Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 13, 2010

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” – II Timothy 4:7.
The Lord welcomed into His eternally loving arms our beloved mother and best friend, Ethel Virginia Stapf, 90, of South Point, June 10, 2010.
Ethel was born in Red Jacket, W.Va., to the late Sidney and Beatrice Ayers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Melvin B. Stapf and Lester E. Akers, and her brother, Ernest “Bud” Ayers.
She is survived by her five children, Kathy Virginia Stapf of Worthington, Ky., Elizabeth Akers Burcham of Roseville, Calif., Carolyn Akers of West Jefferson, Mary Akers Endsley and her husband, Larry of Proctorville, and Lester Akers, Jr., and his wife, Kathy of Austin, Colo. Ethel’s sweet demeanor and love for others as well as a lifelong passion and gift for needlework are treasured memories for all who knew her.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Chesapeake Christian Church, 210 Second Ave., Chesapeake, with Minister Wayne McDonald officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 11 a.m.- to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Ironton. Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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