Wanda Nell (Spradlin) Etheridge began her eternal life in Glory on April 11, 2019, from Hospice of East Texas.
She was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Edgewood to Arlie Lee and Dessa (Prestridge) Spradlin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Etheridge; brother, A.D. Spradlin; sister, Erlene Webster; great-granddaughter, Bobbi Rogers; and daughter-in-law, Kay (McAtee) Etheridge.
She is survived by two daughters, Kay Rogers and husband, Danny, and Barbara Dawson and husband, Ray; son Danny Etheridge; five grandchildren, Craig Rogers and wife, Stephanie, Brandy Carnevale and husband, Bryan, Christi Setser and husband, Josh, James Christopher Morton and wife, Jessie, and Joey Chitty; and 11 great-grandchildren, Margaret Smith, Melanie McClung, Joshua Setser, Solomon Setser, Caleb Setser, Kaylee Setser, Bailey Morton, James Morton, Connor Waitkus, Atee Carnevale and Elliana Carnevale.
She worked side by side with her husband for most of their lives, first farming until around 1957 when they decided to take a big chance on opening a drive-in grocery at the intersection of Highways 243 and 198 called Etheridge Drive In (now known as Down Home Café).
They put in very long hours there for seven days a week for many years. As the business grew, they added feed and fertilizer and the business became quite successful.
After retiring from that business, she worked as a substitute mail carrier for a while, then rejoined Horace in the used car business.
After her husband’s death and experiencing declining health, she became a resident at Country Place Senior Living and while there, became inspired to write poetry.
She wrote more than 100 poems which her children had published as a keepsake. She was also instrumental in organizing a daily Bible study.
She never thought herself to be talented but she was very intelligent and could do most anything she attempted.
Painting, ceramics and knitting are among some of the crafts she loved. The very most important thing to her was that every child, grandchild and great-grandchild and every friend come to know Jesus as their personal savior and serve Him with all their hearts.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 15, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Canton with Dr. Mike Roberson and Dr. J. Michael Burns officiating. Interment followed in Haven of Memories.
Pallbearers were Craig Rogers, Joey Chitty, Josh Sets-er, Caleb Setser, Bryan Carnevale, Logan McClung, Tyler Smith and James Morton.