Lafon, Emma Dunford

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Emma Frances Dunford Lafon, 95, of Pearisburg, formally of White Gate, Va, died January 21, 2006 at Woodhaven Nursing Home, Montvale, Va. She was born in White Gate, VA., on January 18, 1911 and was a daughter of the late Charles Lee Dunford and Nancy Virginia Vance Dunford.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Andrew Lafon; a daughter, Clara Pauline Lafon Darden; two sisters, Margie Dunford Pickett, Fannie Mae Dunford and six brothers, Edgar Raymond Dunford, Carl Andrew Dunford, William Vance Dunford, Clay Mason Dunford, Joseph Elby Dunford and Robert Paul Dunford.

Mrs. Lafon was a member of the Pearisburg Baptist Church.

She is survived by one granddaughter, Rebecca Sue Darden of Appomattox, Va.; a grandson, Timothy Alan Darden and his wife, Karen Sherwood Darden and their daughter Rachel Anne of Melba, Va.; a brother, Roy Herman Dunford of Newport; a sister Virginia Dunford Hylton of Princeton, W.Va., and several nieces, nephews and greatnieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Pearisburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Lyle Mullins and the Rev. Jamie Hyden officiating with entombment following in the Birchlawn Abbey.

The family will receive friends at the Givens Funeral Home Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Pearisburg Baptist Church Building Fund or the Alzheimer’s Fund.

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