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Obituaries

Melba Raye Cash Craig

CraigMelbaMelba Raye Cash Craig, 61, of Bedford, died Sunday, August 13, 2017. She was born in Bedford, VA on April 19, 1956, a daughter of the late Ray Cash and Melba Patterson Cash. Melba passed peacefully, surrounded by her daughters and husband after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband John Warren Craig; daughters, April Heck and husband, Timmy, Katlyn Oldham and husband, Stosh; grandchildren, Delanie Heck, Hayden Heck, Sammy Oldham; sister, Bettie Hess and husband, Charles; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends, including her “Fab 5.” As per Melba’s wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Charlie Revely Gunter

Charlie Revely Gunter, 86, of Gretna passed away Wednesday, August 9,2017. He was born July 11, 1931 to the late, Ernest Martin Gunter and Eula Mills Gunter.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Cora Mae Jacobs Gunter; a brother, Alvin Byrd Gunter and a companion of 21 years, Charlotte Love. Charlie was only a little over a year old when his mother passed. He was then raised by his grandmother; Susie Trent Mills, whom he loved dearly. Charlie is survived by two daughters; Cynthia Gunter Shields and husband, Tony, and Catherine Gunter Doss and husband, Robert; a brother, Ernest Martin Gunter, Jr. and step-sister, Dorine G. Graybill; four grandchildren, Elizabeth S. Smith and husband, Scott, Jared A. Shields and wife, Oshila and Mitchell C. Doss; two great grandchildren, Rayan A. Shields and Aiden E. Shields. Charlie graduated from Brookville High School in 1948.   He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He retired as a Virginia State Trooper after 36 years on the force. Charlie was a member and former deacon of The First Baptist Church of Gretna. He was a member of several different organizations: American Legion, Post 232 and 52 years with the Gretna Lions Club. The family would like to give a special thanks to his wonderful care giver Teresa Burnette. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may consider The First Baptist Church of Gretna. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at The First Baptist Church of Gretna.  Family will receive friends from 12:30 noon to 2:00 pm in the church social hall.  Service will begin at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary.  Family will be at Charlie’s residence and the home of his daughter Cindy Shields on Gallows Road. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, Bedford 540-586-7360.

Willie Lewis Miller, Jr.

MillerWillie JPEGWillie Lewis Miller, Jr. 84, of Bedford, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017. He was born in Bedford, VA, on November 8, 1932, a son of the late Willie Lewis Miller, Sr. and Frances Zimmerman Miller. Willie retired from Rubatex and was a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty Dooley Miller, and many other family and friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Friday, August 11, 2017 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, with Pastor Greg Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Military honors by VFW Post 16, Lynchburg, VA. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

William Wallace Burge

Burge WilliamWilliam Wallace Burge, 73, of Alleghany, died August 3, 2017. A graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 6, at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery, 1975 Trinity Rd, Concord, VA 24538. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Frieda Clara Stansberry Burke

Burke FriedaFrieda Stansberry Burke, 67, of Smith Mountain Lake, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born in Norton, VA on March 30, 1950 a daughter of the late Howard Stansberry and Nannie McReynolds Stansberry. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Les and Paul Stansberry; a sister, Cleta Isaacs. Frieda graduated Dungannon High School in 1968 and moved to Roanoke to start her 30 year career with C & P Telephone (AT&T), now Verizon. After retiring she moved to Smith Mountain Lake where she enjoyed gardening, reading and working puzzles. She is the mother of the boys that started The Ice Cream Boat on Smith Mountain Lake. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Bill Burke; two sons, Travis Burke and wife, Alison, and Ryan Burke; three sisters, June Franklin and husband, Earnie; Krista Stansberry and Sue Tiller; two brothers, Tommy and Robert Stansberry; many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in her memory. A memorial service will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Resurrection Catholic Church with Deacon Chris Barrett officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. till the time of the service. A reception will immediately follow in the church social hall. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Janet Adel Nuckolds Rainey

Rainey JanetJanet Adel Nuckolds Rainey, 74, of Bedford, died Monday, July 31, 2017. She was born in Huddleston, VA on June 3, 1943, a daughter of the late Helen Paschel Nuckolds and Rex Coleman Nuckolds. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Tillman Rainey; companion, Bobby Michael; brother, Robert Rex Nuckolds, sister-in-law, Kathy Nuckolds; and brother-in-law, Charlie Bigard. Janet was a member of Patmos United Methodist Church in Huddleston and attended Central Church of Christ of Bedford. She was also a member of Women of the Moose and Bedford Elks Lodge. She is survived by her children, Frieda R. Harman and husband, Tommie, William Glenn Rainey and wife, Tami; five grandchildren, Brandon Booth and wife, Melissa, Jessica Harman Gusler and husband, Matthew, James Kelton Rainey and Kelsey Dhaisher, Rebecca Danielle Rainey and fiancé, Ross Anderson, William Tyler Rainey and wife, Becca; great-granddaughters, Autumn Kaye Cooper, Ellie Chandler Boothe; great-grandsons, Ashton Wayne Cooper, Jackson Graham Boothe, Tommie Tucker Gusler; sister, Frances Tuck; three nephews, Jerry and Robbie Tuck, Timothy Nuckolds; three nieces, Priscilla Nuckolds, Rebecca Rowland, Barbara Thomas; extended family, Michele Jesse, Richard Michael, and Robert Michael. Special thanks to care giver, Linda Mayhew and long time friend, Madelyn Dudley. Memorials may be made to the Little Town Players, National D-Day Memorial, or Relay for Life. A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 2, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Family will receive friends all other times at the home of her son, Glenn Rainey, 1138 Roundtree Drive, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Emily Carroll Henderson

Emily Carroll Henderson, 70, of Lynchburg, died on Thursday, July 20, 2017. She was born on September 29, 1946, a daughter of the late Robert Louis Carroll, Sr. and Helen Virginia Carroll. Emily was an artistic person who enjoyed art, cross stitching, sewing and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.  She is survived by a son, Justin James Henderson and his wife, Rae; a daughter, Deidra Diane Henderson, twin granddaughters, Riley Carroll and Raegan Lee Henderson and two nieces, Amy Carroll Wise and Diane Carroll Gillam.  Emily was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Louis Carroll, Jr.; a son, William Walter; and two grandsons, William James and Lyric Daniel.   A memorial service will be held at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church, 10660 Richmond Hwy, Lynchburg, VA on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm.   Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Bennie Herman Coleman

Bennie Herman Coleman, 81, of Bedford, died on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. He was born on February 20, 1936, a son of the late Gordon Herman Coleman and Ellen Mae Ruff Coleman. Bennie was a life time member of Bedford Christian Church. After 36 years of employment, Bennie retired from G.E and Ericsson. During his retirement, he enjoyed working around the house and being able to rest while watching good TV shows and spending time on the computer surfing the internet.  He also liked to take road trips with his wife, Lillie.  During his years at Bedford High School he excelled in playing football. Later in life, he enjoyed getting together twice a month for breakfast with his football buddies. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lillie Young Coleman; four sons; Chris Todd Coleman and wife, Nicole, their children; Tess and Sadie Coleman, Craig Scott Coleman and wife, Rebecca, their children; Landon and Brooklyn Coleman, Mark D Coleman and wife- Janet, their children Jessica and Alec Coleman; Michael A Coleman and the mother of Michael and Mark; Barbara D. Cook, two sisters; Gayle Gray of Charleston, S.C and Dorothy Chadwick of Williamsburg, VA. and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bennie was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Coleman and a sister Phyllis Coleman. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Friday, July 21, 2017 at Bedford Christian Church, 1928 Moneta Rd. Bedford with Rev. Ken Burger and Rev. Jim Compton officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Bedford Christian Church or Centra Hospice, 2097 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dorothy Ann Chrzanowski Uryniak

Dorothy Ann Chrzanowski Uryniak, 97, of Roanoke, formally of Pittsfield, Massachusetts passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. She was born in Webster, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1920, a daughter of the late Anthony Chrzanowski and Laura Demers Chrzanowski. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Stanley Uryniak; son Robert Uryniak; brother Edward Chrzanowski; and sister Alice Bialas.She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, Va. Dorothy worked for General Electric in Pittsfield, Mass. for several years and also work in the Rectory at St. Francis Catholic Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She is survived by her daughter Shirley Spiewak and husband Lewis; three grandsons Stanley, Robert, and Timothy Spiewak; one sister-in-law Adeline Chrzanowski; and numerous other nieces, nephews, family and friends. Memorial donations can be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 5369 Peters Creek RD, Roanoke, VA 24019. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, at Resurrection Catholic Church, with Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrating. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. just prior to the service.Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dawn Ayres Burch

Dawn Ayres Burch, affectionately known as “Don Don” to those that loved her,71, of Buena Vista, VA went to her heavenly home on  Sunday, July 16, 2017 at August Health.  She was born in Buena Vista on April 9, 1946. A daughter of the late Harry Douglas Ayres and Cynthia Effie Ramsey Ayres.  Dawn spent many years as a florist but retired from CVS in Buena Vista.  She was a devoted wife and loved her family; she especially loved spoiling all the children. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Douglas and Daniel Ayres; sister Norma Ayers Staton; a great nephew, Michael Dean Gilliam; a step son, Scott Arie Burch; brothers-in-law Matthew Morris Bryant and Gary Allen and a sister- in- law Juanda Ayres. She is survived by husband of 41 years, Larry Wayne Burch: a step son Chris Burch and wife, Betsy; sister, Wanda Bryant; brother Ronnie Ayres; brother- in- law Houston Staton, Jr. and Lewis W. Burch, Jr and wife, Lek; sister–in-laws Teresa Ayres and Carol Faye Burch; grandchildren Caid and Levi Burch; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephew and special friends; Karen Coffey and Kay Ayres.  A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday at Victory Baptist Church, Buena Vista with Rev Dean Staton officiating. The family will receive friends at the church an hour prior, 10AM to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Rockbridge Area Hospice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services


Elbert Jackson Robertson, 83, of Thaxton, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Arrangements pending.


Melba Cash Craig, 61, of Bedford, died Sunday, August 13, 2017. As per Melba's wishes no services will be held.


Lessie Wilson Frank, 63, of Lynchburg, died Saturday, August 12, 2017. As per Lessie's wishes no services will be held.


 

 

Charlie Revely Gunter, A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at The First Baptist Church of Gretna.  Family will receive friends from 12:30 noon to 2:00 pm in the church social hall.  Service will begin at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary.  Family will be at Charlie’s residence and the home of his daughter Cindy Shields on Gallows Road.