Margaret Lee McNeely Barksdale, age 94, passed away peacefully at the home of her son on Saturday, November 30, 2019, and has gone home to a glorious new beginning after several years of declining health. She formerly resided at 265 W. Sunrise Drive, Whitmell, Virginia. Margaret Lee was born June 16, 1925, to the late Early D. McNeely and Eugenia Parker McNeely. She attended Pittsylvania County Schools and Averett College. Throughout her career, she worked for Schewel Furniture Co., Fuquay Pontiac, Inc., and Universal CIT Finance Co. She was married to J. R. Barksdale Jr. for 38 years until his death in 1984. Margaret Lee was a dedicated and cherished member of Forest Lawn Baptist Church for many years. She was also a charter member of Faith Memorial Baptist Church. Margaret Lee is survived by her son, Roger L. Barksdale and wife, Judy; grandsons, Skip Barksdale (Leslie) and J. C. Barksdale (Valerie); and four great-granddaughters, Carsen, Alexis, Rylee and Carly. In keeping with Margaret Lee's request, there will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held at Highland Burial Park on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. by the Reverend Daryl Joyce. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the service. The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Sells and the staff of Go-Docs for their care, Commonwealth Home Hospice for their consistently incredible and compassionate dedication to Margaret Lee's care and the Reverend Daryl Joyce for his love and spiritual guidance. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Townes Funeral Home, 215 West Main Street, is serving the Barksdale family. Online condolences may be made at

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