Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

30 Riverside Highway, Bassett, VA


Earlyne Marsh

May 6, 1928February 28, 2020

Earlyne Wilkerson Marsh, 91, went home to be with her Lord on February 28, 2020 at Alpine Health and Rehabilitation of Asheboro, NC. Earlyne was born on May 6, 1928 in Henry County, Virginia, to Minerva Jane (Minnie) and William James Wilkerson.

Earlyne is survived by two sons, Irvin (Susan) Emerson and Mike (Diane) Emerson; two daughters, Donna (Dennis) Harmon and Lynn Roberts; daughter-in-law Dianne Emerson; 20 grandchildren and over 30 great and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son Thomas Emerson, husband Fred Marsh, grand-daughter Rejeania Higgins and great-grandson Larry Higgins.

Earlyne was a natural caregiver and used her ability as an aide at Clapps Nursing Home before retiring. She loved music and enjoyed singing in the choir at Andrews Memorial Church in Greensboro. Her favorite hymn was Victory in Jesus and she lived her life as a testament to her faith and love of Christ. She read her Bible daily, reading it from beginning to end 50 times. She was the family’s faithful prayer warrior.

Visitation will Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA, with Pastor Bob Vorhees officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charitable organization of your choice.


  • Visitation at Collins Funeral Home Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Funeral Service at Collins Funeral Home Wednesday, March 4, 2020


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Wayne & Debra Wadew

March 4, 2020

Deepest condolences to you Mike, Diane and family.
Thinking of you today and days to come
May the memories bring peace during this difficult time
Wayne & Debra

Lynn Roberts

March 4, 2020

My sweet mother, I love with all my heart. You will be missed very much but I know you’re happy and you’re in heaven with our sweet Lord, and young and beautiful. You’re not sick anymore and that’s what gets me through every day, plus the things you said to me, how you raised me, what you taught me through the years. You always listened and then you would say “I will pray about it and and I want you to pray about it too”.

Deborah Smith

March 4, 2020

Lynn and family so sorry to hear about the passing of your precious sweet mama, she meant the world to me. So many precious memories I have of her. I love you Earlene, you will be missed...but we’ll see each other again some glad reunion day on Heavens sweet shore!

Michelle Emerson

March 3, 2020

I miss you Granny yet I am so thankful that you are with Jesus and you are whole and at peace - what a beautiful thought! Thank you for being a powerful tool in my salvation and I’m so thankful for all the times I was able to spend with you. Daric and Ava love you and cherish every memory with you! I‘m so thankful they were able to meet their great grandmother!! I know we will see you again and I love you bunches!!!


Mike Emerson Jr.

March 3, 2020

Thank you Granny (and Mom) for being my first memory of being witnessed to about God and salvation when I was a little kid. Love you and you will always be remembered - Mike Jr.

Bobby Upchurch

March 3, 2020

What a powerful testimony, may God give us more people in our lives that can leave such a positive influence on those that cross our paths. Continued prayers for this precious family.

Diane Emerson

March 2, 2020

I will miss my daily phone calls with you GG. Our conversations while I drove home each night were a nice distraction from the traffic and I never knew what interesting tidbits you’d have to share. I’ll miss your stories of your childhood, how many bingo games you won that day, or a special Bible verse you’d read. You knew I never watch the news and you kept me up to date on politics and current events. We will miss you terribly but we know you’re resting in the arms of Jesus and that’s what comforts our hearts.

India Wilkerson

March 2, 2020

We will miss aunt Earlyne dearly! May God watch over her in paradise. We love you all, much love, The Wilkerson’s

Tammy Beal

March 2, 2020

I worked with Ms. Marsh at Clapps for several years. So very sorry for your loss. Such a sweet lady. She will be missed.

Teresa Roberts

March 2, 2020

Lynn and family, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful lady. We missed y'all very much after you left Andrews. Still think about you often.