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Stella Rae Tilson James

d. August 26, 2020


Stella Rae Tilson James, age 61, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Va.

Stella was a loving and beautiful sister, mom, grandmomma, wife to Rick and friend to all. She loved to tell stories, laugh, and spend time with family, friends and the family she worked with and cherished. A beautiful soul. A beautiful heart. A beautiful smile. Just a beautiful person who was loved more than all the leaves on the trees. Stella Rae – you will be missed forever.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael "Dink" Sturgill, Jr.; parents, John, Jr. and Ada Farmer Tilson; and sister, Carolyn Somervell.

Stella is survived by her husband, Rick James of Troutdale, Va.; son, Charles Sturgill and wife, Cherub; step-daughter, Jessica James; step-sons, Ricky James, Jr. all of Marion, Va., and Christopher James Childers of Texas; sisters, Sharon Kegley and husband, Eddie of Marion, Va., Sabrina Roberts and husband, Richard of Villa Rica, Ga., and Charlotte Parris and husband, Joseph Linkous; brothers, Charles Tilson and wife, Joyce, and Kent Tilson, all of Marion, Va.; 6 grandchildren, Stella Blue Sturgill, William Sturgill, Marley Sturgill, Emma May McDavid, Eddie Edwards, Jr., and Nevaeh James; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery with Pastor Herman Cress officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Smyth County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1124, Marion, Va. 24354.

To share memories of Stella Rae Tilson James, please visit Care for Stella's family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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