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Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA

OBITUARY

Myrtle Harris Dalton

December 25, 1935February 3, 2020
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Myrtle Harris Dalton, 84, of Madison Heights passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Burleigh M. Dalton.

Born December 25, 1935 in Arrington she was a daughter of the late Estes Aldo Harris and the late Elizabeth Reese Harris. She worked for Craddock and Terry and Leggetts Department Store before retiring from First Community Bank as a bank teller. Myrtle was a member of Love and Community Church formally First Assembly of God and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.

Myrtle was preceded in death by four siblings, Frances Hutchinson, John Albert Harris, Christine Faulconer, and Pauline Mayberry; and a son, Danny Ray Neighbors.

She is survived by her children, two daughters, Belinda Swecker and her husband, Butch of Glen Allen, and Tracey Ference of Austin, TX; a son Terry Dalton and his wife, Betty of Rocky Mount; two sisters, Florence Carter of Schuyler, and Joyce Spencer of Arrington; four grandchildren, Jared, Scott, Tina, and Tonya; and five great grandchildren, Casey, Hannah, Denver, Vander, and Ryder. A funeral service will be conducted 1:00 pm Friday, February 7, 2020 at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Pastor Wayne Lanham officiating. Burial will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park. Family will receive friends an hour before the service at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

In lieu of flowers family ask that you make memorial contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Miracle Network at stjude.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Burleigh Dalton, Husband (deceased)
  • Estes Aldo Harris, Father (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Reese Harris, Mother (deceased)
  • Belinda Swecker (Butch), Daughter
  • Tracey Ference, Daughter
  • Terry Dalton (Betty), Son
  • Danny Ray Neighbors, Son (deceased)
  • Florence Carter, Sister
  • Joyce Spencer, Sister
  • Frances Hutchinson, Sister (deceased)
  • John Albert Harris, Brother (deceased)
  • Christine Faulconer, Sister (deceased)
  • Pauline Mayberry, Sister (deceased)
  • Four grandchildren and five great grandchildren
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Butch Swecker, Active Pallbearer
  • Scott Bower, Active Pallbearer
  • Buddy Faulconer, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Faulconer, Active Pallbearer
  • Phillip Faulconer, Active Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation prior to service Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

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Buddy Faulconer

February 7, 2020

I always enjoyed visiting and talking with Aunt Myrtle. She always had such a positive attitude and enjoyed all her family and friends, and would ask about all of them. Especially in the last few years she and I would talk almost every day at least once a day and sometimes several times. She would call just to be sure I was okay.

She would always ask about my son, Mikhail, and how he was doing and was so proud of him. She really enjoyed when he would visit her. She never failed to ask about my brothers and their families. And of course she wanted to know how my mother was doing when she was in failing health and enjoyed every chance she could visit her.

Aunt Myrtle would keep me up to date on how the rest of the “Harris” extended family was doing. She cherished her sisters and brother and their families as well as her own family.

She had a great sense of humor and we had fun kidding each other about some of the then current politics, especially in more recent years. I would tell her I was going to eventually “convert her to the right side” and she would just chuckle and say she didn’t think so.

Myrtle was always so appreciative of anything whether a ride to a doctor’s appointment or picking up a prescription. But most of all for keeping in touch and she always closed a visit or a phone call with “I love you very much” .... a simple heart felt statement I’ll miss hearing from her. She expressed her love of her family and was so proud of all of them, providing them with a sound example of what a caring parent and friend is.

God Bless and Rest In Peace Aunt Myrtle, you will be missed by many.

Cynthia Hudnall

February 6, 2020

I first met Myrt when I was 5 years old at my Nanny's house. I fell in love with her immediately. She was so kind and loving. Always made you feel special. My brothers loved her too. Mind you she was just 20 years old. Such a loving Mother to cousin Belinda and Danny Rate and all her family. She overcame many obstacles in her life with grace and courage. I shall never forget her and was blessed to have known such a lady in the truest since of the word. A compassionate smiling Angel on earth and now in Heaven.

Tina Jones

February 5, 2020

Granny loved frogs 💞
She had an entire bookcase of little figurines!

Tina Jones

February 5, 2020

Myrtle and her children, Danny Ray and Belinda 💞

Tina Jones

February 5, 2020

Belinda, Myrtle and Darlene (her best friend!

Tina Jones

February 5, 2020

Mom and Grandma had smiles just a little bit bigger when they were together.

Tina Jones

February 5, 2020

Tina Jones

February 5, 2020

I am not sure I ever met anyone kinder than Myrtle Dalton, My Grandma. She always smiled and greeted everyone she met, introduced anyone around her and made them feel important. I think back on all my years knowing her and I always felt so loved. She even used to take cold drinks to the garbage men or anyone working outside. She raised my sweet and loving Mom, Belinda Swecker, as well. She's a nurse. My Grandma always bragged to everyone about that. The 2 of them have truly paved the most beautiful road for us to follow. I feel as though she is more than at peace. Enjoying her loved ones in heaven and showering us with love here. She wants all of us to forgive ourselves completely and live in each moment fully. I'm sure of it. I will always strive to be as kind and loving as my sweet Grandma. I'm not sure how to go about this new reality without her but I know she'll be by my side the second I need her. One of my favorite memories, is the magical Hershey kisses on the Christmas tree when I was a child. I know now she and my Grandpa, Burleigh were putting one inside an ornament when I wasn't looking but when I was little, it was magic! I am smiling now just thinking about it. Enjoy your family you all. You just never expect this, even when it's staring you in the face. Love to all. ♥️

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