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Chapel: 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA 24523 | Office/Visitation: 317 West Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523
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Scheduled Services

Melvin Lee Ellis, 65, of Bedford, died Monday, March 27, 2017. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Kenny Richard Nelson, 63, of Bedford, died Sunday, March 26, 2017. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. A burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Community Cemetery.

James Rodger Peters, Jr., 55, of Monroe, died Friday, March 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at Madison Heights Christian Church, 149 Main Street, Madison Heights. A visitation will be held 1:30 - 2:30 prior to the service.

Dorothy Peck Russell, 93, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 26, 2017. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., April 22, at Main Street United Methodist Church.



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Here For You

Often in times of grief, life can be very confusing. Burch-Messier is here for you. Ask us questions, ask our advice and lean on us. It is our job to assist, console, answer requests and help you though a difficult time in life. Just ask any of our staff...

Memorial Tributes

Memorial tributes can be made in a number of ways; donations to charities, floral arrangements, cards, food and visits. We also offer online condolences for individuals who cannot attend the service or visitation.

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We are just a phone call or email away. Burch~Messier Funeral Home would be honored to hear from you. Please contact us at your convenience.

Long After

From the initial consultation and long after everything is there, you can count on help from Burch-Messier to help you with any final estate matters as well as help with grief counseling.


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