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Mildred L. Epes

May 6, 1931 August 7, 2015
Mildred L. Epes
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Obituary for Mildred L. Epes

On August 7, 2015 our Almighty Father, in his limitless wisdom whispered to our beloved matriarch to come home.
Mildred Lane Epes was born on May 6, 1931 in Crewe, VA to Russell and Alice Lane.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John Allen Epes and a grandson Christopher Coleman.
“Whit” as she was affectionately known was educated in the Nottoway County public school system.  She joined Union Baptist Church in Crewe, VA early in life.  As a lifelong member, she served on numerous ministries and several choirs until her failing health prevented further participation.
She retired from the Crewe Garment Factory.  She spoke often and fondly of her experiences and lessons learned during her employment as the secretary at Mark Oliver Funeral Home.
On July 18, 1959, “Whit” wed John Allen Epes.  To this union three children were born and raised.  They were the love of her life:  Warren (Berthell), Andrienette (Aubrey) Cousin and Alice (Earl) Coleman.  Those unions produce grandchildren Twan Epes (Melisa), Marcus Epes (LaMisha), Alexis Cousin, Christopher Coleman and Rachelle Coleman.  The family tree grew a bit more with the arrival of great grandchildren, Kalief and Teacora Epes.  All of whom will treasure their memories of time spent with Grandma.
“Whit” was actively involved in local and state politics. Her involvement in the International Ladies Garment Workers Union brought her great joy and provided an avenue to exercise her organizational and social talents.  She was a die-hard Democrat and received many accolades and letters of recognition for her political activities from sources that included; State Legislators, Lieutenant Governors and
governors of Virginia.  Her interest in politics also included her volunteering to work at the voting polls for many years for all levels of elections as well as serving on the Piedmont Senior Resources Board for many years.  She was a faithful member of the Golden Agers organization at the Nottoway Civic League, the Daily Bread programs and a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5313. As you might imagine, she was a very outgoing and social person who never met a stranger and in most cases was “the life of the party”.
 “Whit” was an only child but was blessed to have many aunts, uncles and cousins with whom she was very close and was a huge part of her life. We are grateful to her cousin Alice Berthell Scott; caregivers Fannie Marshall, Joan Hawkes, and Tanya Hawkes Clayton; the staff of Heritage Hall Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, the staff at Thomas John Cancer Hospital; and Hospice of Virginia for the love and support provided to Mom throughout her illness.  They are proof positive that all angels do not have wings.
Viewing for Mrs. Mildred Lane Epes will be Tuesday, August 11 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral Services Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Springhill Baptist Church, Blackstone with interment in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia.

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.

Viewing for Mrs. Mildred Lane Epes will be Tuesday, August 11 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral Services Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Springhill Baptist Church, Blackstone with interment in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Amelia.

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.

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