Anderson, Bonnie Eppling

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Bonnie Jeanette Eppling Anderson, of Pearisburg, after a long illness, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, with her sister, Merinda, brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Phyllis Epperley, and niece, Leslie, by her side.

She was born on September 18, 1944, at home and delivered by her grandmother (midwife), Etta Eppling, in Waiteville, W.Va. Bonnie was a daughter of the late Dolly Porterfield Williams, of Waiteville, W.Va., and Frank S. Eppling and the late Lois Eppling of Pembroke. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred K. Anderson Sr.; daughter, Kerry Woodbury; and a brother, Donald Eppling.

Bonnie was in the first graduating class at Giles High School and she retired after several years in the Twisting Department at the Celco Plant in Narrows. She had been a long time resident of Giles County until her illness, which led her to the Bland County Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Bastian where she lived for several years.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her father, Frank S. Eppling, of Pembroke; daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Rodney Vaden, of Blacksburg; son and daughter-in-law, Alfred K. Anderson Jr. and Angie, of Pulaski; and her five grandchildren, Christopher K. Anderson, Walker Heath Woodbury, Samuel and James Vaden, Emily and Emma Anderson and Tanner Moore. She will be deeply missed by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Connie and Jimmy Fisher, of Pembroke, Charlotte and Mike Epperley, of Blacksburg, Merinda and Jeff Williams, of Pembroke; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Monte and Irma Eppling, of Pembroke, Ricky and Teri Eppling, of Pembroke, and Tommy and Phyllis Epperley, of Dublin. She will be remembered by numerous supportive nieces and nephews with special nieces who were always there for her, Angie Falls and Kim Neice.

The family would like to say a special thanks to the Bland County Rehab and Nursing Staff for being a part of Bonnie’s life, she was a part of that family also. A thank you to the Pembroke Assembly of God and a very special thanks to Dr. Scott and Kay Souther, Jamie Wright, and Gateway Baptist Church, for their love and support through Bonnie’s illness and to Carilion Clinic Family Medicine in Blacksburg.

“Even though our hearts are hurting and we will miss you deeply, we are so happy that you are now with our Lord and Savior. We can only imagine what it was like to see you walking and holding your hands our to meet our Lord.”

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, April 7, 2012, from 11 a.m. until noon with a Memorial Service following at noon at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with Pastor Eddie Kendall and Dr. Scott Souther (who led her to the Lord) officiating. At Bonnie’s request she was to be cremated and buried following the service beside her husband, Alfred, in the Anderson Cemetery on Guinea Mt. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

“Dear Lord, Thank you for this beautiful day and now that Ma Ma Bonnie is in Heaven with you, she won’t be sick any more.” Spoken by her five year old grandson, Samuel, after Bonnie passed away.