Sonja Gail Mayhew Shelton

Sonja Gail Mayhew Shelton, 67, of 908 7th Street, Altavista went to her heavenly home on Friday, July 3, 2020, at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. 

She was born May 4, 1953, in Altavista, a daughter of the late Virgil Motley Mayhew, Sr. and Delores Keesee “Tootie” Mayhew. She was a hairstylist that enjoyed canning, crocheting, crafts and loved her grandchildren who fondly called her “Granny Gail”.

She is survived by two daughters, Amanda Royer (Kenneth Thacker) of Altavista and Melinda Bennett (Earl Robertson) of Hurt; one brother, Virgil Motley Mayhew, Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; one sister, JoEllen Mayhew Venckus of Long Island, Va.; and four grandchildren, Casey Marie Shelton, Emily Brooke Gibson, Taylor Elizabeth Nichols and Katelyn Marie Bennett.          

A memorial service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Finch & Finch Chapel, Altavista by Pastor W.L. Pillow.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider the Alzheimer's Association, 355 Rio Road West, Suite 102, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or the American Cancer Society, 2050 Langhorne Rd., Ste. 201, Lynchburg, VA 24501.

Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista is in charge of arrangements.

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