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.