OBITUARY

Dr. Virginia Howle Yocum

July 29, 1939June 10, 2021
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Dr. Virginia Howle Yocum, 81, of Gadsden, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Funeral Services will be at 2:00p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021 at Collier-Butler Chapel. The Rev. Harvey Beck will officiate. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. The Family will accept friends from 12 noon until the hour of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Virginia was born in Heflin, Alabama on July 29, 1939. She graduated high School in 1958 and went on to get a Bachelor's Degree in vocational home economics from Jacksonville State University in 1962. She earned a Master's Degree in 1964 and Doctorate of Education in 1978 from the University of Alabama. Virginia taught in secondary education from 1962-1969. She worked as an extension agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service in 1970-1971.She returned to Jacksonville State University as an instructor in the areas of food and nutrition in 1971. She became department head in 1983. She retired in 1997. She was honored as the Outstanding Faculty Member by the Jacksonville State University Alumni Association in 1997. Virginia was a long time active member of Attalla First United Methodist Church and was most recently an active member of Gadsden First United Methodist Church. She belonged to the Gadsden Music Club where she was Parliamentarian for several years and President from 2009-2011. She was a leader in the Alabama Home Economics Association and served as President in 1991-1992. She was certified as a Registered Dietician. She was a member of The Golden Chain. Virginia enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking and playing bridge with her friends. Her greatest pleasure was time spent with Cy and Colby, her grandsons. Virginia was an outstanding cook. She published two very popular cookbooks. She was a true southern lady and had so many friends. She was a caretaker of her loving husband in his final years. She loved her family dearly.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harry Yocum; parents, Newell and Nellie Howle; sister, Cathy McFerrin; and brother, Terry Howle.

She is survived by her son, Chris (Christy) Yocum; grandsons, Cy and Colby Yocum; brother, Gary (Phyllis) Howle; brother in law, Mike McFerrin; sister in law, Nancy Howle; and special nieces and nephews, Stacy Gaither, Kristen Tollison, Melissa Dyer, Lee Hubert, Brett Hubert, Brandon Hubert, and Adam Hubert.

Pallbearers will be Lamar Jaggears, Mark Cassidy, Blake Yocum, Charlton Giles, Cy Yocum, and Colby Yocum.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to JSU foundation The Dr. Virginia Yocum Scholarship 700 Pelham Road North Jacksonville, AL 36265.

The family would like to express a special thanks to her Caregivers and Encompass hospice.

  • FAMILY

  • Chris Yocum (Christy Yocum), Son
  • Cy Yocum, Grandson
  • Colby Yocum, Grandson
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Lamar Jaggears
  • Mark Cassidy
  • Blake Yocum
  • Charlton Giles
  • Cy Yocum
  • Colby Yocum

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 14, 2021

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Polly Lorren Neill

June 13, 2021

Virginia has been a dear friend since our days together at The University of Alabama as we worked on our Masters Degree together!!! Several Home Economics Majors from JSU formed The Golden Chain in honor of our Home Economics Education Teacher, Hazel J. Matthews!!! Virginia was an active member for our 50 or so years together and served as a wonderful hostess when she was Head of the Department and we met at JSU !!! Oh how she loved her Chris, Christy and the two GRANDSONS and her Beloved Husband, Harry!!! May God comfort this dear Family!!! Our prayers are with You!!!

Beverly Bellew

June 12, 2021

I met her when I was sitting with Gayle Martin, she was a wonderful lady and the sweetest person I every known. I’m going to miss her. We would talk to her and Harry at church a lot. She will be missed. I loved her so much. My prayers are with the family. Thanks Beverly Bellew

Judie Beggs

June 11, 2021

I was Virginia's hairdresser for many years until I had to retire because of my heath. During that time we became like family and had many great conversations and shared many things. Virginia was a wonderful lady.

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