Meredith, Alice Flinchum
Alice Loisene Flinchum Meredith passed away peacefully at her home in Radford, VA at the age of 89 on Monday, October 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Alice Smith Flinchum; ten brothers and sisters; husband, Winford T. Meredith; beloved grandson and granddaughter, Michael Keith Meredith and Susan Angela Meredith Beall.
She is survived by daughters, Regina Meredith and Tammy (Steve) Duncan; sons, Kenny, Ronnie (Elaine) and Johnny (Phyllis) Meredith; grandchildren, Michael, Andrea, Heather and Jessica along with seven great-grandchildren; sisters-in law, Adell Adkins and Helen Flinchum; as well as many nieces and nephews.
When we think of our mom, our Queen, and as most people know her, Loisene, we remember many mouth-watering home cooked meals, especially her macaroni and cheese. She would go all out for holiday meals, starting to prepare everyone’s favorites early in the morning. When her own children were at home, she cooked not only for them, but their many friends who came to visit. To the children she babysat, she was lovingly known as “Nana.” Alice loved to go thrift store shopping and loved collecting dolls, teapots, bottles, bells, crystal, baskets, and pieces to add to her Christmas dishes and china set. She had beautiful displays of the things she acquired. Over the years mom enjoyed traveling to Williamsburg, Memphis, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Florida, Branson and numerous other places. If there was an opportunity to go, she was ready to pack a bag. She loved being outdoors, the beauty of flowers, and when she was able, working in her building. She was ahead of her time by having her own “she shed” before it was a popular thing.
She had a tremendous love for God and often encouraged us when we faced a challenge by reciting Matthew 18:19. While working around the house, she would sing old hymns and sometimes make up songs that fit her spiritual feeling at that time. At bedtime, she could be heard singing or praying for her family as she fell asleep. Mom would often say she just wanted to get back to church one more time. She loved listening to the Bible on cd when her eyes began to fail.
During the last two years of her life, she faced several medical challenges. We called her our “Sherman tank” and our “Miracle Mom” because she always seemed to bounce back when it seemed impossible. The last months of her life were spent with cattle in the fields, surrounded by a peace and tranquility that she so richly deserved.
Many special people deserve thanks for taking care of Mom: Dr. Timothy Byrnes/Vistar; Dr. Thomas Conlee/Jefferson Surgical; Dr. Mark Kasmer/Carilion Orthopedics; Dr. Janet Bechtel/Southwest Podiatry; Kindred Home Health, especially Robin; Good Samaritan Palliative and Hospice Care, the Roanoke Memorial 7th floor PCU medical and nursing staff; the NRV Carilion ER, ICU and PCU medical staff, and Dr. Daniel Kelly and Kaye for being with us for so many years. We will never forget the love and kindness of Pastor Donald Jones, Debbie Southern and her Bob White church family for all their many prayers.
Please join us as we celebrate the life of Alice with a visitation at the Bob White Boulevard Church of God from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021, with the funeral service officiated by Pastor Donald Jones to follow. Services will conclude with interment at Highland Memory Gardens.
While flowers are appreciated we ask that you consider doing the following today: choose someone in your life right now that you need to show your love and appreciation to and send flowers to that person.
Our lives will never be the same without you, Mom, Nanny, and Nana, but we will remember 2 Samuel 12:21-23, and we will strive to be with you again.