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Melinda Arrington Cooper

February 26, 1961 - February 2, 2022

Melinda Arrington Cooper, 60, of Bedford departed this life on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at her residence on Smith Mountain Lake where she cherished her view of the water especially at sunrise and sunset.

Born on February 26, 1961, to the late Mack Lee and Helen Marie Key Arrington. Melinda is survived by two sisters, Kathy Arrington Glover and her husband, Rich; and Renae Arrington Fariss and her husband, Ron; and a brother, Mark Lee Arrington and wife, Penny, all of Bedford.

She was Aunt Melinda to eight nieces and nephews who survive: Melinda Glover Misjuns and husband, Marty; Megan Glover Zawadzki and husband, Kyle; Richard Lewis Glover, Jr, and wife, Amanda; Clark Lee Glover; Callie Glover Freeman and husband, Aaron; Ted Lee Arrington; Lucas Lee Arrington; and Hannah Leigh Arrington. She is also survived by three uncles and an aunt: Robert “Bobby” E. Key, Gerald (Bobo) L. Key, Bernard (Bunny) C. Key, and Judy Key Dickerson. In addition, Melinda leaves behind nine great-nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and two very dear Friends, Cheryl Musgrove, and Jackie Sereno. Melinda was also Nannie to a very special grandson, Tyler Cooper.

Melinda was an avid animal lover, and the ones closest to her heart were her golden retrievers, Sherman, Winston and Doc, and her horse, Chief. In her younger years, she competed in horse shows and enjoyed trail rides. Some of her fondest memories were helping her dad on the family dairy farm, and she did everything from rounding up cattle to helping milk them.

Aside from farming, Melinda was a gifted knitter and made many beautiful scarves that she sold at craft shows and gave as gifts. Her chocolate chip cookies were second to none.

A graduate of Liberty High School, Bedford, and Lynchburg College. Melinda was an elementary school teacher for Bedford County Public Schools at Thaxton Elementary, Bedford Primary, and Big Island Elementary Schools. She treasured her time in the classroom, and not having children of her own, she immersed herself in the lives of the ones she taught, and they were like hers.

A nurturer to all, Melinda loved her family and took pride in helping with her parents care in their later years. As her own health declined during this last year, Melinda was always grateful for the care Lawrence provided for her. He shopped, cooked, cleaned, did laundry, and drove for her, all while making her laugh.

Melinda accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and was a lifelong member of Suck Spring Baptist Church.

A celebration of Melinda’s life will be conducted at Tharp Funeral Chapel in Bedford 11:00 am on Saturday, February 5, 2022, with Rev. Michael Cox and Jerry Parr officiating. A burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 7, 2022, at Suck Spring Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Melinda’s name may be made to Suck Spring Baptist Church, 3887 Jopling Road, Bedford, VA 24523. To send condolences online please visit obituaries.tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

Burial Date February 5, 2022

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Renae and Family, We were so sorry that Melinda passed away. We saw her obituary in the Lynchburg News. May she Rest In Peace. Margaret & Bill Turley Saint Augustine, Florida

Posted by Margaret & Bill Turley on February 5, 2022

Mark, Renae, Kathy and families, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Melinda. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Rebecca Turpin on February 5, 2022

Melinda was kind and caring to everyone. She was a great teacher and the students at BIES loved her!! Melinda was giving, encouraging, and positive with a beautiful smile and laugh! God needed her now to bring JOY to all those who have passed away before her! I will miss you, my special friend! Prayers to all the family who will be carrying a hole in their hearts. She's healed now. Hallelujah!!

Posted by Deborah Kay Shelton on February 5, 2022

Judy and I are friends of Melinda and Renae. Judy taught at Big Island Elementary and the four of us used to go out together and enjoy ourselves. We have very fond memories of those days. We are greatly saddened to see that Melinda has passed. Our condolences to Renae and the whole family.

Posted by Michael & Judy Frazier on February 4, 2022

Dear Kathy, Rich, Renea’ and Ron, Mark and Penny , We are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister Melinda. we are keeping your families in our thoughts and Prayers. Love to you all, Michel and Ben Witt

Posted by Michele Witt on February 4, 2022

Posted by Debbie Key on February 4, 2022

Melinda touched all of our family throughout her life. She loved everyone. As we all do, she had her moments but even during them she loved her family more than anything. She had a contagious smile and light-hearted way about her. She loved Smith mountain lake and took a ride or two on Double Trouble with Pat and I several afternoons. She helped play a prank on Gary when Pat and I stole his beloved dolphin and took pictures with it around the lake. She got the biggest kick out of that and laughed and laughed and laughed. I will always remember her like that.

Posted by Debbie Key on February 4, 2022

Kathy, Rich and Family, My heart is hurting for you right now. Melinda was such a kind , sweet, loving person . I ask our dear Lord to wrap his loving arms around you and your family and give you comfort , strength and healing in the days to come. Melinda is no longer suffering and is with her mother and father and rejoicing in heaven with our Lord..

Posted by Kimberly Cherebin on February 4, 2022

Renae, Mark and the rest of the family, our hearts break for you. May HIS loving arms hold you in this time of need. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers . May you rejoice in knowing Melinda is now completely healed and in HIS kingdom celebrating with Mack and Helen. God Bless you all.

Posted by Clara and Larry Nichols Sr on February 4, 2022

Kathy, Mark, Renae, and all of her family. My heart breaks for you all and no words can express how much I loved Melinda as I do all of you. My prayers are with each and everyone of you as I send love to all. I have many loving and fun memories of Melinda, growing up with you all, visiting all at the farm. These will be cherished always. She was a beautiful young lady inside and out. She will be missed greatly. We will once again see her in Glory Land with all of our loved ones that have gone on before us for there are so many. What a glorious day that will be. May the comfort of God be with you all. Love to all, and in Christ our Lord, Penny

Posted by Penny Key Wilson on February 4, 2022

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for her family. She was a kind Loving person

Posted by Wanda Goff on February 4, 2022

So very sorry to hear about Melinda. She was such a kind & loving person and my daughter was lucky to have her for a Kindergarten teacher. My thoughts go out to the family during this time of loss.

Posted by Dreamer Walton on February 4, 2022

Melinda, your were always like a sister to me. Thank you for being so kind to my mom, she loved you and I hope embracing you in heaven. I will miss our talks! You will always and forever be in my thoughts and more so in my heart! I love you. Suesue

Posted by Susan Bradley on February 3, 2022

So sorry to hear about Melinda. I will always have fond memories of spending time with her while at her mom's. Prayers for all of you.

Posted by Valerie Agee on February 3, 2022

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