OBITUARY

Carl W. Emerson

June 12, 1932May 9, 2019
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Carl Wayne Emerson, age 86 of Ridgeway, VA. passed away on May 9, 2019. He was born on June 12, 1932 in Martinsville, VA., a son of the late Albert Columbus Emerson and the late Abbie Ruth James Emerson.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley Neyer Emerson, a son, Gregory Emerson and nine siblings, Willard, Charlie, Roy, Kenny, Cliff, Jaybird, Dudley, Eva, and Ruth. He was employed by Old Dominion Freight Line as a truck driver for over 30 years. He was the last survivor of his generation. He attended First Baptist Church of Ridgeway. He loved dancing, traveling, Baltimore Orioles, music and hanging out with family.

Mr. Emerson is survived by his wife, Mary Farmer Emerson, surviving children, Randy Goudy (Stephanie), Mathew Richardson, Carl “Wayne” Emerson, Jr., Earl Emerson (Denise), Debra Holley (Garry), Roxanne Dudley (Donnie), Jessica Arthur, Carlene Lundy, Carol Wunder (Wayne), Shirley Woolsey (Neil), Charlene Harris, Brenda Meeks (Joel), Beverly Emerson, 36 Grandchildren and 30 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at McKee-Stone Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Roselawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. and at other times at the home.

The family is very thankful for the care provided by Hospice of Rockingham County.

  • FAMILY

  • Albert Columbus Emerson, Father
  • Abbie Ruth James Ermerson, Mother
  • Shirley Neyer Emerson, First Wife
  • Gregory Emerson, Son
  • Mary Farmer Emerson, Second Wife
  • Debra Holley, Daughter
  • Garry Holley, Son-in-law
  • Roxanne Dudley, Daughter
  • Donnie Dudley, Son-in-law
  • Jessica Arthur, Daughter
  • Charlene Lundy, Daughter
  • Carol Wunder, Daughter
  • Wayne Wunder, Son-in-law
  • Shirley Woolsey, Daughter
  • Neil Woolsey, Son-in-law
  • Charlene Harris, Daughter
  • Brenda Weeks, Daughter
  • Joel Meeks, Son-in-law
  • Beverly Emerson, Daughter
  • Randy Goudy, Son
  • Stephanie Goudy, Daughter-in-law
  • Matthew Richardson, Son
  • Carl "Wayne" Emerson Jr., Son
  • Earl Emerson, Son
  • Denise Emerson, Daughter-in-law
  • Mr. Emerson also is survived by 36 Grandchildren and 30 Great Grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Willard, Charlie, Ray, Kenny, Cliff, Jaybird, Dudley, Eva and Ruth.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Matthew Emerson, Active
  • Logan Emerson, Active
  • Ryan Emerson, Active
  • Eric Horsley, Active
  • Blaine Meeks, Active
  • Jason Cassell, Active
  • Ray Mabe, Active
  • Dustin Boyd, Active

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Pam Francis

May 13, 2019

Our family, the Holley family, had the pleasure to meet Papa, at Debbie's birthday party, given by Garry, several years ago. The most amazing thing I remember when I met Papa, was his smile and his energy for life. Throughout the party, he never sat down...but moving, smiling, and talking with everyone.

Garry and Debbie loved you unconditionally and have spoken kind words of love since. We wish you a glorious meeting with our Lord in heaven and may you rest in peace.

Pam Holley Francis

Judy Johnston

May 12, 2019

Dearest Uncle Carl - - gone. It doesn't seem possible... he was such a force.
Boundless energy, amazing positivity, eternal optimism, faithful friend.
I'm deeply grateful to have been in his huge orb.
Carl personally and single-handedly got me through Algebra, tutoring me nightly after working all day and with a family waiting for him. With utmost patience, he taught me how to drive. He taught me early how to play Setback, a basic requirement to be a "real Emerson." And he taught me by example so many valuable things, primarily how to make lemonade from life's lemons. I am so grateful to have known him.
All my good wishes to Mary and all of Carl's loving family. He was adored. He will be greatly missed.
Love to you all.
Judy

Louise Rudder

May 12, 2019

I'm so glad I got to meet you through Mary, you were so happy and you always made me smile. Your outlook on life was such an inspiration. I know you will be missed. Love and prayers for your family.

Link & Jane Thomas

May 11, 2019

Carl was a type of friend that everyone needs in their life. He was a character who could take you from being down in the dumps one minute to out and out laughter the next. He would either come knocking at your door or calling on the phone to see if you were doing ok. I remember what he'd always say before leaving the house, "now, remember, we're friends, if you need anything or something done, don't forget to call me" and, he was faithful to those words many times. I guess the good Lord needed him now.
Carl may be gone in body but he will always be in our hearts. Remember good friend, we will meet again at God's table so, save a place for us and keep them laughing.

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