Sebert L. Sisson

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Sebert L. Sisson, 97, died peacefully on Monday, June 23, 2014.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Ruth Sutphen Sisson; daughters, Mary Jo Sisson-Vaughan of Richmond and Martha Ann Sisson of McLean; two sons-in-law; two granddaughters; eight nieces and nephews; and numerous friends.
His formative years were spent in Floyd County and his adult life in Hillsville.
Sebert was a proud graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After a brief high school teaching career, he worked for Appalachian Power Company for 30 plus years in marketing and industrial development.
Sebert Sisson was an avid Hillsville/Carroll County booster and dedicated community leader whose involvement included a term as Mayor of Hillsville, life member and President of the Hillsville Rotary Club, Chair of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority, Hillsville United Methodist Church Board, Carroll County School Board, founding member of the Upper New River Chapter of the Archeology Society of Virginia, the Wilkinson Cemetery Board and Carroll County Historical Society/Museum Board.
He also was a Mason, managed the Nature Conservancy's Mt. Meadow Preserve and enjoyed cultivating his vegetable garden and nurturing the best manicured hedges in town.
He loved decorating his South Main Street yard for Christmas and, for many years, attending yard sales to gather inventory for his annual flea market booth.
Ruth, Mary Jo, and Martha Ann appreciate "honorary" family members Barry and Trish Hicks, Susan and Rick Clark and Judy and Ernie Miller as well as Richmond nephew Wes Sisson's continued acts of kindness and support.
We commend the staff at Commonwealth Assisted Living, Waddell Rehabilitation Hospital and Westport Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care provided. We also wish to acknowledge and thank the Hillsville First United Methodist Church for their continued ministry to church members no longer able to attend services.
A celebration of Sebert Sisson's life will be held at the Hillsville First United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. The family will be meeting with friends an hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sebert Sisson's memory to one of the following organizations which he actively supported: Hillsville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 356, Hillsville, Va. 24343; the Hillsville Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1027, Hillsville, Va. 24343, or Carroll County Historical Society & Museum, 515 N. Main Street, Hillsville, Va. 24343.
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Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home is serving the family.
Funeral Home
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel
1035 N MAIN ST P.O. BOX 145 HILLSVILLE, VA 24343-0145
(276) 728-2041
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Published in Galax Gazette from July 9 to July 10, 2014
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