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Obituaries

  • Ronald L. Browne, Bedford

    Ronald Larry Browne, 80, of Bedford died May 26, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn D. Browne, his children, RonlynL. Browne and Bonny Lynn Browne, grandchildren, Sarah B. Durham (Samuel), Brooke N. Browne, Cheyenne Browne Smith, Lilly Browne Smith, Faith Browne, Nicholas Browne-Price, Natalie Browne-Price and Noah Browne-Price, and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 1534 Link Rd, Bedford. Friends may call the funeral home after 12 noon Friday for viewing.

  • Charles A. Wood, 64, Bedford

    Charles A. Wood, 64, of Bedford, passed away on Fri., May 25, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital as a result of injuries from an auto accident. He was the son of the late Charles Ira and Ruby Rice Wood. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Mack E. Wood; brother-in-law, Clarence L. Brookshier; sister-in-law, Barbara S. Wood; niece, Vicky W. Harris and his father-in-law, Paul Waddell.

  • Jewel M. Markham, 66, Forest

    Jewel Lee Martin Markham, 66, of Forest, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at her residence. She was born Nov. 16, 1945 in Bedford, a daughter of the late Ethlene Nichols Martin and Warren Thomas Martin.
    Jewel was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. She loved her family especially her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren and loved attending their sporting events. She was also an artist. Jewel enjoyed vacationing at Emerald Isle, NC and was a huge VT Hokie football fan.

  • Lillian B. Thomas, Bedford

    Lillian Brown Thomas, 71, of Bedford, passed away on May 27, 2012 of natural causes. She was the wife of the late Henry Thomas. She is survived by her children, Rodney Thomas, Thelma Ragland, Gloria Lindsay, and Reggie Thomas. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Fri., June 1, 2012 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Bedford Funeral Home.

  • Thomas E. Evans, Sr., 85, Bedford

    Thomas Eugene Evans, Sr., 85, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born in Galax on April 3, 1927. A son of the late William D. Evans and Beulah Wilkes Evans. In addition to his parents Thomas was preceded in death by three brothers, William Evans, James Evans and Don Evans; one sister, Mildred Lee; and one grandson, Tyler Holbrook.
    Thomas served our country in the United States Navy during WWII. He loved animals, classic country music, and watching western movies. Most of all he loved his children and grandchildren.

  • James W. Gregg, 89, Roanoke

        James Wallace Gregg, 89, of Roanoke and formerly of Bedford, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Friendship Health and Rehabilitation. Born Feb. 7, 1923 in Richmond; he was a son of the late Robert H. Gregg and Eunice Lankford Gregg.
        James was a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church and a former employee of Piedmont Label. James was a proud veteran having served this country in the United States Navy. He loved woodworking and furniture. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion.

  • Beatrice H. Dowdy, 60, Bedford

        Beatrice Hofman Dowdy, 60 of Bedford, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012.
        Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston.  

  • Elizabeth O. Baird, Fairfax

        Elizabeth Rucker Overstreet Baird, formerly of Bedford and longtime resident of Fairfax, passed away May 17, 2012 at the age of 101 at Fairfax Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Alfred Baird and three brothers, all of Bedford.
        She is survived by five children, A.C., Eleanor, David, Samuel and Margaret and their spouses; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and numerous loved relatives and friends.

  • Irene H. Spinner, 97, Bedford

        Irene H. Spinner, 97, of Bedford died May 12, 2012 at Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was born July 2, 1914 to the late Warren and Lettie Jones Harris and the wife of the late William Monroe Spinner.
        She is survived by four sons, Leroy Spinner, Howard Spinner, James Spinner, and Bobby Spinner.
        Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Mt. Rock Baptist Church, Goode. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 
        Arrangements by Bedford Funeral Home.

  • William E. Mayhew, 70, Rustburg

        William Elzar Mayhew, 70 of Rustburg, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at his residence. He was a son of the late William Harry Mayhew and Nora Lee Burnette Mayhew.
        He is survived by his son, William E. Mayhew, Jr., two daughters, Susan Annette Mayhew, Kimberly M. Barksdale.
        Graveside Services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 1 PM at Morgans Baptist Church Cemetery.
        Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston.