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Virginia Ethel Rone
January 1, 1914 ~ April 1, 2023 (age 109) 109 Years Old
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Reidsville - Mother Virginia Ethel Brown Rone, 109, the beloved mother of Idina Rone Broadnax (Herman), Lois Rone and Daisy Rone Alston (Samuel), peacefully departed this life on Saturday afternoon, April 1, 2023. Born on January 1, 1914 in Margarettsville, North Carolina, she was the offspring of the late George Drew and Mary Brown Nunley. In 1926, Virginia moved to Reidsville, at the age of twelve, where she proudly resided for ninety-seven years. As a devoted Christian, she strived to live according to God's Word, faithfully serving at the Elm Grove Baptist Church. She was honored by receiving the Mother of the Year in 1993 for her diligence and service to the church and community. Virginia was employed by the American Tobacco Company for several years, doing seasonal work, as well as domestic work and farming. She enjoyed eating healthy food from her garden. On February 17, 2023, she was recognized by the Reidsville Senior Club during Black History Month program for being the oldest person in Rockingham County. "Grandma", as she was affectionately known by family and close friends, was well-respected in the community for her loving, warm, pleasant personality. Referred as a "Virtuous Woman", Mother Rone cared for the needs of family, community; especially those less fortunate, knowing that they should be loved and cared for because they are God's children as well. She was a woman of noble character who worked vigorously for the Kingdom of God. We thank God for her impacting presence and admirable traits for us all to strive to emulate. For His Glory! In addition to her parents, a beloved husband, David Hunter Rone; daughters, Idina Rone Broadnax (Herman), Lois Rone, grandsons, Willie Davis Broadnax (Annie Mae), Willie Joe Rone and Reginald Broadnax (Diane); great-granddaughter, Katina Thompson; great-grandsons, Stephon Alston and Willie Davis, Jr., preceded her in death. Mother Rone leaves to cherish and treasure her memory: loving daughter, Daisy Rone Alston (Samuel); grandchildren, Ethel Broadnax Hilderbrand, Annette Broadnax Lawson, Virginia Fleming Stevens (Eric), Fredrick Siddle, Gregory Siddle (Sherri), Gatha Siddle Stevenson (William), Roderick Broadnax (Delphine), Jerome Siddle, Stephen Alston (Judy); great-grandchildren, Christopher Broadnax, Idina Broadnax, April Broadnax, Benita Broadnax, Thomas Hilderbrand, Allen Hilderbrand, Thateus Broadnax, Thomas Lawson, Dawon Broadnax, Daquan Broadnax, Reginald Poole, Brittney Broadnax, Raven Broadnax, Ryan Broadnax, Breonna Broadnax, Annette Rone, Keisha Rone, Shenele Ramey, Toma Siddle, Takayo Siddle, Asia Siddle, Angel Siddle, Dominique' Stevenson, Monique Germany, De'Leon Curry, Roderick Robertson, Sandy Siddle, Sophia Merritt, Shantay Thomas Ward, Avanti Siddle and Enricka Alston; special friends Mary Lawson Lee and Martha Lynn; special caregiver/great-granddaughter, Shenele Ramey; additional great, great, grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2023 from the Elm Grove Baptist Church, 1302 Highway 29 Business with Pastor C. Bradley Hunt, II presiding and Dr. Clarence Johnson eulogist. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 until 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Providence Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Yanceyville. Public viewing will be Thursday afternoon at Johnson & Sons, 115 Holderby Street. In every effort to protect our client families, protective facial coverings and social distancing are mandatory requirements.