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Bertrand "J.B."

Broughman, Jr.


August 5, 2023

Rev. Joseph Bertrand “J.B”. Broughman, Jr., 69, of Eagle Rock, died Saturday, August 5, 2023 at his residence.

He was born January 4, 1954, in Alleghany County, a son of the late Joseph B. Broughman, Sr. and Cornelia “Mickey” Frye Broughman.

J.B. was a tireless community servant. He began his career in law enforcement in 1979 with the City of Covington, filling various roles in the department, including being the first D.A.R.E. officer in the Alleghany Highlands. He was named Chief of Police in 2003 and City Manager in 2012 – serving in both roles until his retirement in 2016. In addition to his public service, he was the pastor of Highland Chapel Christian Church for over 30 years, a radio announcer for Covington High School football games for many years, and a part-time photographer for the Virginian Review. After his retirement from the City of Covington, J.B. continued to serve his community as a School Resource Officer at Jeter-Watson Elementary School. His love for his community was rivalled only by his love for his family, friends, and his many dogs and cats.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Curry Broughman, of Eagle Rock; a sister, Darlene Thomas and her husband, Ray, of Covington; three nephews, Michael Siers, Jimmy Siers, and Jeremy Thomas; and many close friends.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Curfman Hall Auditorium at Covington Middle School with the Rev. Bill Gilliland officiating. Internment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive their friends on Wednesday evening from 6 – 8:00 PM at Arritt Funeral Home.

Arrangements are being handled by Arritt Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial contributions in J.B.’s name be made to: Rikki’s Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960.

Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at


Arritt Funeral Home

August 9, 2023 at 10:00:00 PM

Arritt Funeral Home, South Highland Avenue, Covington, VA, USA


Curfman Hall - Covington Middle School

August 10, 2023 at 6:00:00 PM

606 South Lexington Avenue, Covington, VA, USA

Final Resting Place: 

Cedar Hill Cemetery

1521 South Carpenter Drive, Covington, VA, USA



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