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In Memory of

Retha M. Herbert

January 3, 1918 - November 21, 2016

Obituary


COKER - Retha Herbert, age 98, died November 21, 2016 at her residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2016 at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Long officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Herbert; father, John Henry Crase; mother, Lila Elam Crase; brothers, Thelman Crase, Elmer Crase, Chaldon Crase, Cigal Crase, Kenneth Crase, Omer Wages, Chester...

COKER - Retha Herbert, age 98, died November 21, 2016 at her residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2016 at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Long officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Herbert; father, John Henry Crase; mother, Lila Elam Crase; brothers, Thelman Crase, Elmer Crase, Chaldon Crase, Cigal Crase, Kenneth Crase, Omer Wages, Chester Wages; sisters, Ressie Dickey and Olean Wages.
Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Herbert Parker of North Little Rock, AR; son, Geoffrey S. Herbert; sister, Tina Flinchum (Roger); grandchildren, Lance Vail of Oklahoma City, OK, Levon Parker of North Little Rock, AR; and great-grandchildren, Anthony Vail, Ella Parker and Cora Parker.
Retha was born to tobacco farmer in Wheel Rim, a small Appalachian community in Southeastern Kentucky. She graduated high school and then attained her bachelor's degree in Berea, Kentucky, following which she landed her first teaching job in a one room schoolhouse in Beattyville, Kentucky.
She wed her husband of 50 years in 1948 and his career led them to Cincinnati, OH, where their children were born. From there they moved to St. Louis, MO, Long Island, NY, Woodbury Heights, NJ and finally to Tuscaloosa, where her husband eventually retired from Hunt Oil Company. Following their retirement, she loved out her life in Coker in the home she and her husband built together.
Our mom loved meeting and visiting people, but none more than her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and always placed our needs above her own.
She enjoyed simple pleasures like a bridge game, a coffee klatsch, or sharing a home-cooked meal with friends. She loved the Lord, was a lifelong student of The Bible and enjoyed serving in the church.
She will be deeply missed her family. We can never express our gratitude for the privilege of enjoying the love and laughter she brought us during her long and fruitful life.
Pallbearers will be Tim Paris, Levon Parker, Anthony Vaile and Lance Vail.