Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA


Emma Witt Miear

January 5, 1930March 9, 2020

Emma Witt Miear, age 90 of Forest, wife of Harry L. Miear, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 at her home.

She was born on January 5, 1930 in Blacksburg, daughter of the late Claude Witt and the late Cora Witt. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Emma was a member of Forest Alliance Church. She loved her garden and her flowers but her grandchildren held the most special place in her heart and she was lovingly known as “Granny” to them, as well as most everyone that knew her.

In addition to her husband Harry to whom she had been married for 70 years, she is survived by 2 daughters, Carolyn M. Sumpter and husband George and Vanessa M. Wheeler and husband Michael; 5 grandchildren, Christopher H. Sumpter, Heather S Winfield and husband Gerald, Jennifer M. Wheeler, Michael Chad Wheeler and Cameron S. Wheeler; 3 great grandchildren, Skyler L. Winfield, Ashlyn G. Winfield and Landon P. Wheeler. She is also survived by a special niece, Cynthia C. Willoughby.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the funeral home with Pastor Brad Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

Memorials in Emma’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Claude Witt, Father (deceased)
  • Cora Witt, Mother (deceased)
  • Harry L. Miear, Husband
  • Carolyn M Sumpter (George), Daughter
  • Venessa M. Wheeler (Michael), Daughter
  • Christopher H. Sumpter, Grandchild
  • Heather S. Winfield (Gerald), Grandchild
  • Jennifer M. Wheeler, Grandchild
  • Michael Chad Wheeler, Grandchild
  • Cameron S. Wheeler, Grandchild
  • Skyler L. Winfield, Great Grandchild
  • Ashlyn G. Winfield, Great Grandchild
  • Landon P. Wheeler, Great Grandchild
  • She is also survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

  • Christopher H. Sumpter
  • Gerlad Winfield
  • Michael Chad Wheeler
  • Cameron S. Wheeler
  • Bud Russell
  • Roy Witt, Jr.

  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 13, 2020


Emma Witt Miear

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Gloria Fortune

March 15, 2020

Vanessa and Charlotte , I read of your Mom’s death . I remember her and your Dad when we were at LHRC . Thinking of your family at this time .

Deborah Reynolds

March 12, 2020

Harry, Carolyn, George, Vanessa, Mike, & families,
So sorry for your loss. Emma fought a good fight - - now she has won her battle - - she has her new body & no more pain.
She was quite the "trooper". I know you all have a huge hole in your heart - - but knowing that you will be reunited with her again one day makes it a little less painful. Take comfort in all you fun and happy memories.
Please know that all of you have my heartfelt and deepest sympathy.
Deborah Creasy Reynolds

Debbie McCormick

March 11, 2020

Such a beautiful sweet lady. Everytime I saw her she always had a smile. My prayers going out to the family during this sad time.

Rhonda Dunn

March 11, 2020

Dear Vanessa and family, please know our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. So sorry... Mike and Rhonda Dunn