Evelyn Poling Johnson journeyed home early the morning of March 3, 2013. Born June 10, 1932 in Gay, WV; she was the daughter of James Albert Harpold and Blanche Marie Fields, having 2 brothers and 5 sisters. She was mother to 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and married to the late B. Noel Poling. Later marriage to the late Ernest L. Johnson blessed her with three additional step children, seven step grandchildren, and 4 step great grandchildren. Evelyn’s life was about family, community, giving, and service.
In high school, Evelyn was Head Cheerleader, a member of the band, glee club, and chosen Miss Viking twice. Playing a major role in the family business, Poling Electric, during the 60’s, she raised 5 children, helped her husband B. Noel who was active in WV state politics, was involved with football boosters, band boosters, and numerous community projects and affairs. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Epworth United Methodist Church, a Cub Scout leader, a Brownie leader, a Rainbow advisor, involved with early Midget football, and Little League, and President of the Ripley High Alumni Association.
Her many friends and loved ones gave her courage when she developed colon cancer in 1974. She became involved with local hospitals, the cancer society, and social work helping other ostomy patients cope with their adjustments. She later career changed to help medical offices and patients deal with burdening health insurance complexities. That time of her life became a joy to her of helping others.
Her marriage to “Lew” Johnson marked a new phase of both their lives. She was a member of the Ravenswood First Baptist Church, the Pilot Club, and they continued their involvement in various community activities. Weekly Rook partners were Charles Poling and Colleen Murray, whom they both enjoyed immensely. Families grew, grandchildren married, and great grandchildren entered her world. Her joy of travel, entertaining and giving of herself to family and friends was her life. It made her “Eve”.
Surviving Evelyn are her children Shirl/Carl Baggett of Atlanta GA, Mike Poling of Cleveland OH, Jennifer/Jim Natalina of Ripley WV, Steve/Shirley Poling of Ripley WV, and Randy/Lissa Poling of Crystal River, FL. Grandchildren include Brian/Kelly Bethea and Joe/Sabrina Bethea of Atlanta GA, Lindsey/Larry Baer of Chicago IL, Matt/Alicia Poling of Pittsburgh PA, Andrew Poling of Erie PA, Adam/Gretta Hill of Ripley WV, Ben/Amber Poling of Goldtown WV, Adam/Kayla Poling of Evans WV, Sida/Andrew Hyde of Safety Harbor FL, Erica Poling of Largo, FL, Bobby Poling of Crystal River, FL. Great grandchildren include Wes and Will Hill, Haley Bethea, Ellie Poling, Annabelle Poling, and Willa and Weston Hyde.
Evelyn’s surviving brothers are Jackie and James Harpold. Surviving sisters are Virginia Burdette, Betty Jo/Dick Dopart, Janet/Chuck Frum, Jean/Gene Waybright, and Molly/Tom Perry.
Page 2 of 2 - Surviving step children through marriage include Stan Johnson, Zella Johnson, and Terry Johnson.
Memorial Services will be held at Waybright Funeral Home in Ripley, on Saturday March 23, 2013. Friends are welcome for family visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, with services commencing at 2:00 PM. Donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers are requested.
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