Bobbie Faye (Lankford) Pogue: Loved by Many

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Bobbie Faye (Lankford) Pogue 1946-2016

Bobbie was born on February 24th, 1946 in Laurel, Mississippi to Robert “Bob” Lankford and Edith (Gossien) Lankford. She was the firstborn of five children. She died at home surrounded by her family on May 1st, 2016.She moved with her family to the Garberville area in 1954. She attended Garberville Elementary and South Fork High School. Bobbie nearly lived her entire life in southern Humboldt County. She worked in many restaurants in the area; most notably the Riverwood Inn and as co-owner operator of the Roadrunner Cafe, in Phillipsville from 1969 until her retirement in 2001.

She was an active member in the Phillipsville Fire Department, where she volunteered many hours along with several friends to raise funds for the department. Beside her were Mo Beebe, Donna Wygal, Sharon Toborg, Doris Miller, and many others. Together these ladies held the annual Hot August Days in Phillipsville, where she ran the snack shack to sell burgers and drinks to raise funds for fire engines and to also build the fire house. The snack shack also serviced the Phillipsville Motocross Track for the years it was opened and operated by the Beebe’s. She would also host the pancake feed annually every biker weekend to raise funds for various fire department needs. Bobbie also sold thousands of tickets for the Phillipsville Fire Dept. annual Valentine’s Day drawing for the Hawaii retreat for two.

Bobbie enjoyed working in her garden and she built flowerbeds that were admired by all. She also loved casinos and slot machines. Those slot machines returned the love making her the winner of numerous jackpots.

Bobbie was very close to her family and no woman ever had a closer relationship with their grandchildren than she.

Bobbie is survived by her husband of 34 years, John Pogue of Phillipsville; as well as her six children and two stepsons: her children are Vonai (Hartzell) Graham of Garberville; Brenda (Hartzell) Carpenter of Weott; Samuel “Sonny” Hartzell of Phillipsville; Georgie Sutherland of Miranda; Rick Sutherland of Fortuna; and Lisa (Sutherland) Wheeler of Miranda; step sons, Michael Pogue of Weott and James Pogue of Myers Flat. She is also survived by her two sisters, Djuanna Lankford, of Cool, Ca & Marty Mangrum of Montague, Ca. and by her aunt Sue Gossien Knight of Fortuna. Bobbie’s grandchildren are Melissa and Tara Sutherland, Justin Hartzell and Janai (Carpenter) Guzman, DeVon, Jenna and Kelsey Hartzell, Levi Paine, Ellise Sutherland, Vonai Willison and Cody & Emalynn Wheeler, Donovan Pogue and Kayden, Kaylee, & Johnny-Rae Pogue. Great-grandchildren are Sean W. and Connor Hartzell, Ryder Robinson, Alisha Guzman and Lillian Hartzell. Bobbie also has two great grandchildren to be born later this year. Bobbie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by both parents; her two brothers, Robert and Lynn Lankford; her nephew Robert Jones; Her two grandchildren, Sean D. Hartzell and Alisha Carpenter and her great-granddaughter Melinna McPherson.

Bobbie was loved by many from her community and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Bobbie’s funeral will be held on May 11, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Redway at 2pm with burial following at the Garberville Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow immediately at the Phillipsville Fire Hall- Bobbie’s family plans to fire up the BBQ, but a pot luck side dish is requested and greatly appreciated.

George Sutherland Jr. (Son)
Rick Sutherland (Son)
James Pogue (Step-Son)
Justin Hartzell (Grandson)
DeVon Hartzell (Grandson)
Donovan Pogue (Grandson)
Rich Jones (Nephew)
Denny Parker (Nephew)
Sonny Hartzell (Son)
Parker Jones (Great Nephew) – In honor and memory of Robert Jones (Nephew)


  • You were an amazing lady my cousin. My heart breaks for all who loved you. May the sweet memories of you somehow ease the pain they are feeling inside their hearts. My sympathy and prayers are with you all.

  • She was a great woman..I loved and respected her very much..Rest in peace Bobbie..

  • Ernie Branscomb

    I went to school with Bobbie, she was a nice girl. She had the brightest red hair
    that I’ve ever seen. She was a great cook. We always thought that it was a great treat to eat at the Road Runner. I’m sorry for our loss. Condolences to her friends and family.

  • Dave and I were saddened to learn of Bobbie’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and to all of her friends. She will be missed. May you rest in peace Bobbie… until we meet again.

  • Whoever wrote this obituary did a beautiful job. To the immediate family thanks for sharing your mom with me while we grew up. She was a really solid and down to earth part of my life. I am very sad for you all. I am currently traveling and afraid I am not going to be back for the funeral. I feel like I too should’ve made effort to say goodbye. But my respects are certainly there even though I will not be. My heart goes out to you all.

  • Gearl Lynne Rice

    Bobby was the most beautiful girl I ever seen.I thought when I was A little girl, she had beautiful Red hair,and a wonderful personality, I always look to her as someone to be like. I love My family, Bobby, and Marty, Djuanna, and Donna, are the last of My mom’s family,I Fell lost as they go. It hurts, and we all know what I mean, tears want stop, not mad just wish I could had done more to be with all of you,sorry vonai, brenda, sonny,lisa Ricky.I don’t know the words or if they exist, I well love all of you. LYNNE

  • Just returned from out of town. Something in my heart told me this lovely woman had passed. Wish I could have been there to pay last respects. The community will miss Bobbie greatly. She was a true community member who devoted so much time serving them in many ways. Rest in Peace Bobbie.

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