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Tuesday, February 23 2021
Angela Marie Marshall Wilkerson

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I knew her long ago, and she was a very sweet young lady. I had heard reports about her extraordinary accomplishments. Her friends and family should be proud of the life that she lived.
Posted by Donnie Underwood on 02/27/2021 - 05:01 PM
As I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes, it's hard to shake Angie was a sweet and kind person who loved people no matter what. I will miss Angie so much she was like a second mom to me and for that I was thankful I met her. She will always be in my heart I enjoyed working with her and I'll miss her telling me all about her recipes she found and tried out.
Posted by Markeisha Roberts on 02/27/2021 - 05:30 PM
I love you , always my angela ... Shaq ❤️
Posted by Shaquana Brown on 02/27/2021 - 05:37 PM
Angie was a beautiful person inside and out!! I loved seeing her working with the youth in church. She was so inspiring to us all!! She will be greatly missed!
Posted by Christin Jackson on 02/27/2021 - 05:47 PM
Dear heather and Frankie there are no words to express the sorrow I feel for you all at this time. Angie was an angel among us. Anne dean and amber let me know. My heart is hurting for you. God bless you. I guess He needed a special angel. Named Angie.
Posted by Jane newkirk on 02/27/2021 - 06:15 PM
What an inspiration! I taught Angie at Alleghany and continued our acquaintance while we lived in Harrisonburg. She was full of life & did not let her health issues keep her from being who she longed to be. Sadly, we had lost contact but she will be remembered with fondness. My sympathies to all of you.
Posted by JoAnn Bogan Smith on 02/27/2021 - 09:47 PM
So sorry for everyone's loss! Angie hA always been a sweetheart!
Posted by Kimberly Smallwood on 02/27/2021 - 09:53 PM
So sorry for everyone's loss! Angie hA always been a sweetheart!
Posted by Kimberly Smallwood on 02/27/2021 - 09:59 PM
The first morning not receiving a devotional text was a hard one. But I know her first morning in Heaven, she was living out her reward of all that she has imagined, dreamed, and hoped in her faith in Jesus. I'm so thankful that she let me help check off a bucket list item when we took a road trip outside of Richmond in 2016 to a revival meeting. We had the best time and formed a bond of sisterhood that I was truly blessed with these past 5 years. We laughed until our stomachs hurt and cried many tears together. We were prayer warriors for each other and I will miss that greatly, but I know we will both be worshipping Jesus face to face in His time. I love you Angie. I'm here if you need anything at all Heather. You have my prayers.
Posted by Teresa Windsor on 02/27/2021 - 10:20 PM
Angie is a dear friend in my favorite childhood memories. What a sweet, courageous, funny, and strong young lady. She was a bright light of the Gospel witness. She was a bold encouragement and kept friends lifted up with her unique quotes and with her prayers. She showed folks that limitations from disabilities can bring opportunities. I'll treasure our time together playing Barbies and riding bikes, sleepovers and birthday parties. Just hanging out with Ladd, their doggie, as her Dad watched MASH or when Frankie would cut our hair for us. The time goes quickly but as the saying goes old friends are gold. Thank you for your example Angie. (Revelation 21:4,5 John 14:2,3) All our love to Frankie, Heather and family You're in our prayers
Posted by Cheryl McWilliams on 02/27/2021 - 11:34 PM
I'll miss talking to Angie on messenger. She was a wonderful young lady that grow up with my daughters. She never gave up. Deepest Sympathy to the family.
Posted by Judy and Raymond Humphreys on 02/28/2021 - 12:11 AM
She was such a great lady and advocate. The Hanna's will keep her and her family in our prayers.
Posted by Kevin Hanna on 02/28/2021 - 12:51 AM
Angie will be missed and her huge heart and giving soul will long be remembered. May God keep and comfort the family! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Tina Dressler on 02/28/2021 - 09:00 AM
I dearly loved Angie! I never saw her when she wasn't smiling. Her smile just lit up the room or whenever she was. I met her through the Educational Talent Search at Dabney S Lancaster Community College. She was also my fb friend. I know God had a huge smile on his face when he saw this beautiful angel 😇. Now, she is completely healed. Thank you Father God. She will be missed. 💗
Posted by Sandra Capps on 02/28/2021 - 09:09 AM
Sending prayers for Angies family.She was a fellow classmate of mine, and I will miss her very dearly.Angie was the sweetest and kindest person you could ever meet.Fly high sweet friend and Rip🙏😢
Posted by Steven Tolley on 02/28/2021 - 09:15 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family. Angie was such a wonderful inspiration to many people. I recently chatted with her on FB PM and she was her usual upbeat and cheerful self. I am so proud to have known her. Just a beautiful soul. She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Anne Yancey on 02/28/2021 - 10:04 AM
So sorry for your loss Angie was always such a strong willed young person. I was so proud of my little cheerleaders. She was a dear. You remember me as (Carter)
Posted by Pat Shifflett on 02/28/2021 - 10:44 AM
Heather you and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers
Posted by Lovelle Campbell on 02/28/2021 - 05:04 PM
Frankie, and Heather, I am so sorry to hear of Angies passing. I remember meeting Angie at Clifton Forge Baptist Church. She was always so kind. May God cover you both in His peace. In His love, Scarlet Nicely
Posted by Scarlet Nicely on 02/28/2021 - 06:52 PM
So sorry to hear this. I graduated with her and she was always so sweet. Bless her sweet soul.
Posted by Jennifer Reynolds on 02/28/2021 - 08:28 PM
Thinking of you. Remembering fond childhood memories of Angie.
Posted by Kelly Broughman Smestad on 03/01/2021 - 08:09 AM
My heart is completely broken. Angie I will never forget you.
Posted by Amber Uzzell on 03/01/2021 - 08:32 AM
I remember her from her student years at DSLCC....MANY years ago when I was head of the welding department. I was always impressed and inspired by her tenacity for life. Later in her life she made really tough decisions....what a strong and deeply caring person she was. GODSPEED Dear Lady!
Posted by Reggie Cross on 03/01/2021 - 09:18 AM
I was so very saddened to learn of Angie's death. I got to know her when I was at keysville umc. My deepest sympathy to the family. May God bring you comfort and peace at this very difficult time. Robbie Pryor
Posted by Robbie Pryor on 03/01/2021 - 11:52 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I'm really at a loss for words...I still can't believe you're with Jesus now
Posted by Becky Covington on 03/01/2021 - 05:35 PM
Frankie, So sorry for your loss. Will be keeping you in my prayers. I remember Angie from Clifton Forge Baptist Church. She was a sweet girl.
Posted by Sherry Sue Campbell on 03/01/2021 - 06:52 PM
Frankie, Heather and family, I am so sorry to hear of Angie's passing away. She was a very sweet person and I certainly will miss her posts on Facebook. I will always cherish my memories of her growing up in Clifton Forge Baptist Church. I am sorry that I won't be able to attend her funeral. I have several things going on the day of her funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you the comfort you all to get through this time. Condolences to each and everyone of you. God Bless You All! In Christian Love, Brenda Sims Watson
Posted by Brenda Watson on 03/01/2021 - 08:20 PM
Angie was such a special and strong lady who lived her life to honor Christ. She excelled in the life she was dealt in this world and is now so happy in her heavenly mansion with that big contagious smile! We will miss her. Frankie and Heather - we are so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter and sister.
Posted by Randy & Donna Lundy on 03/01/2021 - 08:44 PM
Our prayers for this family and long time friends.🙏🙏
Posted by Glenn & Linda Barbour on 03/01/2021 - 09:18 PM
Angie and I became best friends in elementary school. She was the goofiest, kindest, most full of hope person I know. We had the best times together even on the days when I knew she wasn't feeling the best. She never gave up or even slowed down really. She had a desire to live each day, each minute to the fullest and that's exactly what she did until her last minute. Angie was a gift to us all and this world is less brighter without her in it.
Posted by Missy Oyler on 03/01/2021 - 09:20 PM
Frankie so very sorry for your loss. Your daughter was a true inspiration and will be truly missed. Prayers
Posted by Fred and Mary Lou Odum on 03/02/2021 - 07:51 AM
Prayers for all of you.
Posted by Butch Reeves on 03/02/2021 - 08:39 AM
I am so sorry that I am unable to attend the celebration of Angie's like. Angie was a special young lady and I know she will be greatly missed by her mom and friends. Please know that I am praying for you all. Frankie, I love you and I really miss seeing you and singing with you. Love in Christ, Anne
Posted by Anne Donovan on 03/02/2021 - 09:48 AM
I will miss you Angie. Forever in my heart. Hope
Posted by Hope Williamson on 03/02/2021 - 10:01 AM
Hope and I are so sorry to ear about Angie. She was a dear friend and we loved her very much. She will be with us forever and will always miss her. Prayer for her family with love.
Posted by Edith and Hope Williamson on 03/02/2021 - 10:38 AM
Sending prayers!
Posted by Jenika Marshall Sears on 03/02/2021 - 03:22 PM
Thinking of you all!
Posted by Sherwood & Carolyn Marshall on 03/02/2021 - 03:23 PM
Dear Frankie and Heather, After reading her life story, I am so proud and happy of all she achieved. Most of us never accomplish near what she did in her short life, She was a blessing to so many and that's what I will remember. Never when we heard her diagnosis did we ever imagine all she would do and with such grace and beauty. My love to you both and your children and grandchildren. Will think of her often, especially as spring comes. Love, Betsy Carter.
Posted by Elisabeth Carter on 03/02/2021 - 05:36 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. She was a sweet person with a big heart! I admired her strength and perseverance!
Posted by Jill Hayslett Williams on 03/02/2021 - 07:46 PM
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Heather, Frankie and family.
Posted by Matthew K. Tucker and Family on 03/03/2021 - 01:12 PM
Saddened by this news of Angie's passing! Know we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! Our memories of Angie has always been how sweet she always was to us. Please let us know if we can do anything!
Posted by Freda and Greg Linkswiler on 03/10/2021 - 06:38 PM
We are so saddened to hear of Angie's passing! All the memories we have of her has been how sweet and kind hearted she was! Dear Frankie and Heather and family , please know we all are feeling your pain of losing her ! God has her in his arms and time-will not replace the pain but it might lessen the tears. You have a lot of family and friends that are going to miss Angie's spirit and smile! I posted a comment before but wasn't sure if it went through?
Posted by Freda and Greg Linkswiler on 03/10/2021 - 06:50 PM

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Angela Marie Marshall Wilkerson, 47, of Hillsville passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Born August 19, 1973 in Roanoke, VA, Angie was a daughter of Frances “Frankie” Yearout Marshall and the late John Franklin “Frank” Marshall.

Angie was a member of the Eureka Baptist Church in Keysville, VA. Her faith and spirituality were at the core of her existence. Her church family, prayer partners, and Bible study groups meant the world to her.

Angie was a 1992 graduate of Alleghany High School in Covington VA. She graduated from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in 1995 with an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies, and graduated from James Madison University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree.

Diagnosed with Friedrich’s Ataxia, a progressive form of Muscular Dystrophy, at the age of twelve Angie never let her disability or her wheelchair define who she was. While in college, Angie began advocating for the disabled. She soon discovered that this was her true calling, and spent the rest of her life as an advocate, raising awareness about disabilities.

Her energies, that focused on educating others and change for the disabled, along with her dedication and motivation took her to amazing heights.

In 1994 Angie won the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Personal Achievement Award for the state of Virginia. A year later, in 2005, Angie was named Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, and was named 2nd runner up at the National Ms. Wheelchair Pageant in Albany NY.

As Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Angie spent the year traveling the state of Virginia doing speaking engagements, educating people on the Americans with Disabilities Act and advocating for the disabled. Her motto was “Change Begins with Me.”She continued her work with Ms. Wheelchair Virginia for the next five years.

In 2011, Angie started a website called “Wheels to Motivate” and continued her advocacy by doing inspirational and educational speaking. Her advocacy reached a wide range of audiences including children, youth, seniors, persons with disabilities, and goal-oriented women.

Most recently, just two weeks ago, Angie was nominated to serve as a member of the Advocacy Board for a company licensed in Virginia to provide residential and community services for individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities or long term mental illnesses.

Angie had an independent and outgoing spirit, and a smile that would light up the room. She didn’t dwell on the challenges she faced, but put her energy into looking for solutions to them. She lived life to the fullest and embraced the opportunity for new experiences.

Despite being in a wheelchair, Angie was able to check off many of the items on her bucket list. Some of her favorite adventures were when she went horseback riding, went parasailing, rode in a hot air balloon, anddid adaptive surfing at Virginia Beach. Her personal travels took her on three cruises, where she was able to visit many countries and fulfill her dream of a gondola ride in Venice Italy.

Angie was an inspiration to so many people and she truly enriched the lives of her family and her many friends, who were all so very important to her. Angie’s hope was that everyone who came into her life would be a better person for having known her. May her memory be a blessing to everyone who knew and loved her,

In addition to her mother, Angie is survived by her sister, Heather Marshall Lewis and husband Mike, her beloved nephew, Michael Lewis III, and her adored nieces Gwendolyn and Adaline Lewis, all of Bedford, VA; aunt Nancy Marshall Alder; uncle, Sherwood (Carolyn) Marshall; Godmother, Barbara Thurman; numerous cousins; her former husband, James Wilkerson; and the many friends whose lives she touched.

In keeping with her wishes, Angie donated tissue samples to the Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the pursuit of scientific research leading to treatments and a cure for Friedrich’s Ataxia

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11:00 am at Eureka Baptist Church, 4757 George Washington Highway (Rt.#40), Keysville, VA with Pastor Matthew Homan officiating. The family will receive friends for the viewing and visitation at the church an hour before the service. Social distancing and COVID precautions will be followed.

For family and friends who are unable to attend the service in person, it will be livestreamed at:

Interment will follow the service in Lakeview Cemetery in Victoria, VA.The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1503 Santa Rosa Rd. Room 120, Richmond, VA 23229 or the Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, 533 W. Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335.

Arrangements are being handled by Clarke Funeral Home in Kenbridge, VA. To send condolences to the family online, please visit

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