FOREST – Swanna Kaye Catron Prillaman, 66, of Forest will be celebrating the New Year in heaven with her precious Lord and Savior after peacefully passing away on Dec. 31, 2009 at Virginia Baptist Hospital.
Born in Pulaski, on Nov. 9, 1943, Kaye was the daughter of Willard Choate Catron and Mary Marguerite Tarter Catron. She graduated from Pulaski High School and earned a degree from Longwood College. A lifelong teacher, her first love was English, but in later years her passion was the Word of God. She was a spiritual mentor to many family and friends as the teacher of her Sunday school class for over twenty years, as president of the Lynchburg Evening Aglow Lighthouse for nine years and member for twenty years, as member of the Virginia West Central Area Aglow ministry team, as an evening Bible study leader, and as a regular speaker at many local churches. She was a devoted homemaker and a wonderful caregiver. She was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Pulaski and Marsh Memorial United Methodist church in Lynchburg.
Kaye never met a stranger and loved to talk. She had a kind and compassionate spirit with a smile and outgoing personality that simply radiated. She enjoyed painting when she was younger and some of her fondest memories were created vacationing at the beach with her family. She was happiest spending time with her husband and family, reading the Bible, and telling everyone she met about Jesus. She prayed constantly and spread joy wherever she went.
She is survived by William Norman Prillaman, who was her high school sweetheart, best friend, and husband of 43 years. Kaye was the proud mother of Dr. William Norman “Norm” Prillaman II and his wife Sonya of Forest and Amy Susan Cardwell and her husband Bobby of Altavista. She was the grandmother of Justin and Chelsea Cardwell and Emma and Phoebe Prillaman. She is also survived by her sister Jewell Stuart of Pulaski, five nieces and a nephew.
A funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with the Rev. C. Randall Harlow officiating, after which the family will receive friends until 5 p.m.
A graveside service will be conducted on Monday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at Fort Hill Memorial Park.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Aglow Bible Study, Lynchburg Aglow, 419 Nighthawk Road, Lynchburg, VA 24504 or Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church, 20348 Leesville Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502.
The family would like to thank Drs. Dwight Oldham, John Olmstead, Mike Valentine, and Matthew Tompkins along with all the Centra Health nurses and staff who cared so lovingly for Kaye during her five-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Whitten Timberlake Chapel, 434-239-0332, is serving the family.
To send condolences online, please visit, www.whittenfuneralhome.com.