MOUNT AIRY — Mrs. Earnestine Nola Cassell Venable, 81, of Mount Airy, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. She was born in Surry County on June 24, 1931, to the late Samuel and Luna Atkins Cassell. Mrs. Venable was a homemaker and was a member of Blackwater United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Roby Roscoe Venable of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Ken Hatcher of Mount Airy; four sons and daughters-in-law, Mickey and Alice Venable, Michael and Phyllis Venable and Milo Venable, all of Mount Airy, and Mitchell and Jane Leigh Venable of Ararat; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Inez and Donald Hutson, Lena Tuttle, Wanda Atkins, Jewell Hutson, Shelby and Harvey Sawyers, all of Mount Airy, Alene and Buddy Cockerham of Lowgap and Lavern and Ricky Bruner of Ararat; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Mac and Joann Cassell and Wayne Cassell, all of Mount Airy, and Charles Cassell of Dobson. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Venable was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Dale Venable and James Hungerford; a sister, Mildred Spencer Sawyers; a brother, Junior Ellis Cassell; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Atkins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Blackwater United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ted Turman, the Rev. Ray Hutson and the Rev. Mac Cassell officiating. Burial will follow in Blackwater United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017. The family would like to give a special thank you to the nurses in the ICU at Northern Hospital and the staff of the Woltz Hospice home for their love and care given to their mother during her illness. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.