Edith Whitt Hypes

August 5, 1924 - June 13, 2019

The Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, wrote ‘Do not go gentle into that good night”. He obviously did not know Edith Whitt Hypes. Edith, born August 5, 1924 in Frankford, West Virginia had a different philosophy: Live gently, treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect, and love thy god and family with all your might. For almost 95 years she faithfully lived this philosophy. On June 13, 2019 she passed gently into the good night at Carilion Giles Community Hospital to be reunited in heaven with so many friends and family that knew and loved her, especially her husband Tommy and two sons Tommy Hypes Jr. and Roger Dale Hypes who preceded her in death.
Edith was the last survivor of a large family and also preceded in death by her parents Robert and Nannie Cornwell Whitt of Frankford, West Virginia, 2 sisters and 6 brothers: Oda Songer of Pearisburg, Mary Fleeman of Narrows, and Bobby, Albert, Bernard, Jake, Tommy, and Roy Whitt at various locations across the US. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Jerry and Lisa Hypes of Hampton and Terry and Connie Hypes of Greer, South Carolina; eight grandchildren, Greg, Jonathan, Brenton, Daniel, Robert, and Joseph Hypes, 8 great grandchildren, and dozens of family and friends across Giles County and the US. Celebration of life services will be held at the Kendall Funeral Home Funeral Chapel , Pembroke, Thursday at 11:00 am followed by interment at Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 am until 11:00 am before the service.
Edith resided in Bluff City and Giles County, Virginia for the last 75 years and for the last 10 was at Riverview/Heritage Hall in Rich Creek, Virginia. The family would like to thank all of the nurses and other caregivers at Heritage Hall for the outstanding care they provided. They would also like to thank the compassionate and professional staff at Carilion Giles Community Hospitalfor the last few days of care that allowed Edith to pass gently into the good night. For the dozens of friends and family that watched over and cared for her in the last 30 years following the death of her husband Tommy there will never be enough thanks. A special appreciation to Carol Fortner, Shirley Kellison, and Anna Lee Williams. The love and care they provided to Edith and the immediate family throughout these years. The earth has truly lost an angel, but we know that she is now reunited with the friends and family she so loved and cared about.