Edna Mae Brogan Bolton, 95, of the Trinity Community, Troutville, died Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Carrington Place.

She was a longtime member of Trinity Church of the Brethren, where she served in many capacities, including Deacon and Chairman of the Church Board. She was very active in her community and was the last surviving member of the Fincastle High School Class of 1941.

Edna operated a dairy farm following her husband’s death and later was employed by General Electric, Salem. She was affectionately known as “The Cake Lady,” as she loved to share her baking skills on any occasion.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, C. Woodrow Bolton; her parents, Jabe and Mae Brogan; her brother, Lonnie Brogan; and her sisters, Betty Michales and Judy Smith; and is survived by several nephews, nieces, and many friends. Special thanks to her caregivers at Carrington Cottage and Medi Home Hospice.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 26 at Rader Funeral Home, Daleville with Pastor Pete Bain officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church of the Brethren Music Ministry and Community Outreach Programs, P.O. Box 128, Daleville, 24083. Online condolences may be made to the family at



Clyde R. “Dupie” Merchant, 68, of Botetourt County, died Saturday, October 27, 2018 at LewisGale Medical Center.

Dupie was born in Clifton Forge November 9, 1949, lived in Botetourt and Roanoke all of his life, and was a member of Lapsleys Run Baptist Church in Fincastle.  He was the son of the late Randolph and Viola Johnson Merchant.  Dupie loved people, had a zest for life, and was known for being a “sharp-dressed man.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Merchant Rudd, and his life companion of 25 years, Louise Hector. Dupie is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Lionel and Diane of Silver Springs, Md., Tim and Vivian  of Crozet; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janie and Frank Johnson of Roanoke, Ruby and Harold Gaskins of Woodbridge, and Constance Hinton of Roanoke; Louise’s son, Tyrone Hector; and many nieces and nephews.

A homegoing service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 31 at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road, Daleville with Pastor David Halsey officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service beginning at 12 noon. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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