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405 Alleghany Street
PO Box 12
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 862-4157
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Sylvia Averill

Sylvia Mae Averill (Downey)

Friday, September 29th, 1939 - Friday, May 21st, 2021
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Sylvia Mae Downey Averill, age 81, of 105 Wynlyne Road, Low Moor, Virginia died Friday, May 21, 2021 at her residence.

She was born September 29, 1939 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Robert Watson Downey and Mary Frances Curtis Downey. She was a cook and clerk at Averill’s store, a member of Lone Star Advent Christian Church, attended Low Moor Presbyterian Church, and was a dedicated Virginia Tech fan. She was a caretaker and friend to all throughout the Alleghany Highlands.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene “Punky” Averill; a sister, Mildred Downey; three brothers, Charles Frances Lee Downey, Robert Watson Downey, Jr, and Wayne Downey.

She is survived by two daughters, Tracy Averill of Boones Mill, Lori Noel and husband David of Ridgeley, WV; two sons, Scotty Averill and Amanda Forbes of Covington, Greg Averill and Tina of Vinton; a sister, Judy Tidwell and husband Marshall of Lenoir, NC; two sisters in law, Doris Averill and Sybil Downey both of Clifton Forge; a brother, Earl Joseph “Mickey” Downey of Clifton Forge; six grandchildren, Samantha Averill, Daniel Unroe, Challen Averill, Grant Noel, Lorin Noel and Alana Averill; eight great grandchildren; her special companion, Guinness; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge with Reverend Lisa Marshall officiating. Interment will follow in Central Advent Christian Cemetery, Clifton Forge. Pallbearers will be, Darrell Averill, Nathan Goldberg, Carlos Seibel, Challen Averill, Grant Noel and Lorin Noel. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00PM until 8:00PM at Nicely Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1700 MacCorkle Ave, SE, Third Floor, Charleston, West Virginia 24314. The family would like to thank Mountain Regional Hospice for all their work, especially Shawn Wright and Amber Mullins.
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scott family

Posted at 10:13am
deepest condolences to the Averill Family . from the Scott family

Mike Hayslett

Posted at 06:30pm
My sincerest sympathies to the Averill family in the loss of their loved one, Sylvia Mae Downey Averill.
May the faith and love of your family bring you comfort at this sad time.

If your family has a member interested in the history or genealogy of the Averill family of Low Moor, I have a minor family heirloom that may be of interest: a book owned by an Averill ancestor from over 100 years ago.

Feel free to contact me.
Mike Hayslett (Clifton Forge) email: phone: 434-238-0223

Cathy Unroe

Posted at 12:42pm
Prayers to Sylvia’s family and friends. She was one heck of a woman and will be missed but I know one thing Heaven gain a special angel!!

Shannon Overton

Posted at 11:10am
Mrs. Averill was the sweetest lady and my favorite customer. She always put a smile on my face every time I talked to her. I looked forward to our phone conversations and seeing her when she came to pay a bill. I will deeply miss her but I know she is in a better place without aches or pains. I am so sorry for you loss as I know it will be a great void because she was one special lady.

Judy White

Posted at 06:08pm
Our Deepest Sympathy to the family & friends!

Phillip & Judy White

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