Michael R. "Beba" Schmid, 78, of Independence, died Sept. 18, 2012, at the Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C.
He was born May 18, 1934, at Geneva, Switzerland to Robert Schmid and Hilda Aurora Forsberg.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. Schmid of the home; two daughters and a spouse, Elizabeth Schmid and Susan and Gary Mitchell of Independence; son, Robert Glenn Schmid and fiancée, Erin Lucas of Miami, Fla.; two sisters and a spouse, Lynette and Per Courtney of Green Bend, Vt., and Carol Schminke of Hardwick, Vt.; one brother and spouse, Max and Annemarie Schmidt, New York City; and three grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Bridle Creek United Methodist Church, Independence with Pastor Faith Ramer officiating. Interment will follow in Bridle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour preceding the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Grayson County Back Pack Ministry, c/o Linda Boyer, 1048 Riding Trail Road, Independence, Va. 24348 or Lambs Table, c/o First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 219, Independence, Va. 24348 or Bridle Creek United Methodist Church, 15 Bridle Creek Road, Independence, Va. 24348.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, is serving the family.