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Scheduled Services

Diane M. Rygielski, 66, of Lynchburg, died Saturday, September 23, 2017. The family will hold a gathering in remembrance of her life, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 25, at her home, 1116 Toledo Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Ronald Eugene Denton, 61, of Altavista, died Thursday, September 21, 2017. No serivces will be held at this time.

 John Russell Mayhue, 91, of Bedford, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017. A private service will be held at a later date.

Raleigh Wayne Hedrick, 73, of Evington, died Saturday, September 16, 2017. A Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Altavista Kingdom Hall, 652 Riverbend Rd., Altavista, VA.

Barbara Thurman Owen died at Westminster Canterbury on June 9, 2017.  A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11 am at First Presbyterian Church at 1215 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Lynchburg College Annual Fund.














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