TUSCALOOSA Viola B. Yaw, age 82, of Tuscaloosa, stepped into heaven Sunday, June 9, 2013, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church with Jimmy Garner, Jim Headley, and Gary Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Yaw Sr.; her parents, Burton Lee Beck and Lorrene H. Beck; one brother, Thomas Beck; and one sister, Mary Howard.
Survivors include her daughters, Carol Yaw Avery of Tuscaloosa and Katherine Yaw Farris (Philip) of Wetumpka; her son, Robert C. Yaw Jr. (Jan) of Tuscaloosa; her sisters, Mildred Elora Brewer of Tuscaloosa and Martha Ann Skelton of Northport; her brothers, Richard Lee Beck of Northport and Charles Edward Beck of Carbon Hill; her grandchildren, Heather Yaw Rafferty (Conor) of Tuscaloosa, Andrea-Carol Farris Carter (Joshua) of Wetumpka, Robert C. Yaw III (Jennifer) of Tuscaloosa, Haley Katherine Avery (Justin Shaw) of Tuscaloosa, and Joshua Philip Farris (Katryn Moore and Kynzleigh Ann) of Wetumpka; two great-granddaughters, Bella Grace and Sofie Ann Rafferty of Tuscaloosa; one soon-to-be great-grandson, Brock James Carter of Wetumpka; additional children and grandchildren, Dr. Joven de los Reyes (Amelia), Maria Pizzaro of Tuscaloosa, Madonna de los Reyes Breece (Scott) of Franklin, Tenn., Jay Rico de los Reyes (Katie) of Vienna, Ohio, Joe Marco de los Reyes (Errica) of Tuscaloosa, and Mario Pizzaro of Tuscaloosa; additional great-granddaughters, Hensley Claire and Emma Hayden de los Reyes of Tuscaloosa and Amelia-Grace Patricia Breece of Franklin, Tenn.; step-granddaughters, Kristi Jayne (Jason) and Ashley Kirkland (Jonathan) of Tuscaloosa; and step-great-grandsons, Brylan and Kyler Jayne of Tuscaloosa and Paxton Kirkland of Tuscaloosa.
Viola was born July 22, 1930, in Tuscaloosa. She married the love of her life, Robert C. Yaw Sr. on November 4, 1950. They were married for 52 wonderful years. Viola retired from the Tuscaloosa City Schools with about 30 years of faithful service. She was married for two years to Worth Nicholes who also preceded her in death. She was an active member of Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a very loving heart and was known by many as Mama Yaw. She will be greatly missed by many family and friends.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Robby Yaw, Joshua Farris, Conor Rafferty, Justin Shaw, Marc de los Reyes, and Mario Pizzaro; and Jim Bradford, Jim Singley, Wayne Seale, and Parks Burgin.
Honorary pallbearers are the Hannah Class of Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church, members of Skyland and Ridgecrest Baptist churches, Fiddle-Dee-Dee Red Hat Club, and caregivers Christy Montgomery, Gloria Lyles, and Brenda Boothe.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the building funds of Skyland Boulevard and Ridgecrest Baptist churches.