Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Virginia Lemons Hatley

Virginia Lemons Hatley, 98, of Albemarle, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Trinity Place in Albemarle. A private family graveside service will be held for Mrs. Hatley. A memorial service for the public will be held at a later date.

Virginia Hatley was born on March, 20, 1922, in Albemarle, North Carolina, to Jesse Lee Lemons and Mollie Estelle Cole Lemons. She had a twin brother, Virgil (deceased), in addition to two sisters, Dorothy Cotton and Lucille Archer, (both deceased); and a younger brother, Gene Lemons, who survives and lives in Shreveport, LA.

In 1940 she married Dolan Leo Hatley. They had three daughters, Barbara Miller (Gene); Judy Miller (C.B. Burnie); and Suzette (Suzie) Martin (Steve). Virginia was blessed with eight grandchildren: Susan Eggert (Sebastian), Matthew Miller (Andrea), Andrea Griffin (Horace), Jennifer Kimrey (Jamie), Mandy Cox (Curtis), Leslie Mullinix (Brett Burey), Gina Blalock (Steve), Shelly Eudy (Stephen); and seventeen great grandchildren: Katy, Alexander, Max, Spencer, Parker, Greyson, Ross, Brinn, Landon, Will, Macy, Owen, Sasha, Jacob, Zach, Cleo, and Gage. She counted her family as her greatest treasure.

As a young woman she began working in local textile plants while continuing to excel at being a homemaker.

In her later years, she began new hobbies: painting in oils, acrylics, and pastels; competing in annual county fair contests in flower arranging, sewing, art, knitting, crocheting, and baking.

Diagnosed with breast cancer as young woman, she began working as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She visited newly diagnosed patients in the hospital, giving them valuable information and the hope they needed as they began their recovery. Virginia would often follow-up with patients in their homes as needed.

Virginia enjoyed being busy. As a senior woman, she joined the Stanly County Senior Center where she attended classes, played games and served as a volunteer.

She always enjoyed church and was a long time member of Prospect Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir into her 90’s. Virginia was also a member of the “Singing Americans” for many years, traveling to Washington, DC, and Disney World, Orlando, FL, to perform.

Virginia loved to travel and in addition to travels throughout the United States and Canada, she traveled to such faraway places as Israel, Egypt, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. To have known Virginia was to have known a truly amazing woman with a zest for life!

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org/

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Hatley family.


  • CORNAIL RUMMAGE Posted April 16, 2020 1:40 pm


  • Janet Morris Bonney Posted April 16, 2020 2:22 pm

    I will always have such wonderful memories of Virginia from the time I was a little girl, and she and Dolan were our next door neighbors. They, along with my parents, would have weekend cookouts in our back yard. I remember sitting on Virginia’s picnic table eating watermelon as well as going up to Morrow Mountain after church on Sunday for a picnic. Virginia would have Jayne and I come down to look at her lovely paintings that she had done (Jayne and I were budding artists). Memories like these will last a lifetime. Much love and prayers to all of her family <3 .

  • Kelly Furr Posted April 16, 2020 2:46 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of this sweet woman. Suzie and Shelly, I am especially sending you love and hugs.

  • Miriam Ferrell Posted April 16, 2020 3:32 pm

    I cherish the memories that I have of Aunt Virginia. She was always so sweet and thoughtful in addition to her many talents. You all are in my prayers in your loss. The wonderful memories that we all have will keep her in our hearts until we meet again.

  • Rebecca Hollis Posted April 16, 2020 3:43 pm

    I have always admired Virginia. She was humble and sweet, but certainly not afraid to try new adventures. She raised three wonderful daughters.

  • Judy Hill Posted April 16, 2020 5:25 pm

    I was blessed to know Virginia. She was a beautiful and talented person. I always admired her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Brent Miller Posted April 16, 2020 5:28 pm

    I’ll always smile when I think of Aunt Virginia, such a sweet spirit. I’m sorry for your loss but glad we knew her.

  • Sheila Stoker Posted April 16, 2020 5:32 pm

    Mandy I’m so very sorry for your loss! Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Billy Mills Posted April 16, 2020 6:40 pm

    My neighbor and a really great friend. I would always sit by her while attending worship at Prospect Baptist Ch. She was a magnificent lady!

  • Janice Goodwin Posted April 16, 2020 8:06 pm

    Girls oh what a blessing you had in a mother. She was so beautiful. She was an inspiration to me as she sang in the choir at Prospect and how she had a faith in the Lord that you need not ask what she believed. She was a true woman of faith in Christ.
    She is with the Lord and singing and living that joyous life
    She loved her family very much. I count it an honor to have known your mother. God bless you all.
    You will always have wonderful memories of a special mother and friend. Love you all. Janice Stamey Goodwin

  • Matthew Miller Posted April 16, 2020 9:26 pm

    Thank you for loving me Grandma. I have always loved you…

  • Randy Allen Posted April 17, 2020 11:52 am

    I am praying for this family and Mrs. hatley was loved by her family and she must of loved them dearly.

  • Tammy Crump, Ruby Picker Posted April 17, 2020 8:47 pm

    Thinking of you all during this time.

  • Joe Ann Huneycutt Posted April 17, 2020 9:48 pm


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