Funeral Service For Nannie “Nancy” Vassar, 86 Held June 7 In Tazewell

Published 1:09 pm Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TAZEWELL, June 8 – Nannie Maude Foster “Nancy” Vassar, 86, of Tazewell, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Born March 14, 1924 at Rocky Mount, she was the second daughter of the late John Randolph Foster and Nannie Law Foster. She graduated from Rocky Mount High School, Class of 1942 and after graduation worked at the Radford Arsenal during World War II. Later, when her children were well underway in school, she worked at the Tazewell County Public Library until her retirement.

Mrs. Vassar was a member of the Tazewell Baptist Church in Tazewell and a member of the North Tazewell Lioness Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Moorefield Vassar, three brothers, Clifford Foster, Harry Foster, and William Foster; and a sister, Frances Vaden.

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Matthews and husband, Scott of Raleigh, NC, Mary Jones and husband, Richard “Dickie” of North Tazewell, and Anna Beavers and husband, Mark of Bluefield, WV; two sons, John Randolph Vassar and wife, Norma of Roanoke and Charles Edward Vassar and wife, Denise of Newport News; eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wilda Foster Stone of Rocky Mount.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 7, at Tazewell Baptist Church in Tazewell, with the Rev. Robert Belcher officiating. Entombment followed at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield. Pallbearers were Deacons and members of Tazewell Baptist Church.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Tazewell Baptist Church, P.O. Box 592 Tazewell, VA 24651 or the National Alzheimer's Association 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611.

Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home, Tazewell, served the family.

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