Dolly Jeanette Porterfield Williams, 83, of Blacksburg and formerly of Waiteville, WV, precious mother, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 29, 2008 at Heritage Hall Health Care in Blacksburg. She resided beside her daughter and son-in-law Charlotte and Mike Epperley of Blacksburg for several years and since October 2006, she resided at Heritage Hall in Blacksburg. She was born on July 13, 1925 to the late Elbert Dewey Porterfield and Virginia Edith Steele Porterfield of Waitville,WV. She was a hard worker, who was compassionate and dedicated to duties as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Dolly worked many years at Rowan Nursing Home in Sweet Springs, WV. She left each of her children the example of pride and dedication that you take with a job. This meant no matter how hard or what the job may be. She was a member of the Paint Bank Fire and Rescue Squad and Women’s Auxiliary in Paint Bank, VA, where she thoroughly enjoyed serving with the community as an EMT. One of our best memories of Mom and a special time would be on Sunday afternoon with her Southern cooked meal, and what a meal it would be. She always had two of everything. We were richly blessed with her good cooking and really looked forward to these times with Mom. She always added that little extra spice of love in her cooking. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald O’Dell Eppling, granddaughter Robin Fisher, grandson Kevin Eppling and a son-in-law Alfred K. Anderson, Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters and very special sons-in-law Bonnie Anderson of Bland County Nursing Home in Bastian, Connie and Jimmy Fisher of Pembroke, Charlotte and Mike Epperley of Blacksburg; sons and daughters-in-law Monte and Irma Eppling ( who she thought of as her daughter,) of Pembroke, Ricky and Teri Eppling of Pembroke. A special sister and brother-in-law of Dolly’s children, who Dolly thought a lot of and enjoyed their visits from time to time, Merinda and Jeff Williams of Pembroke. She leaves twelve grandchildren who she adored and cherished all the same, Kerry Woodbury of Narrows, Andy Anderson of Pulaski, Tonya and Rodney Vaden of Blacksburg, Angie and Mike Falls of Eggleston, Bubby and Mellissa Fisher of Pembroke, Kim and Chris Niece of Pembroke, Frankie Eppling of Washington, DC, Melissa and Anthony Austin of Fort Chiswell, Brad and Amy Epperley of Blacksburg, Brandon Epperley of Blacksburg, Adam and Beth Eppling of Pembroke, Andrew Eppling of Pembroke. She also leaves 13 great-grandchildren who were just as precious to her as her grandchildren, Walker Heth Woodbury of Eggleston, Christopher Anderson of Bear Spring, Emily and Elly Anderson of Pulaski, Samuel Vaden of Blacksburg, Kent Falls of Eggleston, Cody Fisher of Findley, Ohio, Megan Fisher of Pembroke, Noell Niece of Pembroke, Amber Eppling of Fort Chiswell, Cole and Parker Epperley of Blacksburg, Nolan Eppling of Pembroke. She was hoping to see two more great-grandchildren arrive in the near future. She also leaves two special sisters and a special brother-in-law Doris Wykle, Jackie and Bill Guiney all of Waiteville, WV. She also leaves three special brothers and three special sisters-in-law Harmon and Vonice Porterfield of Crestview, Florida, Kermit and Arlene Porterfield, Leon and Willa Mae Porterfield of Waiteville, WV and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Payne, Roxanna and Staff for the many years of caring for our Mom, Heritage Hall Nursing Home, C.N.A., nurses, Rehab and all of her special C.N.A. and nurses that called her Miss Dolly. She loved each of you very much and didn’t like to have special picks, but she truly loved Connie for bringing those gravy biscuits to her. We thank Amanda for being there and giving that extra touch of love to our family. Each of you has truly been a blessing these last few years and especially these last few months. The family appreciates the love that you gave to Mom. God Bless each of you. Be proud of the work that you do, it does not go unnoticed. Also thanks to Dr. Tina Smuz and the Carilion Hospice Staff, Joye Gilmer, Amanda Saprenza, Andrea Hanlon and Tom Rice, Chaplain. Mom’s special hospice nurse Venus Bigham, who gave Mom tender care throughout all of this. God sent us a very special hospice volunteer Bea Ake, who was always there for Mom and the family. Bea your special care and love that you gave our Mom will forever be cherished. Hospice Volunteer, Harvey Jahn, Carilion Home Care, Debra Hamm for taking your time and that extra touch of love that you gave Mom. Special thanks to Cathy Hall, RN for being there for Mom and the family during her last few hours of Life. Each of you has been a tremendous support to our family. We could not have made it without each of you. You made this journey a little easier for the family. Special thanks to Trish Frazier who went beyond the call of duty the day of Mom’s death, Thanks to Rev. Dewey and Sandra Weaver for their many visits and prayers. Thanks to Pastor Scott and Kay Southern and the many members of Gateway Baptist Church in Blacksburg for their visits and prayers. Many thanks to Charlottes’s special friends at Carilion Blacksburg Center. You have all truly been there for me all these years. I love each and every one of you. Thanks to Rev. Gary McCoy, Rev Jimmy and Betty Rogers, Pastor Christopher and Betsy Branch and all other family and friend’s churches for their prayers and support.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM in New Zion Union Church, Rays Siding Road in Waiteville, WV with Rev. Dewey Weaver officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke Wednesday evening, Oct. 1, 2008 from 6 to 9 PM. Flowers are appreciated, however, donations may be made to the New Zion Union Church at Waiteville, WV c/o Miriam Porterfield, 3550 Waiteville Road, Waiteville, WV 24984; Paint Bank Fire and Rescue Squad, Paint Bank, VA or the Blacksburg Rescue Squad, 200 Progress St. , Blacksburg, VA 24060
These things have I spoken unto you , that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
“Mom you have overcome this life with dignity, strength and pain. Our hearts are hurting and we will miss you dearly. You have shown us how to love, forgive and cherish the important things in life. You have been such a beautiful, humble Mom, who always had a smile on her face, even on your worst day. You never had any negative words against anyone and as one of your granddaughters stated, you never judged any of us, even on our worst days. You gave us your unconditional love with your tender heart and soul. You made sure that each of us was treated with grace and fairness. Most importantly, how God has blessed all of us to have had you as a Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Your memory will live in our hearts forever. Mom you are finally at Peace. May you rest now with our Heavenly Father. We can only imagine what heaven is like. We will see you again some day!”