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“Dearest Christie & Cherie,What a precious and beloved woman your dear mother was! God blessed us all when your mother was born because she was one...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Katrina White - Salem, VA

“My heart is so sad that my dear friend (cousin) Bobbie has left us but my heart is full of praise to know that she is with our Lord and her loved...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Alice Stewart - Pearisburg, VA

“I had not had the chance to know Mrs. Martin personally, but was acquainted with her by talking with her on the telephone many times.She had a lovely...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: N. Jane Lafon - Pearisburg, VA

“our deepest sympathy to your familyat this time of your lossour prayers and thoughts are with youkenny and carolpaul and beth ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: kenneth c hale - Narrows, VA

“To Bobby's daughters, You may not remember me, I worked at the hospital and gave your mother sour dough bread. I hate to hear that Bobby has passed,...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Alisa Pence - Peterstown, WV

“Bobbie was a precious lady who served in so many ways. I first met Bill, Bobbie and the little girls in Jaycees in Narrows so many years ago. Girls...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Frances Breedlove-Croy - FL

“Bobbie, I will always remember you as a dear Godly woman that served the Lord from the time that I first met you. You were very precious to me, and I...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Charlotte wagner - pearisburg, VA

“Wanted to send my condolences to the family--that's about the same age as mom==much much too young---I know she was a special lady who raised her...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: michael wilburn - ripplemaed, VA

“I am so sorry Christie and Cherie and family. Your mother was a wonderful person who showed the love of Christ to all she met. She will be forever...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Bales Peck - Pembroke, VA

“Ms. Bobbie you are the most godliest woman I meet in my life everything you did u always put GOD First. I have known u, bill and girls my whole...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Anthony Crotty - Christiansburg, VA

“She is resting in the arms of our Heavenly Father!! What a beautiful reunion!! ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Sherry Archer (Blankenship) - VA

“"Bobbie" set a great example of faith and trust in God. That example will live on in the lives of her beautiful girls, Christie and Cherie. And,...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: shirley richardson - Narrows, VA

“Miss Bobbie was a wonderful woman. I have so many good memories of this precious woman. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sending all our...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Theresa lovern - Penhook, VA

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Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Barbara Shepherd (Bobbie) Martin, 69 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 30th, 2016.

A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on July 29th, 1947, and was the daughter of the late James Wesley and Jocell Garnett (Jody) Shrader Shepherd. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 43 years, William Wayne (Bill) Martin.

Bobbie dedicated her life to Christ at a very young age. For many years, Bobbie served as a faithful member of Kathleen Memorial United Methodist Church on Wolf Creek, and was an active member of the Wolf Creek Ruritan Club. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, she will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Christie Martin Sowers and her husband, Bennett Sowers, III of Narrows, and Cherie Martin Fenne and her husband, William Fenne of Christiansburg; seven grandchildren, Adrienne Sowers and her partner Lindsey Offnick, Jordan Sowers, Cameron Sowers, and Taylor Sowers, and Katelynn Fenne, Billy Fenne, and Abby Fenne; a great-granddaughter, Hayden Offnick; two brothers, Jerry Shepherd and wife Patty of Tennessee, Eddie Shepherd and wife Heida of North Carolina; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 11 AM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with Rev. Aaron Atchley officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Service Sunday from 6 to 8 PM.

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

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