Obituary for Dorothy Joan (Sturgill) McNally

Dorothy Joan (Sturgill) McNally passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Commonwealth Assisted Living in Fairlawn, Va.  She was two days shy of reaching her 88th birthday.   She was born January 24th, 1931 in Kimball, West Virginia, to the late Walter and Clemmie Sturgill.  She graduated from Bristol Virginia High School in 1947 and Radford College in 1951, and taught elementary school in Richmond and Pulaski for over 25 years. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jane George.  Surviving family members include brother Byron Sturgill;  husband of 68 years Robert McNally; son Stephen and daughter-in-law Debra Brunson McNally; daughter Valerie and  son-in-law  Jabe Monroe; granddaughter Amanda Monroe;  two great grandchildren (Julian and Chloe), as well as several nieces and nephews.

While residing in Pulaski, Joan participated in various garden clubs and bridge clubs.  Joan and husband Bob were active members of First United Methodist Church.  Upon retirement, Joan and Bob moved to Mt. Dora, Florida in 1991.  After moving back to Roanoke in 2001, they joined and were very active with Windsor Hills United Methodist Church.

Joan loved recreational activities such as gardening and golf, but she was also passionate about teaching young students and participating in church ministries.  She always put family and friends above her own wishes.  She was the embodiment of selflessness, kindness and an eternally positive spirit.

Funeral services will be held Sunday January 27 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Pulaski, Va.  Family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 prior to services at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.   (