Brenda S. Markert, 56, loving wife and mother, of Dewitt, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, after fighting a courageous twelve-month battle with cancer. She was a member and former Sunday school teacher at Western Heights Baptist Church, Dinwiddie. Mrs. Markert was a loan officer at Bank of McKenney and a former underwriter for more than 20 years at Bank of America.

She was the daughter of the late Dell Cloud Staples. She is survived by her husband, Wallace L. Markert; two sons, Christopher M. Bishop and Robert A. Bishop of Dinwiddie; father, Horace Staples of Petersburg; sister, Nancy S. Espey and husband, George, of Tennessee; brother, Horace Allen Staples and wife, Gloria, of Dinwiddie; four grandchildren, Danika Bishop and Nick McKeever of Wendel, N.C., Kaitlyn Bishop of Raleigh, N.C., Bryon Bishop of Chesterfield; sister-in-law, Sandra M. Fox and husband, Barry; nieces, Rebekah Foley and husband, Daniel, Amy Fields and husband, Curtis; nephews, William and Ryan Fox; and two great-nephews, Caleb and Lance Fields; uncle Tommy Staples and wife, Carolyn; cousin, Lisa Staples Jones and husband, Steve, second cousin, Sydney Jones.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Western Heights Baptist Church, 24416 Cox Road, Petersburg, Va., with the Rev. Jonathan Dundalow officiating. Interment to follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George. The family will receive friends from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Western Heights Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at

Funeral Home

E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
2033 Boulevard  Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 526-3400

Published in The Progress-Index on Feb. 17, 2013