Lillie Mae Daves Roddy

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Lillie Mae Daves Roddy, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2016. She was a devoted wife, dedicated mother and a loving and caring servant of God. Lillie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, James R. Roddy; by her parents, Zebulon Vance and Lillie Belle Daves of Pleasant Gardens, NC, and by siblings, Ray Daves, Virginia Padgett and Ruth Wells. She graduated from Pleasant Gardens High School and Carson-Newman College. Lillie Mae was a career schoolteacher. She taught at North Cove High School in Marion, Spring City High School in Spring City, TN, T.C. Roberson High School and Sand Hill Middle School in Buncombe County, and Merrimon Avenue Christian School, in Asheville. She was a member of Hominy Baptist Church in Candler where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was also an active member of the Lillian Crawford Women's Circle and volunteered to assist with many church projects. Outside of the church, Mrs. Roddy was an active volunteer for many years with ABCCM in Asheville. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Waters and son-in-law, L. Keith Waters, of Strasburg, VA; son, Wayne Roddy and daughter-in-law, Melanie Camby Roddy of Asheville; grandchildren, Zachary and Emily Roddy; sisters-in-law, Mary Kate Hamman and Joyce Andrews, and brother-in-law, Charles Roddy, all of TN, and a number of loving nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at Hominy Baptist Church, with the funeral immediately following at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Drs. Joe Yelton and Paul Raybon and the Rev. Melissa Hughes will officiate. A private burial will be on Wednesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Hominy Baptist Church, 135 Candler School Rd., Candler, NC 28715, or to ABCCM, 30 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. It sounds as though we’ve lost a kind and generous teacher to many, and a steward of the community. I am so very sorry for your loss Sharon, Keith, and family. Peace.

  2. Wayne, I am so sorry for your loss! Heaven has gained another angel for certain!!! Just hold on fast to your memories that you have had with her as you were growing up, share them with your children, write them down to help preserve the memories you had together.

  3. Wayne and Sharon,
    I am so sorry for your loss, and I am sorry that I will be unable to attend the service. She was a sweet and lovely aunt with a great sense of humor. I have so many fond memories of her! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  4. Dear family and friends of Lillie Mae! I did not know Lillie Mae well but did have some memorable moments. One was when Sharon and Lillie Mae came to my home for lunch. She seemed to enjoy watching the Shenandoah River flow by and just enjoying being. We also shared some time at their home and our trip to Dulles, awaiting Sharon and Keith’s return from Alaska. She was ever so happy to have them back and thus not be the main focus of their ‘kids’! We also had a few phone calls to stay in touch. I am sure she leaves a void for all of you and I pray the Lord of all comfort will fill that with Himself!

  5. Sharon – I was so sorry to hear about your Mother. The few times I met her she was such a lady and so interesting to visit with. Please know you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Mrs. Roddy was a best friend and mentor to my wife, Carolyn Anderson, who passed away in 2006. Carolyn always spoke so highly of Mrs. Roddy. She valued her friendship very much. As a young teacher at Sand Hill Middle, Carolyn needed help and guidance and Mrs.Roddy gave it to her.

  7. Wayne and Sharon, so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a sweet lady and a dear friend.

    Sincerely, Barbara Turpin

  8. Wayne and Sharon,
    Praying for God’s sufficient grace for your journey with grief! I have precious memories of the Roddy family during our Deaverview BC years. Blessings.

  9. Our prayers go out to the family of Lillie Mae. She is a wonderful lady re-uniting with her wonderful husband Jim.

  10. Wayne and Melanie, I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs Roddy’s passing. She was a compassionate and funny teacher. I enjoyed her 7th grade class at SHS.

  11. Sharon and Keith I am so sorry for your great Loss!!! Father I ask that you Be the peace and comfort of Sharon , Keith and the rest of the family and friends of Lillie. Give them a hug from the inside out and allow them to feel your Love and presence like never before. Amen!!!

  12. Hello Wayne and Melanie, We are so sorry for your loss, Wayne, and yet we know a loved one in the Lord is really not ‘lost’ but truly found in her heavenly home. We know what it is like to experience the death of a precious mother, and pray that God will give you an extra measure of His peaceful and comforting presence in the times ahead. Larry and Christy Casavant

  13. What a wonderful woman! My mother, Jeanette Fisher always told me that Lillie Mae was her best friend and how much she admired her! They are doing a lot of catching up now in heaven! Love and prayers for the family! Vonna Fisher Cloninger (and husband Jeff Cloninger)

  14. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Ms. Roddy was always smiling and waving when we came outside. She was a great neighbor – I know she and my mom (Gerrie Clark) spent many hours and evenings together. Mom still talks so fondly about those times.

  15. So sorry for your loss. She was my 7th Grade teacher at Sand Hill. Fond memories of her and her toughness. I had a tendency to talk too much, she was always firm but fair. Great lady!

  16. Sharon and Wayne. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your precious mother is enjoying her time with our Lord. No more suffering or struggling. We look forward to joining her. Please know that my prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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