Edna Lorraine Settle

February 19, 1927January 16, 2019

Edna Lorraine (Thomas) Settle, 91, of 155 High Street, Fayetteville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, January 16, 2019, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

The daughter of the late Earnest and Almia Thomas, Edna was born on February 19, 1927, in Stella, VA. She was one of the first five women ever admitted to VPI (Virginia Tech). While attending college, she worked for the U.S. Army in a civilian capacity during World War II, making topographic maps, until meeting the man she would marry, John L. Settle, Jr.

Edna and John were married in August 10, 1947, in Fayetteville. Her husband went on to become a pharmaceutical sales representative, while Edna dealt with the procurement and sale of antiquities, opening her own antique store in Fayetteville, which she named “Cracker Barrel Antiques”. She and her husband also opened a restaurant for a short while.

During the course of their marriage, Edna and John had two children, Matthew and Catherine, whom they absolutely adored. The family traveled extensively before finally settling down in Fayetteville. They were long-time, devoted members of First Baptist Church of Fayetteville, with Edna holding the distinction of being the church’s longest standing member at the time of her passing. Edna was also a member of the Red Hat Society and the Beckley Art Club.

In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Settle, Jr., sisters Barbara and Louise, and her beloved children, Matthew Settle and Catherine (Settle) Tardiff. Left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Joshua L. Zickafoose and wife, Tina, of Mooresville, NC; granddaughter Brooke A. Hopkins of Athens, WV; great grandchildren Brady Zickafoose of Princeton, WV; Ryder and Renyck Mills of Athens, WV;, step-great grandchildren Brittany Feury (and fiancé Aaron White) of South Point, OH; Nickla Tomlinson (and husband Ryan) of Bluefield, WV; and Edris Akers of Huntington, WV; three step-great great grandchildren; niece Joyce Ridenhour and great nieces Johanna and Katherine Ridenhour, all of Wilmington, NC, and special friends Peggy Smarr and Mary Sue Horricks of Fayetteville, as well as many other dear friends and neighbors.

Services will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville, with the Rev. Ron George, Jr. officiating.

Family and friends may visit the funeral home for the viewing at 12 PM to 1 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Entombment will be held directly after the funeral at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, WV, at the Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801

For those wishing to express condolences to the Settle family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home will be assisting the Settle family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Edna Lorraine Settle

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Kathy Hill Dutton

January 23, 2019

Mrs. Settle was our neighbor on High Street for many years. She really cared about the appearance and goings-on of High Street, which made her one of the last few in the old neighborhood. She always had a beautiful and well-maintained home with a lovely landscaped yard and flowers. Our family remembers her well and we send our condolences to her family.

Janette Woodrum

January 22, 2019

I extend my deepest sympathy to the entire family...cherish the memories...
May she rest in peace.

Jerry Leonard

January 18, 2019

Josh and Brooke
So sorry to hear of Edna’s passing. I had a great visit with her a few weeks ago. We laughed and shared stories about Matt and Cathy. What an amazing woman she was. I was so blessed to have known her and your family. May God continue to lead and comfort y’all in this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.