Karen Elizabeth (Russell) English, 63, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 following a lengthy illness at her home in Hardy. Karen was the daughter of the late William Withers â€œLukeâ€ and Alma Keith (Harvey) Russell. She was born Aug. 11, 1950 in Campbell County, and was the devoted wife of Thomas F. English, Jr. of Bedford. Karen was a 1968 graduate of Brookville High School in Campbell County. She also attended Radford College in Radford, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 1969, Karen met and married Tom English with whom she shared forty-one and one-half years before his death in 2011. They were members of Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian. Karen was proud to have been employed by Blue Bell, Inc. of Greensboro, NC and for Reynolds Metals Company and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va. She is survived by her beloved sister, Mary Jane Russell of Hardy; a much-loved aunt, Nancy (Harvey) Floyd of Lynchburg; and, two cousins, Thomas Reeves Floyd of Salem, and Cynthia (Floyd) Page of Harrisonburg. Both Karen and Tom were avid Railfans, and members of the Norfolk & Western and the Louisville & Nashville Historical Societies, and the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to: The Fire Up 611 Campaign of the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke; or The Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg. You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too lateâ€"Ralph Waldo Emerson. A Memorial service was held at Tharp Funeral Home Chapel, Bedford at 2 pm on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2012 with the Rev. Dr. David L. Henderson officiating. To send condolences online please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, (540)-586-3443.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2014