Our Staff

Timothy W. Murphy, Manager - Bedford/Officer/Funeral Service Licensee
Email: updikefuneralhome@verizon.net
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-942-8698
Office Phone: 540-586-3304
Fax: 540-586-2084

Thirty-five years ago this past February, Tim Murphy began a career at Updike Funeral Home as an apprentice funeral service director. Tim’s career has developed over the years because of his sincere desire to help people at a difficult time.

Tim and his sister, Waylene, grew up in Bedford County with their parents Rev. Wayne Murphy and his wife, Arlene.

After attending Huddleston Elementary School and Liberty High School, Tim went to CVCC to study drafting. Although Tim thought that his education at CVCC might lead to a career that he enjoyed, he became bored with his educational pursuit. It was during a trip to Atlanta that Tim decided to enroll in Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in February 1979 with a degree in funeral service.

Meanwhile in Bedford, Updike Funeral Home was building a new central office off Route 460 West. When the Bedford branch of Updike Funeral Home opened in April of 1979, Tim had just returned from Gupton Jones and was ready to begin work in Bedford as an apprentice. After becoming a licensed funeral service director, Tim remained at the central Bedford office where he is now the Vice President and Treasurer.

Not only does Tim enjoy his job at Updike Funeral Home,  but he also values his free time which he spends with his wife, Sheryl, and their daughter Page, who is a graduate of University of Alabama and now a resident of New Orleans, LA.  Each year Tim is involved in as many outdoor activities as possible including golf and duck hunting.

Tim’s sincerity, contagious smile, warm friendliness, and caring attitude are appreciated not only by the staff of Updike Funeral Home but by everyone who knows him.


Katrina O. Nester, Officer/Office Manager
Email: updikefuneralhome@verizon.net
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-942-8698
Office Phone: 540-586-3304
Fax: 540-586-2084

Katrina Nester has served as office manager at the Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service since 1977 when she graduated from Liberty High School.

Katrina was born and raised in Huddleston, and is the fourth generation Updike in the business. She is the daughter of Peggy Updike Zimmerman and the late Ralph Overstreet, who was President of the business.  Katrina now serves as President and Secretary of the business.

Katrina is a member of Huddleston United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir. She is also actively involved as a member of the Bedford Professional Women and has held many leadership positions. 

She is married to Jerry Nester and they live in Bedford. They have one daughter, Jill, who is now living in Queidersbach, Germany with her husband, James who is in the military.  She is proud to be known as “MeMe” to two beautiful grandsons, Kemper & Hudson.

Katrina’s knowledge and organizational skills, along with her cheerful smile contribute to her success as an office manager and her sincerity and compassion are Katrina’s gifts to everyone she meets.


G. Patrick Lavender, Funeral Service Licensee
Email: updikefuneralhome@verizon.net
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-942-8698
Office Phone: 540-586-3304
Fax: 540-586-2084

G. Patrick Lavender, a funeral service licensee, is a dedicated and valued member of the Updike Funeral Home staff.

Although Pat was born in Norfolk, Virginia and moved to Virginia Beach with his family when he was in third grade, Pat prefers the Bedford area, and has lived here since 1997 with his wife, Mary, a respiratory therapist, three children and one grandson.

Pat is not the only one in his family in the funeral business. Pat’s sister works at a funeral home in Norfolk, and it was the eldest of Pat’s three brothers who motivated Pat to choose funeral service as a career. After graduating from college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pat worked for Whitten Funeral Home for nine years before coming to Updike Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Pat is always available to greet you with his pleasant smile and outgoing personality whenever you come to Updike Funeral Home and Cremation Service.


Dale F. Robertson, Funeral Service Licensee
Email: updikefuneralhome@verizon.net
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-942-8698
Office Phone: 540-586-3304
Fax: 540-586-2084


Dale Robertson is a licensed funeral director with thirty-six years experience.

Dale is a lifetime resident of Bedford, having grown up in the city along with one brother, Dean.

Dale served his apprenticeship at a local funeral home and attended Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta. Upon his completion of school he was employed at Carder-Tharp Funeral Home before joining the staff of Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Dale is married to Gail and they have one son, J. D, a graduate of Virginia Tech who is married and lives in Roanoke. Dale enjoys hunting and farming.