Mississippi State fans mourn wife of former football star, coach Rocky Felker

Published 2:01 pm Monday, February 25, 2019

The wife of Mississippi State football star quarterback and later head coach Rocky Felker died Sunday after an extended illness.

Funeral services for Susan Tingle Felker will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Starkville, Mississippi. A private graveside service will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Starkville under the direction of Welch Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church and on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church.

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Felker, 65, died Sunday, Feb. 24 at her home in Starkville following an extended illness.

She was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi on June 5, 1953. A 1971 graduate of Philadelphia High School, Susan earned an associate’s degree from East Central Community College and then earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education in 1975 and a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education in 1978 from Mississippi State University.

During their marriage, Susan and her husband Rockey followed the nomadic life of a college football coach with stops in Starkville, Miss.; Lubbock, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Starkville, Miss.; Tulsa, Okla.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Starkville, Miss. In all of those environs, she provided a strong home base that allowed her husband and sons to pursue their dreams.

Susan enjoyed teaching in the Lubbock, Texas public schools early in her marriage before her sons were born and she became a full-time mom. After returning to Starkville, Susan was a valued and compassionate counselor and mentor for students with disabilities and first generation college students as part of MSU’s Student Support Services program.

She was a faithful member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Starkville and took great pride in the fact that all three of her sons chose careers in Christian ministries and service. At Grace, she treasured teaching the four- and five-year-old Sunday School class for many years. She also loved hosting dozens of Mississippi State Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) college students in her home on Wednesday nights for Bible study for nearly a decade.

Susan loved her daughters-in-law as she loved her sons – completely and without reservation. Her six beautiful grandchildren – who called her “SuSu” – were her greatest joys and the sources of her inspiration.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mavis Tingle of Philadelphia.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Rockey Felker of Starkville; three sons, Jay Felker (Jennifer) of Fort Worth, Texas; David Felker (Lauren) of Jackson, and Stephen Felker (Mary Virginia) of Memphis, Tenn.; and six grandchildren, Hudson Felker, Athan Felker, Marshall Felker, William Felker, Finley Sue Felker, and Toler Felker; a brother, John Tingle (Carol) of Ridgeland. She also is survived by several nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins.

Her family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the compassionate doctors, nurses and staffs of St. Dominic Hospital, OCH Regional Medical Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, and St. Dominic Outpatient Chemical Infusion Center along with her dedicated doctors, Dr. Paul Seago, Dr. Mike Mabry, Dr. Robert Looney, Dr. Robbie Godwin, and Dr. Cameron Huxford and their staffs, for the care she received during her battle with cancer. A special thanks to Allison Townsend at the MSU Health Center for her love and nursing care and to Amanda Brown with Legacy Hospice and Triva Robinson for their kind care at the end.

Our family would like to express gratitude for the prayer of the saints far and wide over the last six years. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial gifts to: Reformed University Fellowship at www.givetoruf.org; Lightbearers Ministries, P.O. Box 9911, Fayetteville, Ark., 72703; or Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, P.O. Box 32141, New York, NY 10087-2141.