Bristol, Virginia - Judith Gertrude Hunter Salyers, 63, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, Tennessee, following a stroke.
Judith was born May 25, 1949 in Lake City, Florida; daughter of the late William Raiford and Gertrude Hunter. She was a 1967 graduate of Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida. She was also a graduate of Mars Hill College with a Bachelors Degree in Education and Florida State University with a Masters Degree in Library Science. She taught school for several years. Then she worked as a Librarian for the St. John's Water Management District in Palatka, Florida from 1986-2002. After moving to her beloved Virginia, she worked at the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water in Abingdon, Virginia until her retirement. She enjoyed playing the piano and the guitar. She especially loved playing, singing and listening to Gospel music. She was very creative and a gifted writer. She was a member of New Grace Baptist Church in Bristol.
She is survived by her husband, Lester Salyers; one brother, Willie Ray Hunter and wife, Evelyn of Live Oak, Florida; one sister, Barbara Hunter Thomas of Lake City, Florida; two nieces, Deborah Thomas Sickmon and husband, Paul of Tampa, Florida, Aimee Hunter Davis and husband, Woodrow of Lake City, Florida; one sister-in-law, Teresa McKinney and husband, Willie of Dante, Virginia; eight grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral Services for Judith Hunter Salyers were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, Virginia with Pastor Sam Haynes and Rev. Curtis Dalton officiating. Interment followed in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, Virginia. Pallbearers were Bill Wright, Gordon Smith, David Hicks, Curtis Puckett, Willie McKinney, and Joe Harvey.
The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood, Virginia. Castlewood Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.