Death records were not mandatory to keep until 1912. You might write to the Bassett Historical Library in Virginia and they can check to see if they have any info on this family. They are a respository for a lot of genealogy in the Franklin-Bedford county areas. You write a request, they add your name to the lineup and then reply by mail. Copies are like 15 cents each, but they do ask for donatins to keep the place going. You can call first.