Virginia Yarbrough was born on January 10, 1948, to the union of John Yarbrough and Alma Perry in Humboldt, Tennessee. Both parents preceded her in death. Affectionately known as “Sister,” Virginia accepted Christ at a very early age in Jackson, TN at Pleasant Plain Missionary Baptist Church. Virginia graduated from Harrison High School in 1966. Immediately after graduation, she began her life of caring for others as a CNA and caregiver. She took her love for God very seriously and after moving to Chicago in 1955 she ventured in search of a church home. She joined a gospel singing group called the Stars of Harmony. They recorded an album and Virginia sang lead on the song “Come On Jesus, See About Me”. While living in Chicago, Virginia met Larry O’Felton Keese, who preceded her in death. To this union, her lovely daughter Kimberly was born. Under Larry’s guidance, Virginia developed an entrepreneurial spirit, eventually owning several restaurants and other businesses in the community at a young age for many years. As a single mom, homeowner, and business owner, Virginia remained a devout Christian all her life. Virginia was family oriented, hardworking, diligent, and dependable, and tried her best to be everyone’s friend. Always ready to humbly use her blessings in the service of others, this woman of God inspired countless individuals, young and old, to believe in the power of prayer. She used her life to be a shining example of what was possible with faith in God. Virginia departed from this life into eternity on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 12:34 AM. She passed away at home with her daughter, Kim, at her side. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Bobbie Jean O’Quinn, Alma Lee Gardner, Lou Helen Yarbrough-Danfort, and Irma Yarbrough-Dawson, and her brothers, Smittie Smith, Roosevelt Yarbrough, Charles “T-Wee” Yarbrough, Milton Yarbrough, John Lee Yarbrough, Spencer Yarbrough, Jimmie Yarbrough, and Homer Yarbrough. She leaves to cherish her memory: one daughter, Kimberly YarbroughMardice; her granddaughter, Cynthia Michelle Hughes; great-grandson, Camron Christopher Campbell; sisters, Margaret Davidson and Annie Lee Staples; brother, Elmo Yarbrough; a host of nieces and nephews; and lots of friends.
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