Virginia C. Quarles Clinton Virginia Cooper Quarles died on October 13, 2016, in Clinton, MS. Born on September 1, 1915, she lived a long, full life. The daughter of a baptist minister, William Richard Cooper, and his wife, Ruby Elizabeth Myers Cooper, she was raised in the Mississippi Delta and Tylertown, MS. Mrs. Quarles was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Chester Lew Quarles, former executive director of Mississippi Baptist Convention Board; son, Dr. Chester Leland Quarles, former professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Mississippi and her seven siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Virginia Quarles and Grace Elaine Quarles; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Denham Quarles; seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Quarles taught mathematics in south Mississippi. She was very active in support of her husband and his calling. Later in life she devoted herself to her church, was a substitute teacher in special education and taught elementary school. The last years of her working life were spent as a beloved teacher of English at Mississippi College. In the course of her life, she traveled to 37 different countries. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Clinton where she taught Sunday School, participated in the WMU, Sr. Adult choir and Sr. Bellringers. Mrs. Quarles was a deeply devoted christian woman, teaching Sunday School for over 80 years. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Lakewood Funeral Home from 10 to 11 am. Funeral services will be at 11 am with burial to follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.
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