Rockingham & Stokes Counties NC
P.O. Box 152
Mayodan, North Carolina 27027-0152
New Library is now open:
Madison-Mayodan Public Library
611 Burton Street
Madison, NC 27025
Mon/Thu 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tue/Wed/Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed on Sundays
Linda Vernon Genealogy Room
Computers with internet access and Microsoft Office
Children’s area and teen corner
Weekly story times for children
Color copier and fax service
Wireless internet access
MAYODAN – Mary “Linda” Cardwell Vernon, 81, died Thursday, July 21, 2016, at home.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Colonial Funeral Home with a
memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Vernon was born June 20, 1935, in Rockingham County, to the late James Legrand Cardwell and Kate
Louise Baughn Cardwell. She was the owner of Layne’s Dress Shop, a member of DAR for 44 years, a
charter member of Madison-Mayodan Greys United Daughters of the Confederacy, and a member of the
Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties. Linda was instrumental in compiling and
publishing twenty-five books containing census, Bible and cemetery records for Rockingham and Stokes
counties. The Genealogical Room of the Madison-Mayodan Public Library was named in her honor. She
was especially proud of the fact that she was a direct descendent of former Governor Alexander Martin of
Rockingham County. Mrs. Vernon was devoted to the Madison and Mayodan communities.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sons, William Legrand Vernon and Timothy Grant
Vernon and half sister, Mildred Case Helms.
Survivors include her beloved husband of 63 years, Landon Vernon; half brother, James L. “Bud” Layne, of
Glasgow, KY, and half sister, Kathy Layne Davis, of Asheboro.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rockingham County, PO Box 281, Wentworth, NC 27375.
Colonial Funeral Home in Madison is serving the family.
It is with great saddness we announce the pasting of our society founder, Linda Vernon. It
was her vision that started a small group of genealogy researchers to organize and
develop into a society in 1993.
She helped many researchers over the years find leads into their heritage. She will so
greatly missed by us all, her wisdom unmatched.
In a personal note:
In what ended up being my last email to her, only days before her death, in part I wrote:
I know for years to come your endless hours of research and the gathering of cemetery
tombstone information will never be in vein. God has blessed every step you have made
over the many years of tracing the families across Rockingham & Stokes Counties and I am
proud to call you a dear and special friend.