Viola Jane Thompson Whiteside departed this life on Thursday, October 13, 2022. She was born on September 27, 1931, in Carroll County, Virginia, to the late Baxter and Lucretia Jennings Thompson.
She was a graduate of Radford University, with graduate study at the University of Virginia and the University of Arkansas. Jane taught for 38 years at the high school level, mainly as an English teacher at Covington High.
Jane is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Farmer, grandchildren, Amanda (Cliff) Hernandez, Rachel (David) Becerra, Kirk Johnson, Ashleigh (Nolan) Tidwell, and five great-grandchildren, Allora Larue, Tera Hernandez, Dominik Hernandez, Willa Grier Becerra, and Viola Tidwell.
An active member of the Edgemont Presbyterian Church since 1958. Jane served as a youth director, as well as a Sunday School teacher. Through the years she was a member of the Alleghany Retired Teachers and Cope, serving as Treasurer for many years.
According to her wishes, her body has been cremated.
A memorial service will be held at Edgemont Presbyterian Church on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 6:00 PM with Pastor James Macdougall will be officiating.
Memorial tribute may be made to AdoptAClassroom.org at Lockbox 446054; P.O. Box 64078; St Paul, MN 55164.