Martin, Bobbie Poff

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Bobbie Jean Poff Martin, aged 89, of Floyd, peacefully passed away and joined her heavenly home on Thursday, September 7, 2023. She was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah and Ewell Poff; as well as her infant brother. Bobbie was born in Willis, Virginia, on October 21, 1933. She had been a devoted member of the Topeco Church of the Brethren for over 50 years, actively participating as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and serving on various committees. Her last role within the church was as the President of the Topeco Women’s Club.

In 1950, she proudly graduated from Willis High School, where she played as a starting forward for the Willis Eagles. Bobbie later worked at Skyline Sportswear until its closure in 1985, after which she began a 25-year career at Walmart until her retirement. Following retirement, she devoted her time to assisting at Maberry Funeral Home. Amidst her work commitments, Bobbie consistently supported her children in all their endeavors, including the FCHS band and various sporting events. She played a pivotal role in establishing the Floyd County Booster Club, where she served as President. After her children graduated, she enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to support her grandchildren in their school activities and volunteered at their school.

For over two decades, Bobbie was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge, serving as both treasurer and President of the Association. Even after her tenure as President, she continued to be involved in the Lodge and was honored with the highest recognition during a pinning ceremony, with the assistance of her grandchildren.

Bobbie is survived by her beloved family, whom she cherished above all else. She leaves behind her daughter, Deborah Snellings of Floyd; and her son, Ervin Martin of Alexandria. Her legacy continues through her two grandchildren, Brandon (Krystal) Snellings of Richmond and Erika Snellings (Alyssa Castillo) of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bobbie’s great-grandchildren, Carson Snellings, Madelyn Snellings, and Olivia Snellings, all from Richmond, were a source of immense joy in her life. She shared a special bond with two close friends, Jo Ann Maberry, with whom she attended Lodge meetings and various children’s activities – some even mistook them for sisters, and her cousin friend, Freeda “Pete” Harris, with whom she conversed two or three times daily. Additionally, she was a cherished member of the Harris/Poff family, receiving unwavering support from several nieces and nephews during her final days at home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Roy Turpin and Pastor Angela Carr officiating. Interment will follow in Topeco Cemetery. The family will receive friends from Noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the Floyd Rescue Squad for their invaluable assistance and unwavering support.