Brenda Baynes Briggs, 72, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 17, 2023. She was born on March 1, 1951, in Eden, NC to the late Gene Thomas Baynes and the late Pauline Lemons Baynes.
She graduated from Morehead High School in 1969 and went on to work in textiles. After getting married and starting her family, she began work with the Martinsville City Schools where she retired after 28 years of service. She was deeply devoted to her family, especially her daughter and granddaughter. She loved the Lord with all of her heart, and she shared her faith through her words, actions, attitude, and genuine love for others. She was a member of Axton Baptist Church.
Brenda is survived by her daughter, Shannon Barker; son-in-law, Jonathan Barker; granddaughter, Hannah Barker; grandpuppy, Bella; sister-in-law, Brenda Sessor (husband, Lee, and son, Austin); brother-in-law, Darryl Donovant; sister, Phyllis Brown; brother, Michael Baynes; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her very best friend and special “family,” Vivian Freeman.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Kenneth Briggs, and her brothers, Tim Baynes and Frank Baynes.
A visitation for Brenda was held at Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home on Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 10-11:30 am with the funeral, officiated by Pastor Tim Wood, being held at 11:30 am. Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway.
Brenda was a long-time supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in her memory to St. Jude.
McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Martinsville, Va. is serving the family.
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