Russell Lowell Deeds

  • Born: June 16, 1929
  • Died: July 18, 2016
  • Location: Narrows, Virginia

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Lowell Deeds

Russell Lowell Deeds, 87, died peacefully Monday, July 18th, 2016 in Southaven, Mississippi.

He was born on June 16th, 1929 in Richwood, West Virginia, the only child of the late Russie and Pauline Caines Deeds. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jean Broyles Deeds.

Lowell moved to Pearisburg, Virginia at the age of 12, graduating from Pearisburg High School in 1946. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows for 67 years. During those years, he served as deacon, church treasurer, on the financial committee, permanent fund committee and in the Christian Men's Fellowship. He and his wife, Jean were co-owners of the B&B Stores in Narrows and Pearisburg. Lowell grew up working in the B&B Stores, first working with his father and uncle, then eventually becoming manager, and then owner. The B&B Store was a wonderful part of the Deeds family life. He was a member of both the Narrows and Pearisburg Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Lions Club for many years. Lowell was a member of the Giles Country Club for many years where enjoyed many rounds of golf with his friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his four daughters, Pamela Booth (Phillip), Patricia Thompson (Phillip), all of Southaven, Mississippi, Sheri Bush (Jim) of Newton, New Hampshire, and Dawn Coleman (Brian) of Denver, Colorado. Known as "Pawpaw," he will be greatly missed by his nine grandchildren, Eric Thompson of Dickson, Tennessee, Ryan Booth of Wheaton, Illinois, Natasha Thompson Parlier of Boomer, North Carolina, Melissa Booth Bitsky of Plainfield, Illinois, Lori Booth Mayer of Frisco, Texas, Dori and James Bush of Newton, New Hampshire, and Owen and Grace Coleman of Denver, Colorado; and thirteen great-grandchildren who affectionately called him "Papa D."

As an only child, he was happy to become a member of the large Broyles family. By marrying Jean, he was blessed with two brothers, six sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Lowell loved his church, his family and the beautiful mountains that surrounded his home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at 2 PM at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 605 Memorial Boulevard in Narrows with Rev. Jim McDaniel officiating. Entombment will follow in Birchlawn Abbey in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at First Christian Church Sunday from 1 PM until just prior to the service. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); P.O. Box 441; Narrows, VA 24124.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

With long-ago memories and my deepest sympathy to the family . . .
Sue (Homiak) Davis

Posted by Susan Davis - Houston Area, TX   July 24, 2016

I have many fond memories as a child who spent much time at the Narrows B & B. I remember seeing Mr. and Mrs. Deeds working in the back office of the store. My deepest and sincere condolences to the Deeds sisters.

Posted by Elaine Musick - Narrows, VA - Classmate   July 24, 2016

Thoughts and prayers for each and everyone!

Posted by Alice Stewart    July 23, 2016

As with Pap Paw & Russie, I thought Lowell would make it into his 9th decade. So thankful that he was with you guys and surrounded by love these past few years. You were a faithful family.

When I was in the 5th grade at the old "sheep barn" I will always remember seeing Lowell walking Jean to school before that got married. She would get off the school bus in front of the B & B and he would walk with her the rest of the way. Really sweet and romantic.

I am here and I am with you.

Posted by Ronnie Bromley - Asheville, NC - Family   July 23, 2016

My friendship with "Peachy" (now I am unaware of the origin of this nickname) started not long after the Deeds family moved to Pearisburg...Our family lived at the top of Bunker Hill just down from the new water reservoir, which was only about 3 blocks from the Deeds house...My late older sister Christine was in the same grade with Lowell...The major thing that I remember about Lowell was how great he could whistle...We knew exactly the time when he walked from the drug store (where PHS students gathered at night) back to his home...His characteristic whistle pierced the night air...I delivered the Roanoke Times to the Deeds family for six years...While in high school, I worked part time with B&B Stores along with the entire Deeds family...After high school, I worked full time with B&B and transferred to the then new Narrows B&B to help Lowell arrange the counters and do the initial stocking (then back to the Pearisburg store)...I left B&B in 1951 so I could ride the USS Endicott (DMS-35) while it swept mines off the coast of North Korea for two years and then I rode two other minesweepers until 1955...Before & after I married Betty Tabor of Narrows in 1959, Betty and I attended First Christian Church with Lowell and his family...Then Betty and I moved to Morgantown, WV in 1961...Lowell had to be one of the most level headed friends that I have ever had...There was never any static between us, only a few jokes & a lot of laughter...May his soul rest in peace...

Posted by Terry ("Shaky") Davis - Auburn, AL - Friend   July 22, 2016

I will always remember our family visits to Narrows and many discussions with Lowell about life, business, polictics and more. I am proud to have known him and the entire family during my years as part of the Shrader family who I still hold dear to my heart and my son's heart.

Posted by Ron Smith - Woodbridge, VA - Family   July 22, 2016

Just now seeing that my longtime friend since my childhood has now left us. His family, whom I have loved so very much, especially my classmate and very special friend Sherri. I am so very sorry for you, the family, for I know how you loved your always smiling, joyful, playful and loving father. I know how this will be such a void and how also you are again reminded of the pain when you lost your wonderful mom. But I also know each of you and how you each will remember and enjoy holding onto ALL the many wonderful fun memories and stories that your dad has left with you- which are MANY and of course HILARIOUS. I want you all to know how very deeply sorry I am that they both are no longer with us, but I know you will carry on their many laughs and joys they instilled into you. They would have had it no other way! Certainly know I am thinking of each of you at this time. Call anytime for anything if you need me. Again, I am sorry for your loss of your father.

Posted by Barry Evans - Pearisburg, VA - Friend   July 22, 2016


As classmates and childhood friends with Pam & Patty, we were very fortunate to spend time with Mr. & Mrs. Deeds. Both were very beautiful wonderful people.
We are sending our condolences to the Deed's Family.
God bless you at this very sad time.

Posted by Steve & Elizabeth Reed - Raleigh, NC - Friend   July 21, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Alton & Drema Thompson - Narrows, VA   July 21, 2016

Pam and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I remember when we were kids going to the B&B. I loved the candy counter. Enjoyed going there after becoming an adult. Lots of memories of the store and your Dad and Mom. Love Donna

Posted by Donna Bratton - Ripplemead, VA   July 21, 2016

My wife and i were saddened to learn of the passing of your father. I have a lot of memories of your father and mother, particularly when they operated the B and B store. I really enjoyed our visit last week but i hated to hear of your father's declining health. Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. We have been touched with personal loss in the past so we know what you are going through.

Posted by gary hager - narrows, VA - Friend   July 21, 2016

You are in my thoughts and prayerswbtIJ

Posted by Patty Ballengee - Peterstown, WV - Acquaintance   July 21, 2016

I am so sorry to hear the sad news of your father. Mom and i really enjoyed there friendship over the years. He will be truly missed. If there is anything i can do please let me know.
Tony Conley

Posted by Michael A Conley conley - narrows, VA - Friend   July 21, 2016