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Forest Hills Memorial Garden
Friday August 9th, 2019

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First United Methodist Church
Friday August 9th, 2019

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Ralph Joseph Emerson, Sr.


RALPH JOSEPH EMERSON, SR., age 90, passed away Wednesday August 7, 2019.

Ralph was a wonderful husband, dad, granddaddy, brother, and friend. He loved being outdoors, hunting, and fishing with his son. Mr. Emerson adored his three grandchildren and was the family go-to-fixer of about anything, a lot of time with duct tape. Ralph enjoyed his work and the friends he made. He was fond of children and animals and would never turn anyone 2 or 4 legged away. He was also very proud to have served his country in the U S Army. He was a purple heart recipient and served in Germany, post WWII. He was a life long member of Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. His friendly smile and gentle way will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Carter Emerson; parents, Bane and Charmie Emerson; siblings, James Emerson, Stella Sheets, and Larrie Emerson.

Ralph is survived by his daughter, Theresa Emerson Walker and husband, Randall; son, Ralph Joseph "Joe" Emerson, Jr. and wife, Tammy; sisters, Lena Carter, Maxine Fiorentino and husband, Frank, Janet Tuell and husband, Joe; brothers, Raymond Emerson and wife, Jackie, Bruce Emerson and wife, Betty; grandchildren, Ryan Walker, Emily Emerson and Abigail Emerson; and several sisters-in-law, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 9, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion VA with the Reverend Dr. James Bennington officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion, VA 24354.

To share memories of Ralph Joseph Emerson, Sr. please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Ralph's family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, VA 24354.

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Our condolences to all the family of Ralph. We were proud to have him for a cousin. His quite & kind smile will always be remembered. We are sorry we did not get to be with the family. Love to all, Carl

Carl & Alma Jean Pennington Aug 13 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly. Our prayers are with you during this time. Love to all.

Charlotte Peak Aug 8 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Mr. Emerson passing; our thoughts and prayers are with the family! Rounding the corner on John Street will never be the same without Mr. Emerson there to wave and greet us each day! He sure will be missed!

Kyle and Debbie Rhodes Aug 7 2019 12:00 AM

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