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Erma Jean Tollison Mays

October 29, 1936 September 23, 2018
Erma Jean Tollison Mays
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Obituary for Erma Jean Tollison Mays

Erma Jean Tollison Mays, age 81, gained her angels wings, on September 23, 2018 at Bristol Regional Medical Center, after an eighteen year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Erma was born October 29, 1936 in Grundy, VA, the daughter of Samuel and Georgia Ratliff Tollison.

In 1952, Erma married the love of her life, Paul William Mays and made their home here in Grundy, VA. In addition to raising her own three children, she took several under her wing and treated them as her own. At the age of fifty-two, after raising her family, Erma received her degree from Virginia Appalachian Tri-College Nursing Program. She continued her education in Oncology, becoming the first certified Oncology Nurse in the state of Virginia. She worked as head of the Red Cross for several years in Buchanan County, then later a Registered Nurse at Buchanan General Hospital serving as Floor Nurse, Nursing Supervisor and later the head of the Delores O’Quinn Oncology Department. She touched many lives in her line of work. She was a member of the Poplar Creek Church of Christ for over sixty-five years, serving as Sunday School Teacher for many of those years. The last three years of her life she attended Painter Creek Church of Christ in Abingdon, VA.

Her life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32-And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

In addition to her parents, Samuel and Georgia Ratliff Tollison, she was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-two years Paul William Mays in January 3, 2015.

Survivors include her daughters Vicki Bowles and husband Mark of Maxie, VA, Kelly Jo Sexton and husband Jim of Bristol, TN; son David Mays of Abingdon, VA; three children that were like her own: Franklin Daugherty of Richlands, VA, Anthony Williams of Abingdon, VA, Mark Altizer of Bristol, VA; brothers Sam Tollison and wife Margaret of Riner, VA, Jay Roberts and wife Audrey of Shawsville, VA; sisters Phyllis Walters and husband Edd of Salem, VA, Patsy Wallace of Riner, VA.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Bethany Brooke Bowles Crouse and husband Matthew, Samantha Mays and fiancé Joe Harvel, Nicholas Mays, Jacob Sexton, Abbie Sexton, Alexa Daugherty, Aaron Daugherty, Amanda Daugherty; great grandchildren Colten Crouse, Rachel Elise Crouse, Peyton Phipps; many nieces, nephews and friends. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Funeral service for Erma Jean Tollison Mays will be held at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Grundy, VA, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Evangelist Mark Gaminde officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, VA.

Active pallbearers will be Mark Bowles, Carl Gene Edwards, Jim Sexton, Jake Sexton, Nicholas Mays, Aaron Daugherty, Franklin Daugherty, Joe Harvel and Matthew Crouse.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Clint Sutherland, Anthony Williams, Mark Altizer and the Men of Poplar Creek Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy, VA, Tuesday, September 25, after 6:00 p.m. with a song service to be held at 7:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to www.shortridgeramey.com.

The family of Erma Jean Tollison Mays have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy, VA.


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Visitation

Tuesday

25

Sep

6:00 PM 9/25/2018 6:00:00 PM
Shortridge-Ramey - Grundy

1021 Six Twentey Mile Branch Road
Grundy, VA 24614

Shortridge-Ramey - Grundy
1021 Six Twentey Mile Branch Road Grundy 24614 VA
United States

Funeral Service

Wednesday

26

Sep

1:00 PM 9/26/2018 1:00:00 PM
Shortridge-Ramey - Grundy

1021 Six Twentey Mile Branch Road
Grundy, VA 24614

Shortridge-Ramey - Grundy
1021 Six Twentey Mile Branch Road Grundy 24614 VA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mountain Valley Memorial Park Final Resting Place

32355 Riverside Drive
Big Rock, VA 24603

32355 Riverside Drive Big Rock 24603 VA
United States
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