Sarah Reynolds Branch, 84, of Big Island, passed away on Sept. 20, 2013 at Oakwood Health and Rehab in Bedford. She was born on July 2, 1929, a daughter of the late Raymond Earl Reynolds and Beulah Beatrice Manley Reynolds. In addition to her parents Sarah was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elmer â€œJackâ€ Nelson Branch; and a brother, Garvis Musgrave Reynolds. Sarah was a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church. She loved her church and spending time with her family. Sarah is survived by a sister; Mary N. Howell of Bedford; her two daughters, Shelby B. Byers and her husband, Frank and Sheila B. Turpin and her husband, Dennis, all of Big Island; five grandchildren, Marsha Morris and her husband, Chris, Monica Falls and her husband, Dustin, Matthew Byers and his wife, Davannah, Lindsey Nichols and her husband, Johnathan and D.J. Turpin; eight great-grandchildren, Dakota, Faith, Logan, Austin, Caroline, Emmy, Natalie and Colton; also numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Hunting Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 15455 Big Island Highway, Big Island, VA 24526 or The American Alzheimerâ€™s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901. The Family would like to send a very special Thank You to the wonderful staff of Oakwood Manor Health & Rehab for the love and compassion given to Sarah over the past several years. A celebration of Sarahâ€™s life was conducted at 11 am on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Carey Snellings officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. 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 Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2013