Funeral services for Robert Murry Mallette, 75, of Benoit will be at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 6 at Benoit Union Church. He died Saturday, December 3 at Delta Regional Medical Center. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery, Beulah, MS under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
Bob was born in Stringtown, MS graduating from Benoit High School. After graduation he attended Harding University in Searcy, AR until enlisting in the U. S. Army. After his discharge from the Army he attended Delta State University and then became employed with Tennessee Gas Pipeline until retiring in 1996. Bob was then self-employed as a marine surveyor until retiring in 2014.
He was an avid turkey hunter, lifelong amateur radio operator, and very involved with the Mississippi Barbecue Network.
Bob was a Past Master and 32nd Degree Mason in Greenville Lodge #206 in Greenville. He was also a member of T.J. Catchings Lodge #394 in Inverness and Indianola Lodge #450 in Indianola. Additionally, he was chosen for the Masonic and Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Appendant Orders of the Holy Sepulchre and of St. John the Evangelist.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Murry Mallette and Dorothy Dreher Mallette and by a brother, Brad Jordan, as well as his stepmother, Lorea Mallette. He is survived by his wife, Betty Knight Mallette of Benoit; 2 daughters, Leigh Mallette McCluskey of Walls and Stephanie Mallette of Starkville; step-daughter, Kellie Ray of Tallulah, LA and step-son, Brad Beard of Tallulah, LA; 2 brothers, Ken Jordan of Niceville, FL and Butch Mallette of Greenwood; 2 sisters, Marilyn Cutrell of Gainesville, GA and Gilda Jordan of Nashville, TN and 5 grandchildren.
The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Maroun El-Hayek, M.D., and his staff for the tireless care and effort, as well as the nurses, doctors, and staff at Delta Regional Medical Center.
There will be a visitation from 1:00-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 6 at Benoit Union Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Mississippi Blood Services, the Leukemia Research Foundation, and the Lymphoma Society.