Funeral services for Sylvia Knight Webb, 89, of Greenville will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023, at First Baptist Church, Greenville. She passed away in her own home Friday, May 26, 2023. Burial will be in the Leland-Stoneville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
Sylvia Knight Webb was born on August 1, 1933, in New Orleans, LA. After graduating high school at Central High in Jackson, MS, she attended and graduated from Blue Mountain College, in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and took her first teaching position in Leland, Mississippi. While there she met her husband of 59 years, James L Webb. After marrying, they moved to Greenville (MS) where they made their life. Sylvia continued her teaching at EE Bass until children came along, though she later returned to teaching and served many years at Washington School and earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Delta State University. Throughout these years she was very active in volunteer work and civic duties, including service to the Community Fund, the Colonial Garden Club, and King’s Daughters Circle, she was a life member of the Junior Auxiliary and served as President of Washington School PTA. She was an avid reader of murder mystery novels and Christian devotionals and enjoyed playing bridge throughout her life, particularly when retirement allowed more time to play in several clubs. Sylvia enjoyed travel, which included a post-college trip to Europe where she was able to stand alone in the Sistine Chapel and gaze at Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling in perfect silence. But most of all, Sylvia was a Christian who loved the Lord and was active in her faith and her church home, First Baptist Church of Greenville. There she helped teach the Royal Ambassadors and Girls Ambassadors youth programs, taught youth Sunday school, and sang in the choir. She was a devoted mother and wife, a devoted Christian, a tireless worker, and a patient and gentle lady.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Buford and Kathryn Knight of Tylertown MS, her brother Al Knight of Pelham AL, and her husband, James L Webb of Greenville, Ms. She is succeeded in life by her brother, Jerry Knight of Seattle, WA; her children Melanie Kathryn Webb of Greenville, MS, James Taylor Webb (Alicia) of Rock Spring, GA, and Susan Baye Watson (Bob) of Charlotte, NC, and grandchildren Aubrie Catherine and Elizebeth Anne Webb of Rock Spring, GA and Baye and Abigail Watson of Charlotte, NC.
The Webb family would especially like to thank Terrance Overton, Jessie Rankins, and Delta Regional Medical Center Hospice for their loving care.
There will be a visitation from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Greenville, MS, and Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS.