Louise Baber Drinkard

April 17, 1944August 2, 2018

Louise Baber Drinkard, age 74 widow of George Paul Drinkard, passed away on August 2, 2018.

She was born in Campbell County on April 17, 1944, daughter of the late Richard William Baber and the late Sara Mason Baber.

Louise was a member of In His Hands Ministries and was retired from CB Fleet. Louise loved to cook as well as enjoying gardening and coloring in her color books.

In addition to her parents and husband George, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Childress and five sisters, Virginia Lambert, Elizabeth Saunders, Dorothy Thomason, Betty Smith and Cora Baber.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Steuart and husband Eddie, Jr.; her constant companion of twenty years, Sherman Ridgeway; a brother, R.W. Baber; a sister, Sylvia Nelson; four grandchildren, Brandon Morrison, Cody Steuart, Chelsey Childress, and Kayla Childress; three great grandchildren, Hayden Morrison, Sophia Thompson, and Addysen Flynt as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her loving K-9 companions, Kipper and Little Bit.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to the dedicated staff of the Hospice of Central Virginia for the care that they gave Louise.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Whitten Park Avenue Chapel with Pastor Stewart Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 am – 11:45 am on Friday, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501


  • Richard W Baber, Father
  • Sara M Baber, Mother
  • George P Drinkard, Husband
  • Mary Steuart, Daughter
  • Robert Childress, Son
  • Sherman Ridgeway, Constant Companion
  • R.W. Baber, Brother
  • Sylvia Nelson, Sister
  • Virginia Lambert, Sister
  • Elizabeth Saunders, Sister
  • Dorothy Thomason, Sister
  • Betty Smith, Sister
  • Cora Baber, Sister
  • Brandon Morrison, Grandchild
  • Cody Steuart, Grandchild
  • Chelsey Childress, Grandchild
  • Kayla Childress, Grandchild
  • Hayden Morrison, Great Grandchild
  • Sophia Thompson, Great Grandchild
  • Addysen Flynt, Great Grandchild
  • She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as her K-9 companions, Kipper and Little Bit.

  • Rudy Jones
  • Brandon Mitchell
  • Jonathan Callaham
  • Clinton Douglas
  • Sam Ridgeway
  • Rick Miller

  • Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center


  • Visitation Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 17, 2018

Louise Baber Drinkard

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Patricia Mulholland

August 17, 2018

To: Sherman Ridgeway,
Sorry to hear of Louise passing away. May God comfort you at this time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself.
Patricia Mulholland

Tammy Brammer

August 14, 2018

I met Louise some years ago at church! We shared many things in common, cooking, love for flowers. I feel so blessed to have had a close friendship with her. We talked almost daily and shared many stories. When she made a cake, she would always bring me a "taste" to church. She was funny, worked hard, even when in pain. She loved the Lord. She had a faith that never quit, she trusted the Lord. She rarely complained and accepted her situation with grace & humor. She was an inspiration . I loved her & I'm going to miss her. Rest easy my friend!