Our mom, Susan Richdale Talley Dabney (“Susannah”) was born June 4, 1941 and went to be with her Jesus on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the age of 76. Susan passed away at her home surrounded by her family following a long-term illness. She began her journey with Jesus at the age of seven and lived as His servant seeking the lost and loving the poor. Susan and her husband of 58½ years, Jack, followed Jesus together. Their trust in GOD produced a rich heritage of family who know and trust Jesus, many saints equipped for ministry, and much of the world they encountered coming to experience the love of GOD and faith in Jesus through them. Susan poured herself out wherever GOD led them from Milton, WV; Cross Lanes, WV; Virginia Beach, VA; Oklahoma City, OK; Tirana, Albania; and Bryan, TX. She served in her home, the homes of friends and family, orphanages, dumps, ministries to the poor and the homeless, inner city schools, the streets, prisons, hospitals, youth ministries, and the Church. There was no place she would not follow her Jesus.
With the presence and power of GOD, Susan often found the lost and shared the Good News of Jesus with thousands of people. It was common for us to see her hold a weeping stranger with whom she had just shared the love of Jesus. She would ask, “Have you heard the good news?” “No,” a stranger would answer. “Jesus loves you,” she would say. Her sharing produced fruits of salvation and healing on many occasions. Susan was a beautiful expression of GOD’s love for the lost. As a lover of the poor, we remember her for saying and living, “Joy is when the poor know your name.” The poor know her name. And, she knew theirs.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents Charles Earl Talley Sr. and Claire Elizabeth (Titsworth) Talley. She has a large family and each one will miss her profoundly. Her living family includes her high-school sweetheart and husband John Vincent “Jack” Dabney, her brother Charles Earl Talley Jr. (Susan). Additionally, Jack and Susannah have nine married children; Elizabeth Page (Murray), Laura Berkeley (Keith), Jenna Dalessandro (Brian), Susannah Wynn “Wyndi” Bradley (Bryan), Hannah Ayers (Kevin), Marian Coleman (Wade), Esther Kerr (Rich), Sarah Bendure (Derek), John Dabney (Helen). Jack and Susannah also have 31 grandchildren; Will (Jamie), Eli, Aaron (Michelle), Preston, Nell, Hannah (Joshua), Austin, Addison, Susannah-Katherine “Anna-Kate”, Ayden, Asa, Joshua, Christopher, Micah, Charis “Cara Beth”, Noah, Jonatan, Jacqueline, Robinson, Jonathan, James, Elizabeth, Jenna, Wyndi, Paula, Jack, Bernadette, and one grandbaby on the way; and they have two great grandchildren Gavin and Gabe.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the poor (Proverbs 19:17). Susan loved the poor deeply. It was a garment she wore with grace.
The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday February 1, 2018 at Callaway Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan. Funeral services are set for 10 am Friday, February 2 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3333 Oak Ridge Dr. in Bryan.