Retha Beatrice Elliott Poe
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(September 19, 1923 – March 4, 2013)
Retha Beatrice Elliott Poe, 89
Retha Poe, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and formerly of Elk Creek, Va., passed away March 4, 2013.
She was born Sept. 19, 1923, and was the daughter of the late Millard and Clemmie Elliott of Elk Creek, Va.
She grew up in Ashe Co., N.C., and on Jan. 5, 1942, married Dale Evans Poe who predeceased her April 11, 1992.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Viola Edwards of Danville, Va., and Lena Kirk of Independence, Va.; and brother, Vonley Elliott of Elk Creek, Va.
Retha retired in 1985 after working 32 years in the textile industry. She worked tirelessly for her family gardening, canning, and sewing. She was also a skilled crotchet craftswoman and enjoyed listening to bluegrass music.
Retha is survived by one son, Edward Poe of Christiansburg, Va.; and one daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Janice Conway of Punta Gorda, Fla.; two grandchildren, Dale Poe and wife, Wendy of Kingsport, Tenn., and April Poe Craig and husband, Bill of Raleigh, N.C.; five great grandchildren, Christopher, Danielle and Emily Poe of Kingsport, Tenn., and Madison and Sean Craig of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Virgil Elliott of Mouth of Wilson, Va.; sister-in-law, Ina Mae Brooks of West Jefferson, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Saturday night, March 9, 6-8 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, Va.
A funeral service will be Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Lebanon United Methodist Church, Elk Creek, Va. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family respectfully suggests that memorial donations may be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, Elk Creek Rescue Squad or Elk Creek Fire Department.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home is serving the family.
Published in Galax Gazette from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2013