Ann Josey Egleston, 88, of Waynesboro passed away December
at her home on Oak Avenue. She was born on June
NC. She was the
daughter of Robert Carey Josey and Anna Kitchin
After finishing the 11 grades, then available in her hometown, she moved to Durham and lived with her
aunt and uncle Pauline and Burrell Allen to attend
12th grade. After graduation she attended MeredithCollege in Raleigh. She spent the
following year in Hickory, NC working in interior
design. During that time she met her future husband, DuBoseEgleston where he was practicing pediatrics.
Following their marriage in 1951 they relocated to Durham where Dr. Egleston shifted his medical specialty to ophthalmology.
They moved to NYC for his internship where their son, DuBoseEgleston, Jr. was born in 1954.
During his residency in Durham, their second son,
Robert Josey Egleston was born in 1955. The Eglestons moved to Waynesboro in 1959 to open Dr.
Egleston's ophthalmology practice. There Ann became
active in the community including Waynesboro Garden Club activities and
downtown beautification - a project for which she was pictured in the
News-Virginian putting up the first hanging flower baskets on Main Street.
While retaining their Waynesboro home on Oak Avenue, they made their
beloved farm in Rockbridge County, VA their primary home
for 14 years following Dr. Egleston's retirement.
From that base, they both logged thousands of miles behind the wheel of their
34-foot motor home. Given their many friends and family scattered across the
country, the farm operated almost as a Bed & Breakfast. Dr. Egleston died in February of 2006 at age 94.
Ann was a lover of many things - her family both immediate and extended,
college basketball and football (WakeForest), tennis, Myrtle Beach, cooking, gardening
and talking politics. She was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat whose grandfather had
served in the US Congress from 1901-1923. She was immensely proud that her
grandson, Larken served as a delegate to the
Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this past summer.
A testament to her love of WakeForest sports, she
traveled several times a year to Winston-Salem to see the Deacons
and she traveled to many bowl games, the last of these was at age 83. She loved
to tell the story that she saw her first WakeForest football game on
the "old campus" at age five. She rode into the stadium on the
shoulders of her older brother who was a freshman. Her last in-person football
game was in the fall of 2015 at age 87.
Ann and her husband befriended and helped several Vietnamese families, most
notably Chau Pham, who escaped communist rule in Saigon by boat in 1982.
Ann started having Chau over for meals, sewed
curtains for her apartment and helped teach her to drive. Although Chau moved to Missoula, MT six months later,
they stayed in touch throughout the years. Chau
became a successful business woman, raised a family and became a U.S. citizen. But
through the years, she always thought of Ann as her second mother. Chau called often and thrilled Ann by coming back to
Waynesboro for a visit in 2013.There are numerous known stories about Ann's
generosity toward others ... and undoubtedly countless others known only to the
recipients. She believed in education and supported many worthy students by
providing assistance with their college tuition. Ann lived the maxim that
"it is better to give than receive."
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her two brothers,
Robert Carey Josey, Jr. and Claude Kitchin Josey.
She is survived by sons DuBoseEgleston,
Jr. of Waynesboro, younger son Robert
Josey Egleston and wife Amy Miller Egleston of Winston-Salem NC. Their children, Larken Miller Egleston (wife
Lauren Wright Egleston) and Anna Louise Egleston, all live in Charlotte.
The family would like to thank the loving caregivers who made it possible for
Ann to fulfill her wish of staying in her home during her last few months.
Special thanks go to the unwavering devotion shown Ann by Sonya Eavey, Gloria Balser and Violet
Marshall. They were considered family by Ann. And thanks to her many loyal
friends who continued to visit and bring food since the April 2016 stroke that
finally slowed this dynamo down.
The family will receive friends from until
on Wednesday December 14, 2016 at McDow Funeral Home, 1701 W. Main
Waynesboro. A memorial service
will be held at on Thursday,
December 15, 2016 at FirstBaptistChurch, 301 S. Wayne Ave, Waynesboro. A reception will
be held in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. A
private family burial will precede the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of
the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 215, Fishersville, VA22939, Fellowship
Fund at FirstBaptistChurch, 301 S. Wayne
Waynesboro, VA22980, the Wayne Theatre
Alliance, P.O. Box 1821, Waynesboro, VA22980, or the charity of