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Obituaries

Benjamin Gaylord Choate


  Benjamin Gaylord Choate, 53, of Moneta passed away    Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was born August 3, 1964 to Benjamin Hollis Choate and Macie Thomasson Choate.   In addition to his mother, Macie, he is survived by a son; Benjamin James Choate; four sisters, Peggy Andrews, Veverly Farnam and husband, Tim, Melissa McDaniel and husband, Dean and Tavie Choate; three brothers, Dale Choate and wife, Deedra, Gary Choate and Johnny Choate and wife, Jennifer; a special cousin, Sheila Thomasson; numerous nieces and nephews; soul mate, Sandy Cox and a special person, Sue Lawson.  All of who sincerely love him.  Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.  A Celebration of life will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Goodview Baptist Church.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford 540-586-7360.

DeLila Suzanee Thomas Crouch

Crouch DeLilaDeLila Suzanne Thomas Crouch, 68, of Thaxton, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017. She was born on February 4, 1949, a daughter of the late Joseph Thomas and Bernice Jensen Thomas. She was employed in the mail room at Orvis. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Wayne Elmer Crouch; daughter, Cassandra N. Crouch of Bedford, VA; and her sister, JoAnne Booth and husband Mark of Flintstone, GA. A Memorial service will be held, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 1534 Link Rd., Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Linda Sue Carter Gordon

Gordon LindaLinda Sue Carter Gordon, 67, of Moneta, died Saturday, December 2, 2017. She was born in Bedford County on February 9, 1950, a daughter of the late Orion A. Carter and Rachel Spradlin Carter. She went to be with the Lord and will suffer no more. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, nanny, sister, & friend. She will be remembered for her giving heart, love for all, great home cooking, and sweet smile. She is survived by her husband, Billy Robert Gordon, Sr.; son, Billy Gordon, Jr. and wife Tracie; daughters, Cathy Overstreet and husband Troy, Susan Mullins and husband Chad; grandchildren, Justin Morgan, Amber Morgan, Coy Mullins, Hope Mullins, Sky Mullins, Onna Mullins; four brothers; four sisters; and numerous other family and friends. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Rev. Kenneth Lafon officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. The Family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messer Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Lathern Randolph "Smokey" Hudson

Hudson LathernLathern R. “Smokey” Hudson, 64, of Lynchburg, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017, in his sleep at home with his family. He was born on December 1, 1952, a son of the late Charles Edward Hudson and Sally Powell Doss. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Doss. He was a very hard working man who was dedicated to protecting and providing for his family. He retired from Moore’s electrical and Mechanical after 11 ½ years of service as a Master HVAC mechanic and 29 years of service at Weather Conditioners as a master mechanic before Moore’s took over. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Delores “Pee-Wee” Hudson; daughter Teresa R. Hudson; and grandson/son, Michael C. Hudson, all of Lynchburg. The family would like to give a special heartfelt thank you to two very important people that have been great friends and provider, Dr. Chad Hoyt who was Smokey’s heart doctor for 23 years; and Leann Dudley for being a ray of sunshine and helping with the bad days and doing everything she could for him. They thank you both for being more than providers and they are honored to call you their friend. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the family. Per Smokey’s wishes no services will be held but friends and family may gather at their home at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9, at 130 Rockwell Road, Lynchburg, VA, 24504. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, is assisting the family.

George Buford Orange

Orange Buford 2George Buford Orange, 80, of Thaxton, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017. He was born in Bedford County, on May 7, 1937, a son of the late William Richard Orange and Julia Creasy Orange. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Joe Orange, Kenneth Richard Orange, William Abner Orange; and sister, Margie Hawkins. Buford retired from Rubatex as a press operator. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy “Mae” Carter Orange; daughter, Cindy Orange Neely and husband Juan; granddaughter, Dana Gillenwater and husband Chad; great-grandchildren, Logan Gillenwater, Bristol Gillenwater, Gabriel Gillenwater; sisters, Frances Bramlett, Genevieve “Genny” Conner and husband Mike; and brother, Harold Glenn Orange and wife Judy. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 1, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland and Rev. Bill Mitchell officiating. A burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemtery. Family will receive friends 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 30, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Lavon "Sue" Frank Cadiero

CAdiero SueLavon Edith “Sue” Frank Cadiero, known to most as Sue, passed away at her home on November 28, 2017 at the age of 85. Sue born in Nebraska on March 15, 1932 to the late Alfred Arnold and Cecelia Frank. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2012; and her brother, Dale Frank. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Byrne and husband John Tyler of Lowry VA.; her son, Gregg Cadiero and wife Jo Ann of Bedford VA.; her grandson Aaron Cadiero and wife Randi; and a very special great-granddaughter, Memphis Eve Cadiero, all of Bedford; and her cat, "Matilda" that adopted Sue earlier this year.  In addition to her immediate family, Sue has an extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews that stretch from coast-to-coast. Sue enjoyed spending time outdoors and maintaining her yard with numerous plants and flowers.  She especially enjoyed feeding the birds in the winter and watching deer in her fields.  She was active with the Shepherd's Table as well as the Wharton Garden and enjoyed giving back for the concern and enjoyment of others.   Sue was also a sports fan who enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, golf and always liked watching the Little League World Series.  And she loved her family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to any of the following: Shepherd's Table, 217 W. Washington Street, Bedford, VA, 24523; Wharton Garden, 305 N. Bridge Street, Bedford, VA, 24523; or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, - www.stjude.org/give-thanks A private graveside service will be held Monday, December 4, 2017 at Peaks Church Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Joseph Frederick Halbeisen, Jr.

Joseph Frederick Halbeisen, Jr., 88, of Bedford, died Monday, November 27, 2017. He was born in Elizabeth, NJ, on April 8, 1929, a son of the late Joseph Frederick Halbeisen, Sr. and Margaret Schaefer Halbeisen. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Joan Irene Martin Halbeisen. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his two sons, Mark Halbeisen of Bedford, VA, Richard Halbeisen and wife, Deborah of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Patricia Halbeisen Gottstein and husband, Dennis of Goode, VA; six grandchildren, Catherine Macmoyle and husband John, Michael Gottstein, Lauren Gottstein, Sean Gottstein, Justin Halbeisen and wife Nicole, Nicole Halbeisen Keller and husband Rhett; and two great-grandchildren, John Macmoyle and Jordon Macmoyle. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Elizabeth Lee "Libby" Murray Barrineau

Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Barrineau, 62, of Bedford passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017. She was born February 20, 1955 to the late, Hugh and Pearl Murray. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Murray. She is survived by two sons; Jimmy Murray and Marian Harley Barrineau; five grandchildren, Marie Barrineau, Seth Barrineau, Luke Barrineau, Levi Barrineau and Silas Barrineau; two brothers, Stewart Murray and Fred Murray. In lieu of flowers please send donation to Salivation Army of Lynchburg, 2215 Park Av., Lynchburg, VA, 24501 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford 540-586-7360.

Frances Watts Lazenby

Lazenby Frances W. Frances Watts Lazenby, 88, of Lynchburg, died Sunday, November 19, 2017. She was born in Halifax, VA on September 22, 1929, a daughter of the late John Samuel Watts and Vena Powell Watts. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Luther Lazenby; Bernard Watts, Harvey Watts, Lennie Watts Clements and an infant brother, George Edward Watts. She was a graduate of Halifax High School and played basketball. She was also a graduate of Phillips Business College. She and her husband Gordon were the founders of Gordon’s Wholesale in Bedford, VA. After her husband’s death, she moved to Lynchburg and sold school supplies to area high schools. She also wrote how to play the piano books. She is survived by her only very special daughter, Fran Gordon Lazenby; sister, Evelyn Watts Moore; sister in laws, Peggy Watts, Billie Watts; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family in Virginia. She is also survived by Stephen, Jayne, Emma, and John Vest; and Ann Rogers, all of Roanoke, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to make a memorial please consider Main Street United Methodist Church, 212 E. Main St., Bedford, VA 24523 or Bedford Christian Ministries, 217 W. Washington St., Bedford, VA 24523. A private interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery and a Memorial service will be held at a later date in South Boston, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Marvin Adrian Campbell

Campbell MarvinMarvin Adrian Campbell, 94, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 18, 2017. He was born in Bedford County, on April 20, 1923, a son late John Manley Campbell and Mamie Painter Campbell. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Milam Campbell and nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by his sons, Donald M. Campbell, John A. Campbell and wife, Carol; granddaughter, Lora Campbell; grandson, Donnie Campbell and wife Michelle; great-grandson, River Blue; great-granddaughter, Ivy Rae; two favorite nieces, Penny and Bonnie; great friends of many years, Herbert Nichols, O.S. Noel, Kermit Croft, Buddy Craighead, and last but not least the late William Waldo “Bill” Johnson. Marvin’s favorite hobby was going out with his friends to a dance anywhere, anytime. He was a life member of the Bedford Moose Lodge and the Ponderosa Sportsman Club. He was partners with his son John for many years at Farm Service Co. in Lynchburg and with his son Donnie at the family farm in Thaxton. Our father received the greatest care at home by these angels for the past year, Beckie Wheeler Robertson, Joyce Wheeler Zdenek, Judy Powell, Pam Sheppard, Joyce Hogan, Donna Woods, and Jean Fizer. We are grateful for the help provided by hospice. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 26, at Thaxton Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Giganti officiating. A burial will follow at Thaxton Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services


Delila Suzanne Thomas Crouch, 68, of Thaxton, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017. A Memorial service will be held 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 1534 Link Rd., Bedford, VA 24523.


 Benjamin Gaylord Choate, 53, of Moneta, died Sunday, December 10, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held 6:00 p.m., Saturday, December 16, at Goodview Baptist Church.