Erna Mae Diamond

Obituary for Erna Mae Diamond

September 8, 1929 - June 14, 2016
Concord, North Carolina | Age 86

Former Toll Collector at Nolan Toll Bridge


Erna Mae Diamond of Concord, N.C., formerly of Ransom, Ky., daughter of the late Adron and Dixie Smith Varney, born September 8, 1929 at Johns Creek, Ky., departed this life Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the age of 86.

God saw she was tired and a cure was not to be so He put His arms around her and whispered, "Come with Me". We loved her dearly; we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating; hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us that He only takes the best.

Erna retired from the Nolan Toll Bridge after many years of service and was a member of Leckieville Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Rev. John Lee Diamond Jr.; a special son, Larry Ray Diamond; sons-in-law: Jackie Leon Plumb and Kenneth Finley; a brother, Estill Varney, and sisters, Elsie Hackney, Lilly Collins, Ruby Collins, and Goldie Bell.

Those that remain to cherish and embrace her memory include her son, Chester Douglas Diamond and wife Vicki of Fort Gay, W.Va.; daughters: Thelma Jo Plumb of Ransom and Wanda Finley of Kannapolis, N.C.; and Buddy Thompson of Dans Branch, whom she always thought of as as a son. Erna has six grandchildren: Jackie Leon Plumb Jr. of Blackberry, Ky., John Clarence Plumb of Merrimac, W.Va., Robert Ray Smith of Concord, Tracia Lynn Smith of Kannapolis, Kimberly Renae Whitt of South Carolina, and Kevin Douglas Diamond of Las Vegas, Nev.; three great-grandchildren: Hope Dingus of Hardy, Ky., Tyler Plumb of Pond Creek, Ky., and Jonathan Smith of Concord; two great-great-grandchildren: Brycen Daniels of Hardy and Jonah Blake Dingus, also of Hardy, and one surviving sister, Kozetti Hensley of Oak Hill, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, June 17, with Bro. Haskell Runyon Jr. and Bro. Harrison Baisden officiating. Interment was in Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher, W.Va., with grandsons and other family serving as pallbearers.

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