First Posted: 4/27/2009
GASTONIA Vergie Sumner Milstead, 93, went home to be with her Lord on April 27, 2009, at Robin Johnson Hospice House, Dallas. She was born on July 25, 1915, in Carroll County, Va., to the late Rush Floyd and Mary Jane Branscomb Sumner. Vergie was a graduate of Wilmington General Hospital School of Nursing, Wilmington, Delaware. Her early education was in Surry County. She was a registered nurse for Winston-Salem Baptist Hospital for many years and later did private duty nursing. Vergie was a pastors wife of eight Wesleyan Churches in the North Carolina West District and was a member of Firestone Wesleyan Church, Gastonia. The family wishes to thank the staff of Robin Johnson Hospice House and Gaston Memorial Hospital, 3 South, for their professional care. She is survived by her sons, H. Harlan Milstead and wife Helen of Harrisburg, Larry S. Milstead and wife Addie of Kings Mountain and the Rev. Donald W. Milstead and wife Carol of Liberty, S.C.; daughters, Mrs. Ilean M. Beck and husband Jim of Gastonia and Mrs. Mary Ellen M. Covington and husband Michael of Harrisburg; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Lawrence W. Milstead; brother, Howard Sumner; and sisters, Edna Leonard, Grace Brendle and Zela Stoneman. Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at Firestone Wesleyan Church, Gastonia, the Rev. Todd Hinson and the Rev. Wes Brown will officiate. The graveside service will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church Cemetery in Colfax. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday at Firestone Wesleyan Church and other times at the home of Jim and Ilean Beck, 135 Burton Hills Circle, Gastonia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Firestone Wesleyan Church, 1700 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054 of Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054. To offer condolences, visit www.siskbutler.com. Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City.