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Suzanne Litz Davis "Sue" Van Dyke, 94 of Tazewell, VA passed away peacefully Friday, June 2, 2017 at Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, VA. Born April 21,1923 in Bluefield, VA to the late Susie Litz Davis and Thomas Walton Davis. She spent her childhood years in Swords Creek and Honaker, VA. She graduated from Honaker High School, where she played on the girls basketball team. She attended Madison College (now James Madison University) and McLain's Business College. Sue worked briefly at the Appalachian Power Company in Bluefield, VA. She married William Howard Van Dyke with whom she shared 64 years until his death in 2008. Sue called Tazewell home for the majority of her life. She was active in the community as a member of the Jeffersonville Women's Club, and a volunteer for various PTA positions in her children's schools. Sue was a member of Main Street UMC where she enjoyed serving in whatever capacity was needed. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family, and she loved them well!
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her three sisters, Margaret Davis Surface, Mavis Davis Hart, and Sally Alice Davis Rauscher.
She is survived by three sons, William H. Van Dyke, Jr. and wife, Patricia Gleason of Lynchburg, VA, Thomas R. Van Dyke and wife, Ellen Edwards Van Dyke of Damascus, VA, James L. Van Dyke, and wife, Gail Ilse Van Dyke of Lynchburg, VA; two daughters, Mary Sue Van Dyke Niles, and husband, Robert L. Niles of Cary, NC, and Margaret Anne Van Dyke Warren, and husband, J. Gregory Warren of Winston-Salem, NC; twenty-one grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren.
The family is exceedingly grateful for the special care given to Sue by Cecelia Rose and Cookie Sheets of Tazewell, Brenda Turpin and Kyle Dow of Lynchburg, the staff of Westminster Canterbury, and the staff of Lynchburg General Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Main Street United Methodist Church in Tazewell, VA where funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM with the Reverend Anthony Grills, the Reverend Manny Elswick, and the Reverend Dr. Thomas Conley officiating. Burial will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell, VA. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers are Heath Van Dyke, Jim Van Dyke, Nicholas Van Dyke, Adam Niles, Nathan Niles, Alex Warren, John Thomas Warren, Luke Warren, Davis Warren, Bill Hart, Troy Hart, Bob Hart, Tom Duff, Sam Duff, Danny Surface, and Mike Brooks.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Main St. UMC, 315 E. Main St., Tazewell, VA, 24651.
Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell, VA is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com
Published on June 7, 2017
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