Alice Jane Workman Tomblin of Louisa, Ky, formerly of Branchland, WV passed away from this life into her heavenly home on Tuesday April 9, 2019.
Alice was born January 16, 1943 to the late Cecil Workman and Ruby Dare Workman Hill of Harts, WV. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband Jesse W. Tomblin of Branchland, WV; two brothers Palmer and Charolett Workman of Chicago, Ill and Raymond Workman of Midkiff, WV; son-in-law Willis Fraley and stepdad Ira Hill.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving and faithful companion of 20 years Bill Isner of Hurricane, WV; two daughters, Erica and Tim Parsons Louisa, Ky, Gaylene Fraley of Pleasant View, WV; one son Dareck and Amy Tomblin of Branchland, WV; grandchildren, Brandon and Keisha Parsons of Herrin, Ill, Shea and Justin Moore of Louisa, Ky, Breanna and William Setliff of Milton, WV, Colt and Kelsie Tomblin of Branchland, WV, Emma Dial, Kelly Dial, Curry and Sasha Dial all of Branchland, WV, Shawn and Jennifer Fraley of West Hamlin, WV; great grandchildren, Lily May and Elin Alice Parsons, Ruby Dare, Sutton Jane and Vivi Lynn Moore, Harper Jayne Setliff, Greyson Issac and Maverick Denver Dial, Jordan Faith, Cameron Grace and Shannon Hope Fraley; her wonderful friend and caregiver, whom she loved like a daughter, Robin Strickland of Louisa, Ky.; sister-in-law Karen Workman Bichard; several nieces and nephews, family and friends too numerous to list.
Alice was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist and also attended Louisa Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Harts High School, Harts, WV. She also studied at the Jefferson School of Commerce in Charlottesville, Va and is Licensed Social Worker in WV.
In the spring of 1968, Alice, answered an ad for employment at Lincoln County Opportunity Company where she would become an Outreach Coordinator. Alice told her family that this job would help with Christmas for her children. However, this soon became her career. In the beginning, she worked in a Community Center that was geared toward the low-income residents of Lincoln County. At this time, each Center was responsible for their operations. Fundraisers were ongoing to take care of essentials such as building rent, utilities and daily operations.
In the early 1970’s, Alice was named as the new Executive Director of Lincoln County Opportunity Company, thus beginning what is known as her legacy.
The nutrition program that was formerly handled by Southwestern Community Action Council acquired state funding which allowed each county to start handling the program themselves. The Community Centers were renamed Multi-Purpose Senior Centers and programs geared toward seniors started picking up.
Through the 1980’s, Alice was known to walk the halls of the capitol making the need for funding to operate senior services known to Legislators, Delegates and Senators. It didn’t take long for them to recognize her name for she was a fierce advocate on behalf of Lincoln County’s seniors.
In the mid 1990’s, Alice broke ground on a new building to house her Central Office and Hamlin Senior Center. This building was paid for with a majority of funds from income acquired through dedication and determination.