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Ruth Rebecca Robertson Tinnell

August 19, 2022

Ruth Rebecca Robertson Tinnell born on March 1, 1941, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 19, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur H. and Virginia Robertson of Forest, VA; her brothers Herbert L. Robertson, of Lynchburg, and Earl S. Robertson, of Forest; Sisters in Law, Shirley, Martha, and Edith Robertson, and Joyce Abbott; and her Fiancée Max Overcash of Kannapolis, NC.

Rebecca is survived by her daughter Gloria Knight (Randall) of Forest, and grandson Dylan Knight of Richmond, VA. She is also survived by her sister Sedella Austin (Joe), of Texas, brothers Ernest Robertson of Lynchburg, and Henry Robertson of Forest. She also leaves a number of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.

Rebecca attended New London Academy. She was also a member of Forest United Methodist Church, Forest.  Rebecca retired from GE/Ericsson with over 30 years of service. Rebecca was a member of the National Railway Historical Society (Roanoke Chapter). Rebecca enjoyed many excursions with her brother Earl and Grandson Dylan. She had a love for the 611 but her love of trains began early in life due to riding the train to Newport News to visit her cousin, Anita Sue, in the summers. Rebecca and her mother loved to go riding on the back country roads, just to find out where the road took them. Rebecca also enjoyed many tour bus trips with Max, seeing many cities along the way.

For the last decade Rebecca suffered with several health issues, strokes, Parkinson’s Disease and metastatic kidney cancer. Rebecca remained at home until her passing as she wished, being cared for by her daughter, Gloria since 2018.

The Family would like to Thank Centra Hospice for the two years of great care Rebecca received. After two years of hospice a relationship develops, that’s more than healthcare, its Friendships as well. Gloria would like to recognize three very special nurses that have become family Kathy, LPN, Teresa, RN, and our first RN of 15 months, Lindsey Frett. Thank you, ladies, for your excellent care given to mom, but especially for your concern, compassion, friendship and love given to both of us. We would also like to thank Dr. Gene Moss, Piedmont Eye Center, for his care to mom during this time.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 6pm-8pm at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. The funeral will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2022, 12 noon at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg officiated by Pastor Charlie Johnson, FUMC and Sue Keen. Interment will be at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: Forest United Methodist Church 1150 Burnbridge Rd, Forest, Va. 24551 or National Railway Historical Society, Roanoke Chapter PO Box 13222, Roanoke, Va. 24032.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Rebecca was my classmate at NLA for many years and a good friend. We missed seeing her the last few years at our reunions. Praise God she is now healed!

Posted by Martha Wilson Hudson on August 23, 2022

Sending condolences to Gloria and Dylan and to the extended family. Prayers for comfort and peace. Love to you Gloria, my dear friend. May your mother Rest In Peace. ❤️❤️

Posted by Robyn Trost on August 23, 2022

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