Virginia Ponds Byars


Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Ponds Byars, age 76, of Ethelsville, were held Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Skelton Funeral Home Chapel with grandsons, Will Byars, Rilee Byars and Spencer Clary officiating. Music was provided by her grandchildren, Kory Adams, Kari Beth Moore and Jenna Harkness. Burial followed in Andrews Chapel Cemetery in Millport. Mrs. Byars died Sunday, June 6 at Hospice of West Alabama.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Richard Byars, Sr.; her parents; brother, Glen Ponds; sister, Hattie Dobbins; brother-in-law, Ray Dobbins and nephews, Seth Richards, Darin McGahey and Mickey Dobbins. Survivors include her daughters, Cybil Clary (Jerry) and Toni Adams (Scot); son, Richie Byars (Jill); brothers, Billy Ponds, Daniel Ponds and Ricky Ponds (Suzette); sisters, Luzette Lombard and Peggy Jaynes; six grandchildren, Jenna Harkness (Seth), Kari Beth Moore (Blake), Will Byars (Riley), Spencer Clary, Rilee Byars and Kory Adams and one great-grandson, Colt Moore.

Virginia was born November 3, 1944 in Ethelsville to the late Parker Lee Ponds and Hellon Esther Duncan Ponds. She was a faithful and long time member of Liberty Assembly of God Church where she enjoyed singing soprano in “The Trio” with her brother and sisters-in-law. Her love for the latest fashion led her to work as a sales lady at Stokes Clothing in Reform for many years. Virginia was a devoted and loving wife. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved nothing more than keeping her winning streak in her favorite game which earned her the title “ Queen of Rook.” She especially adored her great-grandson, Colt and always looked forward to showing him off to her friends at Morningview. She will always be remembered for the funny pranks she pulled, her southern cooking and her delicious sweet tea, but most of all by her strong Christian values.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Will Byars, Spencer Clary, Rilee Byars, Kory Adams, Seth Harkness and Blake Moore. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Morningview, staff at Fayette and Tuscaloosa DCH and the staff of Hospice of West Alabama.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Liberty Assembly of God, 268 Ruffin Road, Millport, AL 35576 or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.

Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directed.

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