Lula Grace Charlton Cruise, 86, of Newport, VA, passed away Monday, March 15, 2011 in the loving care of her family at her home on Lucas Road. Lula was born on May 26, 1924 in Keenan, West Virginia to the late Wilber Franklin Charlton and Sadie Jones Charlton. After graduating from Union High School in 1942 she relocated to Newport to live with her sister and work at the Celanese. It was around this time that she met her future husband of fifty-three years, John G. Cruise, while attending services at Sherry Memorial Christian Church. Lula was a prime example of a devoted Christian woman. She taught Sunday School as a young adult at Fairview Christian Church in Keenan and after moving to Newport went on to teach the Women’s Sunday School class at Sherry Memorial Christian Church on Mt. Lake Road for forty years. She retired from Electro Tech Corporation in Blacksburg in 1986 with eighteen years of service. In addition to her parents and her husband, John, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter Sharon Gay Cruise, her brother Walter W. Charlton, and her sister Claudia W. Porterfield.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children and their spouses Ret. AF Captain Walter G. Cruise and wife Lee of Crestview, FL, Nelva C. Coleman and husband ED of Newport, Iris E. Cruise of the home, Dr. James F. Cruise of Madison, AL, and Benny J. Cruise of Newport; six grandchildren Major John R. Cruise of Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, Jenny A. Cruise of Nashville, TN, Vera C. Caldwell and husband Bruce of Blacksburg, Curtis Coleman of Blacksburg, Dakota and Tanner Cruise of Newport; two great-grandchildren Tyler T. Coleman of Newport and Kasey Madison Caldwell of Blacksburg; former daughter-in-law and dear friend Susan H. Cruise of Wilmington, NC; special aunt, Mary S. Ross of Newport; special niece Viola Turpin of Hermitage, PA; and much loved granddaughter-in-law Crystal Foster-Coleman of Pearisburg as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 PM in Sherry Memorial Christian Church on Mt. Lake Road at Newport with Pastor Eddie Kendall and Pastor Matthew Cox officiating. Burial will follow in the Lucas Family Cemetery near her home. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad or Sherry Memorial Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.