Hedrick, Linda Furrow
Linda Furrow Hedrick passed away suddenly but peacefully in her home in Blacksburg, Virginia on July 17, 2018. Her life will be forever cherished by her husband Gene Hedrick, daughter Meredith White and son-in-law Danny White, her four grandchildren Addison, William, Amelia, and Abigail; her sisters Claudine Goad, Dorothy Tinnell, Evelyn Wirt (husband Larry Wirt), and her brothers Ray Furrow (wife Norma Furrow) and Larry Furrow, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Eunice Furrow, her sister Estelle Stanley, and her brothers David Furrow and Herman Furrow.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 20 at 2pm at Blacksburg Christian Fellowship. A short reception will follow immediately.
Linda was born on January 3, 1943 in Pulaski County, Virginia to Henry and Eunice Furrow. She was the seventh of nine children and grew up in Southwest Virginia. She attended Andrew Lewis High School in Salem before attending Radford University for her undergraduate degree and Virginia Tech for her Master’s degree. She worked for 14 years for the US Army at the Radford Arsenal and met her husband, Gene, through friends at work.
Linda and Gene married on August 31, 1980 in Blacksburg and gave birth to their daughter, Meredith in 1984. Over the next three decades, Linda raised her daughter (attending every single sporting and music event), managed her household down to the last detail, and worked several jobs part time (most recently as a computer programmer) until retiring two years ago.
A major part of Linda’s legacy was that she was among the founding five families of Blacksburg Christian Fellowship in 1969. She served the church body in various ways throughout the years as church treasurer, Pioneer Girls, church housekeeping, and through her special passion, music and singing.
In recent years, Linda enjoyed watching her four grandchildren grow up, always ready to care for them when needed, hand out mints, and take them out to lunch or shopping. She attended a women’s Bible study weekly, served often on the music team at church, read her Bible daily, was a word puzzle master, and really enjoyed eating out for lunch with Gene. She was endlessly generous and loved to give thoughtful gifts. She loved to engage her mind and learn new things – from staying current on the news, singing in the New River Valley Community Chorus, reading, traveling whenever possible, and even auditing a few Spanish classes at Virginia Tech “just for fun.” She was steady and faithful in all she did.
In honor of Linda’s life and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Valley Classical School, where two of her grandchildren attend. Linda loved the mission of this school and served countless hours so her daughter could carry out board responsibilities, and would have been delighted to see it continue to grow and prosper. Please send checks to Valley Classical School 610 N. Main Street, Suite 261 Blacksburg, VA 24060