DANVILLE, Va.—Jeanie Strader, a 15-year associate at Goodyear, died at the Goodyear-Danville plant late last month. She was 56.
According to Goodyear, Strader sustained a fatal injury at the plant at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. Goodyear's on-site emergency response team, as well as local emergency personnel, responded immediately. All parties are cooperating in the investigation into the cause of the incident.
Goodyear said it reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and will cooperate fully with the agency.
“Our immediate priority is to provide support and assistance to Jeanie's family as well as the entire team of associates in the Danville plant as we cope with the grief of losing a teammate,” Goodyear-Danville Manufacturing Director John Romero said in a statement.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Jeanie's family, friends and co-workers.”
According to Strader's obituary on GoDanRiver.com, she worked as a windup operator and roll changer at the Goodyear Danville plant. She was a lifelong resident of Pittsylvania County, where she graduated from Dan River High School in 1977. She also attended Danville Community College and Longwood College.
She was a pianist and was a member of the Glenwood Memorial Baptist Church.
Strader is survived by her parents, James and Frances Clark; one brother, James Clark; one sister, Melanie Giles and husband, Lewis, all of Ringgold, Va.; and two nephews, Zachary Clark and Sean Clark.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Williamson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 483 Mountain Hill Road, Ringgold, VA 24586.