Obituaries

Surface, Rockla “Rockie” T.

Rockla (Rockie) Thompson Surface of New Castle went to be with her Lord on Nov. 14, 2009 at the age of 70, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Ruth Thompson, and her husband Shelburne A. (Sonny) Surface.

She is survived by her children Tommy Surface and wife Nancy, Cherie Absalom and husband David, and Mark Surface and wife Tracy; grandchildren Sean Huffman, Stephanie Absalom, Sonny Absalom, Christine Surface, Matthew Surface, and Elizabeth Surface; brother Ned Thompson and wife Betty of Columbus, Ohio, and brother Rob Thompson and wife Mary of Charlotte, N.C.; brother-in-law Jim Surface and wife Judy of Johnson City, Tenn.; and many nephews and nieces.

Rockie was a talented musician and vocalist who shared her talents with Miss Mona’s School of Dance for many years, taught piano lessons in her home, and played piano and sang for the New Castle Christian Church Choir.

She enjoyed gardening, needlework, her many cats, and walking in the woods with her special friend, Millie Snider.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Dr. Ernie Johnson officiating.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Roanoke Valley SPCA.

Arrangements by Paitsel Funeral Home.

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