Rebecca Ella Yarbrough, 69 of Five Points, AL ended her shift on Jan. 17, 2023. A longtime resident of Opelika, she was a well-known waitress at Opelika’s Waffle House for the past twenty years. Her early thirty-seven years were as a weaver for West Point Pepperell until the mill closed. But more recently “Waffle Mama” as she was affectionately called, loved to converse with total strangers. A zest for life, love of family, her enthusiasm and gift of conversation endeared her to every person she met. She never met a stranger; made everyone a friend. She was a true “Steel Magnolia”, always smiling, lively, dependable; yet faced adversity with an unshakable resolve. One of six Cooper Girls growing up in Pepperell Mill Village in the 60’s, they shared a very close bonding; traveling as a group and meeting monthly for a sisters-only luncheon. Truly a unique lifelong bond of a very special group of women.
Married for thirty-five years to Steve Yarbrough of Little Texas, AL. Together, they have seen the mountains-to-the-sea in so many varied and memorial ways. Gatlinburg, Panama City, Orlando, Key-West were regular special destinations. She leaves her three children: Johnathan, Christy and Kyle (Tammy), as a testament to her legacy of hard work, honestly and integrity.
Rebecca was the daughter of Claud P. Cooper Jr. & Willadean Cooper. She is survived by sisters: Teresa (David) Edwards, Connie (Dean) Berry, Claudia (Jeff) Gunter, Pamela (Greg) Coltrane and Melinda (Jessie) Sanders. She has five grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00am, Monday, January 23, 2023 at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home with Reverend Earl Ballard officiating, burial will follow in Garden Hills Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00am prior to the service.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing.