Rubynel Austin Pilch

Rubynel Austin PilchRubynel Austin Pilch, 79, of White Gate, VA, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017. She was born December 25, 1937 at Kannapolis, NC, the daughter of the late Floyd F. & Leona Ellison Austin. She was a proud graduate of Mars Hill University, Carson-Newman University and Hampton University. She was proud to have earned her Master’s Degree. She taught primary education for seven years and special education of emotionally disturbed children for fifteen years. Upon retirement, she moved with her husband to Giles County, VA, where they built their dream home together and lived in the mountains they both loved, where she spent much of her time keeping track of the adventures of her three sons an, three daughters-in-law and her wonderful grandchildren, traveling with her husband Bob and reading as many books as possible.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert Martindale Pilch; her three sons, John D., Mark E. and David A. Pilch; six grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel, Jonathan, Jayne, Mason and Martin Pilch; and one sister, Sherry Page.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with Rev. Lynn Garrison officiating. Burial will follow in Walker’s Creek Cemetery, Inc. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 P.M. until service time, 2:00 P.M.

Following the services, the family invites friends to a luncheon that will be prepared at the White Gate Ruritan Community Center located beside the cemetery for a time of visiting and fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in her name to either Mars Hill University or Carson-Newman University.

The Pilch family is in the care of A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, avestandsons.com, (540) 921-2985.