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Obituaries

Malcolm Warren Greenfield

Greenfield MalcolmMalcolm Warren Greenfield, 95, of Forest and formally of Miami, FL and West Palm Beach, FL, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017. He was born in Balaton, Minnesota, on July 22, 1921, a son of the late Henry Greenfield and Florence Nord Greenfield. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Richard Greenfield; ex-wife, Jean Hedrick; and long time partner, Helen Tomkins. Malcolm proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was an avid fisherman who loved camping and baseball. He spent many summers touring and camping around the United States. He was a great father and grandfather. He is survived by his twin daughters, Debra Erickson, Susan Greenfield; grandchildren, Scott Erickson, Jessica Erickson; four brothers, and one sister. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, with the Rev. Cristy Miles officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Jimmy Roger Campbell

Campbell Jimmy 2Jimmy Roger Campbell, 71, of Big Island, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He was born in Lynchburg, VA, on February 6, 1946, a son of the late Herbert B. Campbell and Annie Angus Campbell. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by brothers, Herbert Leroy Campbell, John L. Campbell, Jasper Eugene Campbell; sister, Edith Maxine Guthrie. Jimmy was a special man who blessed anyone that crossed his path. He loved to ride his bike, peddle cart, roller skate, and loved the outdoors. He loved the Lord, his church, and was a faithful servant who loved to help. He was a member of Chestnut Hill Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from the Bedford Sheltered workshop. The family would like to thank Centra Hospice and his church family for their love and devotion. He is survived by his sister, Lois M. Noel; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Chestnut Hill Freewill Baptist Church, Big Island, with Rev. Larry Ross and Dr. Roger Bevins officiating. Burial will follow in Sedalia Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and all other times at the home. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Charles Bernard Widener Jr.

Widener CharlesCharles Bernard Widener, Jr., 63, of Roanoke, died Monday, April 17, 2017. He was born in Catawba, VA, on October 2, 1953, a son of the late Charles Bernard Widener, Sr. and Margaret Jordan Widener. He is survived by his long time partner, Phyllis Widener; brothers, Bobby Wayne Widener, Roger Lee Widener (Whendy), Gary Eugene Widener; sister, Wilma Leigh Rhodes (Barry); sons, Jason Charles Widener, Thomas Eric Widener; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Patricia Faye Garrett Goff

Goff Patricia 2Patricia Faye Garrett Goff, 67, of Big Island, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was born in Lexington, VA on May 28, 1949 a daughter of the late, Roy Lee Garrett and Dorothy Mae Manley Garrett. She was a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roger Wilson, her second husband, Floyd Andrews Goff; a brother, Michael Garrett; two grandsons, Patrick and Joshua Anderson. She is survived by her children, Jennifer Anderson (Philip), Karen Miles (William), Janice Stevens (Montgomery) and Michael Goff (Tracey); eight grandchildren, Alyssia, Colton Anderson; Jason Stephens, Anthony and Alexis Stevens; Paige, Jocelyn and Liam Goff; sister, Louise Pohl; brother, David Garrett. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Carey Snellings and Dr. Benjamin Owen officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Thornton Perry Taliaferro, Jr.

Taliaferro ThorntonThornton Perry Taliaferro, Jr., 70, of Bedford, VA, went to play music with the Lord on Friday, April 14, 2017. He was born in Roanoke, VA on August 30, 1946, a son of Maxine Tucker and the late Thornton Perry Taliaferro, Sr. Perry served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was also stationed in Japan and California. In addition to his mother he is survived by sons, Perry Dean (Cheryl) Taliaferro, Troy Paul Taliaferro; sisters, Vicky Walker, Cathy (Jim) Maguire; step-daughters, Carrie and Becky Sartin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 22, at Perry’s home at 823 Randolph Street Bedford, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Lawrence Wade Sandel

Sandel Lawrence 1Lawrence Wade Sandel, 57, of Bedford, died Friday, April 14, 2017. He was born in Dallas, TX, on June 18, 1959, a son of William Wade Sandel and the late Betty Summers. Lawrence proudly served his country in the United States Navy. In addition to his father he is survived by his wife, Patricia Roark Sandel; sons, George Martin, Henry Martin (Jessica); daughter, Angela Caldwell (Donald); sister, Mandy ­­­­­Feldman; brother, Jeff Sandel; step-father, Lloyd Summers; cousin, Lynn; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephew. A funeral service will be held 7:00 pm, on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA. 24523, with the Rev. Dan Hammond officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Robertson

Robertson Ronnie 2Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Robertson, 53, of Thaxton, died Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was born in Fairfax, VA on February 23, 1964, a son of Carla Payne Ragland and Earl Ragland and the late Ronald Edward Robertson. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Rhonda Lynn Mills. He was a former captain with Nelson County Sheriff’s department and a deputy with Bedford County Sheriff’s department. In addition to his mother and step-father he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Astrid Robertson; son, Ingo Bussey; brothers, Earl Corbert Ragland, Mark Robertson, Murdock Ragland; sister, Robin Denise Bass; grandchildren, Brycen, Bradley, Logan, and Lucas. A funeral service will be held 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with the Rev. W.A. Mills officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

David Michael Boone

Boone DavidDavid Michael Boone, 59, of Forest began his new life on Sunday April 9, 2017 when Jesus gently carried him to his Heavenly home. He went peacefully surrounded by his loving wife Terry-Lynn; devoted stepdaughters, Melody and Heather, and his mother-in-law Angela Geer. David was reunited with his father Glenn M. Boone, his sister Linda and his daughter Hope. Those awaiting their journeys to be reunited with David are his mother Evelyn Hatchett Boone, his wife Terry-Lynn, his beloved children and stepchildren Shannon N. Halterman (Tim), Jarred E. and Jacob W. Boone, Charles B. Morgan (Tonya), Melody D. Salyers (Michael), Heather J. Dartey (Joe), his niece Olivia B. Johnson (Chris) and children Lotus, Lennox and Lux, 11 grandchildren as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, out-laws and friends too numerous to mention. A special thank you to Heather who faithfully and tenderly cared for him during his illness, to Linda Staton who sang to David before he began his journey with Jesus, and to Centra Hospice of Lynchburg. David is a member of New Beginnings Tabernacle where he loved singing in the choir and volunteering for special programs. He was a maintenance technician with HHHunt over 11 years at Walden Pond Apartments where he worked with his best friend Billy Rice (Linda). David selflessly enjoyed using his skills to help family and friends. Friend and Pastor Gary Moore will lead a Celebration of David’s Life to be held at the Walden Pond Clubhouse Saturday, April 15, at 3:00p.m. at 1400 Weeping Willow Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501.. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 791, Bedford, VA 24523 or The Dream Foundation, 1528 Chapala Street #304, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101.Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dorothy Louise Meador Helm

HelmDorothy 2Dorothy Meador Helm, 74, of Thaxton, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017. She was born in Botetourt County, on June 11, 1942, a daughter of the late George Oliver Meador and Rena St.Clair Meador. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa M. Draper. She is survived by her husband, William Meredith Helm; daughter, Pamela Cook and husband Troy; grandchildren, Nicholas Cook, Kyndall Heck and spouse Jenn; three step-daughters; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Thomas, Janet May, Sue Gordon, Kathy Williamson; brothers, Barry Meador, Keith Meador, Wayne Meador, Ralph Meador, Arnold Meador, Clayton Meador, Kenneth Meador; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers please consider Bedford Life Saving Crew, 311 Bedford Ave., Bedford, VA 24523. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8, at Glade Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 3148 Webster Rd., Blue Ridge, VA 24064, with the Rev. Bill Mitchell officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Virginia Dorothy Honanian Vetzikian

Vetzikian VirginiaVirginia D. (Ginny) Vetzikian, 89, passed peacefully in her sleep into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ April 2, 2017 in Lynchburg, VA. Ginny was born April 19, 1927 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to John and Nouvart Hovnanian. She married Leon Vetzikian in 1947 and moved to Syracuse, NY where they raised their family. Ginny loved to dance and taught ballet to children, as well as being a dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance studio. Later in life she enjoyed a successful career in real estate for over 30 years. She is survived by her son Glen L. (Jane) Vetzikian, Madison Heights, VA and daughter Lynne L. (Ken) Waldby, of Camillus, NY, three adored grandsons Matthew (Tara)Waldby, Joshua Waldby and Aaron Vetzikian, 4 great grandchildren, Ella, Benjamin, Atlas, and Oliver Waldby, as well as beloved extended family in Syracuse and Methuen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Vetzikian, and brother Kajag Hovnanian. Ginny rarely met a stranger and had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. She loved her family, friends, and her Lord. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at North Syracuse Baptist Church, 420 S. Main St., North Syracuse, NY. A reception and family graveside service will follow. Gifts in remembrance of Ginny may be made to North Syracuse Baptist Church Missions Fund, or the Armenian EyeCare Project. Condolences to the family may be sent to Lynne Waldby, 317 Blackmore Rd, Camillus, NY 13031. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.