangements by
PINE CREST FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Dauphin Island Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36605.
My (Tracie) own addition: Someone not a "blood" relative, but such a
dear friend to my mom was Joy Reid Perry. She was just as close as
any family member. They were best friends since the third grade. Joy
took my mom to doctor appointments when my sister wasn't able to,
after my mom was no longer able to drive. My mom had several other
dear friends as well.
February 7, 2002
I just wanted to let you know that we have gotten back to Summerville
after being in Mobile since last Friday. Anyone who has e-mailed me
personally I will reply to soon.
My Mother's service was beautiful. A lot of people came & a lot sent
her flowers or plants. So many people said how she was the sweetest
person they had ever known & how she was a real lady. I know she is
in heaven & that is very comforting to me.
Right after my mom died, Vickie (my sister) was in the kitchen. She
looked at my mom from the kitchen & thought, "She looks like she is
smiling, I must be seeing things." She walked over to my moms bed to
check & she was indeed smiling. When the hospice nurse got there she
said, "She is smiling, she is beautiful! I've never seen anything
like this before." She must have been in the presence of the Lord,
family who went before her, or Elvis. ;o)
My mother had loved Elvis, after all she grew up in the 50's. My
sister & her family took my mother to Graceland the last weekend that
my mom spent on this earth.
Anyway, that smile was a real blessing.
February 1, 2002
5 AM Eastern Time
I got word a little while ago from my sister and dad. My mom has
gone to heaven.
February 1, 2002
I'm sorry I haven't updated you in a few weeks, but there was really
no change, until the past few days.
My Mom isn't expected to make it through the weekend. Please keep
her in your prayers, that she not suffer, & that she goes peacefully.
Please pray for my family during this time, that we have the strength
we need to get through this.
Thank you so much for all of your support.
January 4, 2002
I have something very important to ask you. Would you pray for my
Mother and family? Here is the story in a nutshell:
My Mother has breast cancer & it has spread to her lungs, bones (one
of her legs and the pelvis area), chest, & now her brain. The doctor
told my sister today that she thinks my Mother has about two to four
months left. My sister and a family friend took my Mother to a
different doctor today, as it seems that the last doctor was negligent.
He kept telling them there was no change when the cancer was in fact
They are going to continue with radiation and chemotherapy -- she has
been on a chemo pill, & I think this doctor is going to look for a
more aggressive chemo. There is already swelling on the brain -- they
will start radiation on her head on Monday, & the doctor also wrote a
prescription for some medicine to help too.
I know with God, all things are possible - I know He can still heal
her, & that is what I am going to pray for. I am asking all those
who are willing to please pray for my Mother. Her name is Beverly
Vinsant. She is only 58 years old.
I do not live in the same town with my family, I moved away 16 years
ago. Although this is hard for me, it is much worse for my sister.
My Mother is my sisters best friend. She lives with my sister a lot
of the time & has helped with her son. They are together much
of the time. My sister is devastated. She & her husband just had a
baby (their 2nd son) on December 19th.
Also, this will be very difficult for my Grandmother, who is still as
healthy as they come at 80 years old. My Mother's brother died last
April from alcoholism & heartbreak from losing his wife in December of
2000. This is why this would make it even more difficult for my
Grandmother. Her husband (my Grandfather) passed away in 1999, as
did her brother and best friend. Is this a major whammy for her or
My Mother also has two sisters, a husband (my Dad), three grandsons &
other friends and relatives.
I tell you all of these things not meaning to be wordy, but just so
you understand how devastating a loss it will be to a lot of people
if she has to go soon. I know God can heal her, & we just need as
many people as possible praying for her healing.
Please add her to any prayer chains that you know of. Thank you so
much if you are willing to pray for her. Lets show the world what God
will do when His children join together in prayer! I will post updates
here when I have them.