Memorial services for Virginia Shaver Caruthers, 92, were held at 11:00, January 31 at Wilson and Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood. Mrs. Caruthers died January 28, 2014 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Wilson and Knight Funeral Home. There was a family burial service at Odd Fellows Cemetery preceding the visitation and memorial service.
Mrs. Caruthers was a homemaker and retired bookkeeper. She was born December 27, 1921 in Cross County, Arkansas and graduated from Parkin (Arkansas) High School in 1939. She attended Draughon's Business College in Memphis, Tennessee and worked for Chuck Hutton Company and the Financial Department of the U.S. Army Depot in Memphis during World War II. She was married to Greenwood native, the late Clifton Caruthers, in 1943 in Memphis.
Mrs. Caruthers moved to Greenwood in 1945. She was a charter member of North Greenwood Baptist Church, worked with the Children's Mission Group and was director of the Junior Sunday School Department for 13 years. She was bookkeeper for Mary Bell's Flower Shop for ten years before moving back to Parkin, Arkansas in 1973 to care for family members. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Parkin and served as church hostess for 30 years. She especially enjoyed coordinating wedding and anniversary receptions for members of the church. Mrs. Caruthers was also active in the community and was a charter member of the Volunteers Support Team for the Parkin Archeology State Park Museum.
Mrs. Caruthers returned to Greenwood in 2005 and again became a member of North Greenwood Baptist Church where she was a member of Faith Sunday School Class. She served also as a volunteer at Golden Age Nursing Home and the Museum of the Mississippi Delta.
Mrs. Caruthers was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Middleton and Agnes Taylor Shaver; two sisters, Georgia Hazlett and Eloise Craig; and four brothers, Chester, Gladys, Grady and Thomas Shaver. Her survivors include her sons, Bob and his wife Bonnie and Rick and his wife Fredda, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The reverend Jim Philips pastor of North Greenwood Baptist Church conducted the services.
Mrs. Caruthers requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to North Greenwood Baptist Church.
An online guestbook may be signed at www. wilsonandknight.com.