Virginia Fern Embry


Virginia Fern Embry, 76, of Salem passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at her home.

Born Oct. 3, 1939, in Tazewell, Tennessee, she was the daughter of James E. and Mary Gladys Hounshel Dillman, both of whom preceded her in death.

Virginia was a retired nurse’s aide and home health care worker. She was a member of Salem Church of God and wrote the church news article for the Salem newspaper.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Embry of Salem; three sons, Toby Smith of Mitchell, James William Smith of Plainfield and Joseph Bauters of Salem; a daughter, Maria Knapp of Salem; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Hollis L. Smith; a son, Hollis Lee Smith Jr.; a daughter, Cynthia Moore; two brothers, James Elmer and Eugene Dillman; and two sisters, Mary Alice Brown and Kathleen Ault Downing.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Weathers Funeral Home in Salem. Burial will follow at Palmyra Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.