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The celebration of her legacy will be on Saturday February 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and Service of comfort by Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg.
The family will receive friends Friday, February 19, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Wanna Mae Hamler Royal
October 27th, 1948- February 10th,2021

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides”

Celebrated for warm and compassionate caring and giving, Mrs. Wanna Royal, our treasured Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, sister, aunt, comrade and friend, transitioned to her heavenly home at her residence on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Her transition, following a lengthy illness, was supported by a loving family and marked by peace and comfort.

Affectionately known as “Mae Mae,” Wanna was distinguished for her many close friendships, cultivated over many years; her special love and care for family; her gracious giving to all; her warm smile and caring touch, and her desire to do God’s will. As a proud graduate of Campbell County High School, Wanna maintained special relationships with many classmates through the years despite any separation by distance.

Distinguished by her warm smile, gentle demeanor and dry wit, Wanna was a quiet and low-keyed person, who could be a ball of fire when pushed to her limits. A gentle, refined and proud lady, she opened her heart to all. Appreciated for her unconditional love and for loving no matter what, she always showed love in ways that made people feel valued and cherished. Her special love of family was reflected in so many ways, including the family Sunday dinners, and other established family activities. With one special friend for many years, she was also known to spend a portion of each day conversing via telephone on the events of the day.

Following many years of distinguished service with the Wells Fargo Bank and Beacon Credit Union, she retired to a leisurely life of fun with family and friends.

Wanna had a very special life that offered her treasured memories and valued experiences. She shared much and enjoyed immensely her years of service to mankind.  As a devote member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, she served for years as Financial Secretary and member of the usher ministry. She was especially recognized and appreciated for her yearly leadership of the Vacation Bible School Program. This program gained recognition based on the success of coordinating local churches and staff, and attracting a wide range of participants and support personnel throughout the community.

In addition to her spiritual contributions, with her warm and vibrant personality, she was the consummate lover of a wide range of music including Kenny G, The Rance Allen Group, and Barbara Streisand.

Born in Campbell County, to the late Henry and Ida Hamler, Wanna Mae leaves us with a legacy of love, compassion and caring. We have been richly blessed by our relationships with her; we have found great joy in the years of yesterday, and we will forever cherish our time with her. At the end of a full and valued life, God has smiled from His Golden Throne and welcomed her home. She leaves treasured memories to a special circle of family that include her husband of 50 years, Russell Royal;. daughter Rochelle Spinner (Richard); Three Grandsons Geoffrey Royal (Tiersha), Kristofer Spinner, and Jaylen Spinner; Two Great Grand Children Tiana Royal and Geofferson Royal; Brothers Henry Hamler, Jr. (Cassandra) and Ronald Hamler; sisters and brother in laws, nieces, nephews, special cousins special caretakers, and a community of many other loving relatives and friends.

God strengthened her; He soothed her; wrapped her in His infinite love and showered her with blessings too numerous to count, and too magnificent to describe. She was loved, admired and continually gave to others. During years of a progressive illness, Wanna always expressed appreciation for life and for the ability to share with all the joys of a happy, full and beautiful life.

We are grateful for her life
and we know that tomorrows will start without her.
Yet, because of her absolute love of life and unselfish giving,
every time we think of her,
we know that she is right here in our lives and
will forever live in the hearts of all of us.

The celebration of her legacy will be on Saturday February 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and Service of comfort by Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. The family will receive friends Friday, February 19, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg.

Those who wish to make special gifts in her memory may do so by donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
Gale

Posted on:
March 30, 2021

There are some you remember from childhood and when you think of them, their smile always warms your heart. For those who knew, cared and loved her beautiful soul... The space she leaves behind can never be filled. But she leaves behind a Legacy of Love and Light in each of us, sparks of joy and hope that lives in our hearts and give strength to our souls. I’m thankful for the remembrance of such a wonderful, beautiful and caring soul. May you be touched by the healing power of prayer, feel the warmth and support of those who love you, and realize that you have the courage to carry on. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) My thoughts and prayers are with you, In deepest sympathy, Gale (Niece of Nannie & Buck Megginson)

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Jane Sublett

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March 14, 2021

Oh my baby, Rochelle, I am so sorry for your loss of your precious mother. As you know, I said " the long goodbye" to my mama, The day I met you, I loved you, and I'm so proud to call you my friend. Someday soo I will come in the Kroger and see you face to face, but, until then, know that I am thinking of you and understand your loss. Love, Jane

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Cleotha Freeman

Posted on:
February 20, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about Wanna Mae. I'm thinking of you and the family and praying for peace and comfort during your time of sorrow. May God continue to bless you that you will continue to grow inHis grace. Love always.

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Vernessa Harvey

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February 20, 2021

May God continue to be with you! I am sorry for your loss! I remember Wanda's beautiful smile and gentle nature.

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Cassandra

Posted on:
February 20, 2021

Wanna will be missed. Always a lady that remembered special events and holidays for relatives and friends. She would always send a card or make a call. She was a very caring soul with a big heart.

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rorald hamler

Posted on:
February 20, 2021

My sister was truly non-confrontational. Not a mean bone in her body.

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Robert and Tracey Tyler

Posted on:
February 20, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We pray that you all find peace and comfort in the Lord.

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Deborah Jones

Posted on:
February 19, 2021

Sorry to hear about Wanna Mae. Jonathan, Jasmine and myself extend our sympathy to the family. We love all of you and hope God will help you endure this difficult time.

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Deborah Jones

Posted on:
February 19, 2021

Sorry to hear about Wanna Mae. Jonathan, Jasmine and myself extend our sympathy to the family. We love all of you and hope God will help you endure this difficult time.

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Nathaniel Wood

Posted on:
February 19, 2021

Our Condolences to the Russell and Wanna Mae Royal Family .

Posted by:
jackie hamler& jean johnson

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February 19, 2021

we loved you very much and will miss you dearly. memories of love and friendships are treasures to carry with you always. your loving cousins, jackie hamler taliaferro & jean hubbard johnson

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Ronald & Joyce Coleman

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February 19, 2021

Deepest sympathy for the Royal Family

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Fannie Crider

Posted on:
February 19, 2021

Remembering Wanna Mae along with you siblings from your youth. Your Aunt Clara introduced me, David and Davida to the Hamler family. We've ever since cherished Henry, Ida and the rest of your family. Still have a picture and newspaper article of when Wanna Mae graduated Phillip's Business College, remember hers and Russell's wedding. Though saddened to hear of her passing, it has brought back such wonderful memories. Praying for comfort for both, the Hamler and Royal families . Love & Blessings, Fannie Spinner Crider and Family

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Henry Hamler

Posted on:
February 18, 2021

I will miss my dear sister Wanna. We were always very close. She affectionately called me “Boo,”and I always referred to her as my favorite sister, “Wanna Mae.” I will forever remember her warm smile. Henry Hamler

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Doris Haskins-Lewis

Posted on:
February 18, 2021

Wanna Mae, Mae Mae her lovely smile an angel, we will miss her, we were bless to have known her. Sincere Sympathy Doris Haskins Lewis

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Evelyn Saunders

Posted on:
February 18, 2021

Our thoughts, prayers and love are wrapped around your family. Thinking and praying for you heart to be comforted. Call if there is ANYTHING we can do. With much love, Nanette and Shameka

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Susan Krantz, Beacon Credit Union

Posted on:
February 17, 2021

Thinking of the family during your time of loss. Wanna was a wonderful person and coworker.

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Susan Krantz, Beacon Credit Union

Posted on:
February 17, 2021

Thinking of the family during your time of loss. Wanna was a wonderful person and coworker.

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Pam Calloway

Posted on:
February 16, 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of Wanna. She always had a beautiful smile whenever we ran into each other. Our deepest condolences to the family. Floyd and Pam Calloway

Posted by:
Oliver & Yaulanda Blue

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

Yaulanda and I send out heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Wanna Mae. Our lives crossed in in 1985 when I had the pleasure of hiring Wanna as an admin assistant. She was soft spoken, loving, and had a zest for life that made you feel welcomed and valued. For that I’m grateful. Peace and comfort to the entire Royal and Hamler families as you honor and celebrate her life.

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Mary Peay

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. I pray that God gives each one of you strength and guidance through these troubling times .

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Delores A Jones

Posted on:
February 15, 2021

Our deepest sympathy and sending love and condolences to the family. Wanna Mae was so sweet. We will pray for God's peace and love to surround your family and give you comfort. Gene and Deedee.

 

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