MT. PLEASANT Virginia Eury Foil passed away surrounded by her three children in the late afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. A celebration of life service will be held at St. James Reformed Church, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Foil family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Gordon Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant, 8559 Cook St. in Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Foil was born March 20, 1927, in Concord, the daughter of Franklin Alexander and Dorothy Hudspeth Eury. Mrs. Foil graduated from Kings Business College and worked in Charlotte as a stenographer as well as working at Cannon Mills in Concord prior to the early years of her marriage to John Alexander Foil. Mrs. Foil was preceded in death by her husband, John Alexander Foil, in 1992, as well as her older son, John Alexander Foil Jr., in 1999. She is survived by three children, William "Bill" Eugene Foil of Mt. Pleasant, Dorothy Foil Shillinglaw and husband, Rick Shillinglaw, of Mt. Pleasant, N. Joanne Foil and husband, Jim Clayton, of Chapel Hill; three granddaughters, Dorothy Clayton O'Neill and husband, Bret O'Neill, of Hillsborough, Stacy Shillinglaw Swanson and husband, Clint Swanson, of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Angela Clayton Bartles and husband, Andrew Bartles, of Des Moines, Wash., and eight great-grandchildren, James A. Clayton, Jason, John and Kathryn Pattison, Abigail O'Neill, Hollis and Ellie Swanson, and Olivia Bartles. Mrs. Foil spent her lifetime working with her husband and sons to build Foil Farms in Mt. Pleasant. For 46 years she operated a dairy farm transitioning to beef cattle in 1986. Over the years Mrs. Foil has received various honors including being named Cabarrus County Outstanding Woman in Agriculture and 1994 Farm Family of the Year. She has been featured in at least four newspaper articles, as well as Our State magazine, showcasing her many years of farming and has received a letter of accommodation from the United States Army, The Men of the Northfield Team, Delta Company for her donating the use of her farmlands for Green Beret training. Mrs. Foil was a long-time member of Saint James Reform Church. She was well known and well respected in the Mt. Pleasant community as a veteran farmer and an expert in the raising, management and treatment of cows. Mrs. Foil was the author of two books, "Surviving the Depression, The Story of Franklin Alexander and Dorothy Hudspeth Eury," published in 2011 and "Looking Back, The Story of John Alexander and Virginia Eury Foil and Foil Farms," published by her in 2018. She wrote a third book featuring the histories of the Eury, Hudspeth and Blake families which will be published posthumously. In addition to farming and writing, Mrs. Foil enjoyed exploring her family history, gardening, her dogs and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed her 2018 trip at 91, to Seattle, Wash., for her granddaughter's wedding. She was proud to say that she had been able to dance to her favorite song, "Will You Call Me Sweetheart" at each of her granddaughters' weddings. Her parting thoughts as stated in her book "Looking Back" were, "I hope my grandchildren have learned, and that my great-grandchildren will learn to appreciate the farmer who feeds us. When you go to into the supermarkets and see all the beautiful food, think and say a little prayer of thanksgiving for a farmer. It takes a lot of know-how and hard work. I hope they will appreciate the animals, both big and small. Every animal from a hound dog, to a beautiful cow has a right to be treated humanely. They all respond to kindness. "I hope that in remembrance of Johnny, you will learn to do what you can to take care of the environment. We all need clean water and fresh air to breathe. We need to leave the earth better than we found it. "Lastly, I hope you will treat your fellow man kindly. There is no room in the world for hateful spirit. People, like animals, respond to a loving spirit. Do a kind deed when you can, as often as you can." Gordon Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is serving the Foil family. Condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralhome.com.

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Elizabeth Roscoe

I didn't know Mrs Foil, but reading her obituary I see she was an honorable Lady that we all would have been grateful to have known. Her wonderful sense of kindness to animals & their innocent beings is such a tribute to all of God's creatures, great & small. My hope & prayer for the soul of this dear Lady is that her spirit of love & kindness will live on through others who share her loving spirit for God's creatures, making sure that they receive the basic food & love that is given to all His children in this life.

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