She was born September 15, 1934 in Crystal Springs, MS to William and Bonnie (Davis) Jackson.
On May 28, 1959, she married the love of her life, Garry D. Vavak in OKC.
She retired after 32 years from the International Pentecostal Holiness Church Headquarters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bonnie Jackson.
Survivors include her husband, Garry of Bethany; children, Terri Vavak of Bethany, Sheila Sellers and husband Randy of Cabot, Arkansas, Ronnie Vavak of Bethany, and Michele Hardy and husband Deral of Bethany; grandchildren, Haley Stevens and husband Justin of Edmond, Jonathan Sellers and fiancée Summer Hill of Edmond, Dana Sellers of Peace Corps, Zambia Africa, and Carson Hardy of Bethany.
Viewing will be Friday, noon-9 p. m,, with family present from 6-8 p.m. at Mercer-Adams.
Services will be Saturday, March 19, 2:00 p. m. at Mercer-Adams Chapel with interment in Bethany Cemetery.
Air Force Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel, Randy Sellers, Senior Protestant Chaplain at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas will officiate the memorial service on Saturday.
[Editor's Comment: Melvine, my wife, and Bea Jackson, were classmates at Holmes Bible College, in Greenville, SC. When I became the ecclesiastical endorser for IPHC chaplains, both military and institutional, I worked closely with Bea who took care of all of my travel voucher requests for reimbursement for cost for POV travel, per diem, and entertainment for chaplains. She was always pleasant, eager to help me and was able to expedite every request in a timely manner. I soon learned I could depend on Bea. It is good to have outstanding support people at our church headquarters in administration. Whenever, I visited the General Ministries Center I made it a priority to stop by her office and thank her for her exceptional ministry and service to me and our chaplains.
During my tenure as director/endorser of Chaplains Ministries, IPHC, God gave me the opportunity to endorse her son-in-law, Randy Sellers, for the Air Force Chaplaincy. The Air Force Chief of Chaplains Personnel Management Division at Randolph AFB, Texas, selected him immediately and gave him orders for his commissioning, as well as his first active duty assignment. He and Sheila, Bea Vavak's daughter, have found their niche in the Chaplaincy of the Air Force.
The Garry and Bea Vavak family is well-known in the IPHC. Garry was a leader in the boys' ministries of our church long before it was named Royal Rangers. He might be called a pioneer in Boys' ministries.
May God bless the life and legacy that Bea Vavak has given to God and us, the people of faith.