Shirley Edna Broughman Lodge, 97, of Bedford, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Bedford. Born June 5, 1915, on Short Hill in Botetourt County, she was the daughter of the late Cottie Houston Smith Broughman and Ryan Hart Broughman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Claude Alexander Coffey and Wayland Benjamin Lodge; four brothers, Cedric Broughman, Robert Edwards, Thomas Edwards and Frank Edwards; and a sister, Dillis Edwards Stokart. Shirley was the oldest living member of Thaxton Baptist Church. As a young woman, she was employed at â€œThe Silk Millâ€ in Bedford and retired from Rubatex with 28 years of service. She was a nature lover and a collector of Native American artifacts. She proudly voted Democratic in every presidential election, including 2012, except for once when she voted for wartime General, Dwight D. Eisenhower. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Coffey Crunkleton of Bedford; a son, Dannie A. Coffey of Big Island; a stepson, Randy Lodge and wife, Betty, of Bedford; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Edith Lugar of Thaxton; a brother, Roderic Edwards of Bedford; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Shirleyâ€™s life took place Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the chapel, with Rev. Randy C. Krantz officiating. Interment will follow in Thaxton Baptist Church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Thaxton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 32, Thaxton, VA 24174 or the charity of your choice. To send online condolences, 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. 27 to Feb. 28, 2013