Irene Ballard Dunford, 89, of Pearisburg, departed this life for the joys of her heavenly home, Monday, November 18, 2013 while in the care of Riverview Nursing Home at Rich Creek, VA. Born in Tennessee on July 2, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Smith and Thelma Ballard. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. Irene was a devoted Christian whose light would shine even when she could no longer speak. She attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and had become a member of Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church in Narrows, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin G. Dunford, Sr., her son Marvin (Butch) Dunford, Jr., her brother Stanley Ballard, her sisters Betty Jo McDaniel, Billy Ruth Jones, and a grandson Steven Dunford.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories her daughters and sons-in-law Connie and Travis Smith of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Sharon and Charlie Johnson of Pearisburg, VA; her daughter-in-law Lottie Dunford of Tazewell, VA; her brother Fred Ballard of North Carolina; her sisters Nina Hughett of Pulaski and Jane Overton of Pulaski; her grandchildren; Dianna Price, Philip Williams, Lisa Gillispie, David Williams, Chris Dunford, Kim Munsey, Brian Dunford, Brad Dunford, Derick Body, several great- grandchildren, and step-grandchildren, her special care givers at Riverview Nursing Home, and Ocean Spring, MS.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday evening at 7 pm in Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church at Narrows, VA with Pastor John Jenkins officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 5 until 7 pm before the services. A graveside service will be conducted in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg, VA Friday morning at 11 am. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke, VA is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.