Herndon, Clara Vanhoy

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Clara Vanhoy Herndon, 96, of Dublin, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2006, in Highland Ridge Rehab Center in Dublin. She had been in declining health for the past several months due to congestive heart failure. She is now in heaven drinking the clear, cold water, looking at her flowers, and watching her garden.

She was horn on May 5, 1910 in Watauga, Tennessee, and was the daughter of the late William Lee and Mary Jane Hardin Vanhoy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, John R. Herndon, and was the last of 11 siblings. Preceding her in death were five brothers, Oscar, Edgar, James, Roy, and Worley Vanhoy; five sisters, Nola Harbin, Lily Gaylor, Nellie Powers, Annie Lewellyn, and Mary Catherine Carpenter; and several nephews and nieces. She was a loving mother, homemaker, and friend, and retired from Sadler Hosiery Mill in Pulaski. She enjoyed her family, cooking, canning, gardening, reading her bible, and helping people.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert S. and JoAnn Herndon, Pulaski; and, David L. and Debbie Herndon, Chesterfield; grandsons, John D. Herndon and wife Paige of Radford, Va., Michael D. Herndon of Richmond, Va.; stepgrandchildren, Cheryl M. Chrisley, and husband Mike of Pulaski, and Christopher E. Mabry of Dublin; a sister-in-law, Frances Herndon of Roanoke, Va.; also, several greatgrandchildren and stepgreatgrandchildren, many special nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

The family wishes to thank friend and caregiver June Anderson and her husband, Billy; caregivers Tina Garwood and Robbie Nester, and all the personnel at Carilion Home Care Services; caregivers Pat Krebs, Rosa Baker, Jenne Lemon, and all of the personnel at Gentle Shepherd Hospice; and, the nurses in A-Wing and the staff of Highland Ridge Rehab Center. In addition, a special thank you to devoted friends Anna Powers. Mary Young, Mary Dillon, Missy Roark and daughter Klaire, and the women of the First Presbyterian Church of Pulaski.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Stevens Funeral Chapel, Pulaski, Va., with the Rev. Jeff Kackley officiating. Burial will follow in New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visiting will be anytime Wednesday after 4 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Flowers will be appreciated, but for those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Clara’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 824, Pulaski, Va. 24301. Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home Pulaski.