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Beryl Elizabeth Martin

September 21, 1926 - December 19, 2022

Beryl Elizabeth Martin was born on September 21, 1926 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Almyra Elizabeth Higginbotham and Walter Scott Martin. She went to be with her Lord on December 19, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, her twin brother, Dr. Earl Martin, her brother, Walter Scott Martin, Jr., and her sisters, Christine Graham and Evelyn Henning. Beryl is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and her beloved sister-in-law, Margaret (Mrs. Earl) Martin.

In June 1943 she was graduated from E. C. Glass High School and went to work at Peoples National Bank at age 16. During her time at the bank, Beryl took many classes (in person and by correspondence) offered by the American Institute of Banking through which she earned her Certification in Commercial Banking. She served in the National Association of Bank Women and, also, the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She ultimately retired from banking in October 1988 as Assistant Vice President from what had evolved to become Sovran Bank, now Bank of America.

In 1963 Beryl, who never married, and her mother moved into a modest home in Ft. Hill. Beryl
devoted her time to her career, her mother’s care, and babysitting her nieces and nephews.

Following cardiac bypass surgery, Beryl assisted in getting the Blue Ridge Mended Hearts Chapter 16 chartered in November 1989. She served that great organization, helping others with heart disease and honoring the chapter motto “It’s great to be alive and to help others.”
She went on to serve as the Chapter President in 1993.

Beryl was a member Trinity Methodist Church from “cradle roll” to its closure when it merged with Chestnut Hill United Methodist in 1985. She felt at home there and had many opportunities to continue serving in various capacities including Sunday school teacher on a rotational basis until she was 95.

The family will receive friends at 10 am on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia. A celebration of her life will follow at 11 am at the church, with graveside afterward at Fort Hill Cemetery.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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Beryl was a wonderful lady. My husband, Pat and I lived in her terrace apartment in 1965 when we were newlyweds. She treated us like family. I’m so sad to see she passed. God bless her family. RIP

Posted by Elizabeth McCarron on December 26, 2022

I met Beryle at my Uncle Wallace Buford's Funeral. She had worked at Peoples Bank when my mom, Virginia Jennings, was pregnant with me. She was a very kind person and told me of so many things about my mom. Rev Earl Martin had been our pastor at White's Methodist Church. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Posted by Peggy Jennings Ibarra on December 23, 2022

My Mom and Beryl when we visitid her in 2009.

Posted by Timothy Logwood on December 20, 2022

Please accept condolences. My mother, Frances Burford Logwood, met at their church in a young couple\'s group at Trinity. They were friends for over 70 years. Beryl helped Mom get some of her poems published. I corresponded with Beryl through email after Mom passed away in 2020. I met her in 2009 when I took Mom down to Lynchburg to see Beryl. I\'ll post that photo. I believe Beryl also helped Mom with her wedding reception.

Posted by Timothy Logwood on December 20, 2022

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