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Obituaries

Mildred Ola Johnson Weaver

Weaver Mildred20180922 13470663Mildred J. Weaver, 99, of Altavista, died at Autumn Care Nursing Home, Friday, September 21, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Robey and Fannie Johnson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, R.E. Reynolds; her second husband, Bernard Weaver; son, Gene Reynolds; two sisters, Frances Stinson and Shirley Pauley; and seven brothers, Howard, Robert, and John Porter, Albert, Earl, Raleigh and Jesse Johnson. She is survived by a daughter, Patsy Bailey (Dee) of Altavista; a son, Barry Reynolds (Susi) of Madison Heights, five granddaughters, Deborah Lovette (Tony) of Richmond, Kathryn Vaughan (Kelly) of Kansas, Patricia Jennings (Ted) of Rustburg, Meghan Chilton (Christopher) of Richmond, and Rachael Reynolds of Lynchburg; nine great-grandchildren, Sara Hillery (Julian), Windsor Lovette, Chatham Lovette, Lauren Malott (R.J.), Grayson Gibson, C.J. and Malachi Chilton, Jeremy Ackerman, and Alayna White; five great-great-grandchildren, Vaughn, Swoop, and Reave Hillery, Quade and Hadley Malott. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Penuel Baptist Church, with Carlton Gunter officiating. A burial will follow in Altavista Memorial Park. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the church and other times at the home of Patsy Bailey, 402 Peerman School Road, Altavista. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Autumn Care- Residents Council Fund, attn: Amy Henderson, 1317 Lola Avenue, Altavista, VA 24517. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ralph Wilson Manspile, Sr.

Manspile Ralph 2Ralph Wilson Manspile, Sr., 81, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family Friday, September 21, 2018. He was born in Rockbridge County on March 4, 1937, a son the late James Emory Manspile and Inez Ayers Manspile. He retired from Sam Moore Furniture with 25 years of service. Ralph is survived by his wife, Ruth Gordon Manspile; daughter, Pam Manspile Stanley; son, Ralph “Buddy” Manspile, Jr. and wife Lisa; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and seven cats, his fur babies. Family will receive friends 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Friends of the Bedford Animal Shelter. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Roger Gene Fulton

Fulton RogerRoger Gene Fulton, 66, of Bedford died Monday, September 17, 2018. He was born in Bedford on May 12, 1952, a son of the late, Jesse Booker Fulton and Bertha Mae Creasy Fulton. He is survived by his daughter, Lillie Beth Fulton; his grandchildren, Mason Cole Fulton and Owen Lee Fulton; a sister, Roslyn “Sissy” Fulton; two brothers, Ronnie Fulton and Robert Fulton and his wife, Susie; a special friend, Becky Johnson. A graveside service will be held 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Jack Davis officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Robert Moore

Moore John20180917 11552043John Robert Moore, 58, of Bedford, died Friday, September 14, 2018. He was born on October 28, 1959 in Maryland, a son of William Franklin Moore and Barbara White Moore Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Moore; and sisters, Mary Moore and Wanda Moore. He was a correction officer for the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. He is survived by his wife Delaina Tucker Moore; daughters, Christina Moore, Barbara Moore, Amber Moore, Crystal Avery; sister, Marlene Truesdell and husband Joe; grandchildren, Jonathan, Gavin, William; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. A Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 16. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Sarah Ann Overstreet Parker

Parker Sarah 1Heaven called for an angel and our wife/mother answered. Sarah Ann Overstreet Parker passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 13, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Dan Parker to whom she was married for 65 years. She was the daughter of Rufus and Verna (Orange) Overstreet. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Connie Parker, and her son-in-law, Gary Davidson and sister, Carol Stanley. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her devoted son and daughter, Dennis Parker (Brenda) and Patricia (Tricia) Davidson; her grandchildren, Joshua Parker (Sarah), Amy Proffitt (Brandon), Jennifer Mixon (Jeremy); her great grandchildren, Brandon Lewis, Graylee, Parker, Rylea, Madyson, Scarlett, and River. These 7 were the light of her life. She is survived by many loving cousins; faithful friends; an aunt, Eddie Starbuck; and an uncle, Leslie Orange. She will always be remembered for her wittiness and laughter and her love for family and friends. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 15, at Thaxton Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider Centra Bedford Hospice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360. 

Estelle "Peggy" Caulder Minton

Minton Peggy20180907 11392753Estelle “Peggy” Caulder Minton, 86, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at her residence, Thursday, September 6, 2018. She was born on September 8, 1931 in Greensboro, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, Everette Mitchell Caulder and Minnie Powers Caulder; sisters, Mozelle C. Foust, Beulah C. Thomas, Geneva C. Manning, Jean C. Holyfield; brothers, Raymond Caulder, Wesley Caulder, Pete Caulder, Bud Caulder, and Roosevelt Caulder. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Kelly Eugene Minton; daughters, Jean Nichols and friend Junior Blankenship, Lori Eggleston and husband John, Karen Carter and husband Ron, Kimberly Parker and husband Chad; son, Michael Minton; grandchildren, Dwayne Nichols and wife Lora, Derek Nichols, Stephen Crouch and wife Catie, Amanda Croft, Lance Parker, Ryan Carter; great-grandchildren, Jordan Nichols, Kindall Nichols, Corbin Carter; great-grandchild to be, Stella Crouch; special friends, James and Frances Underwood; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 10, 2018, at Word of Life Evangelical Church, with Rev. Wiley Clark, Rev. David Whitehurst, and Rev. Ralph Jernigan officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 9, at the Word of Life Evangelical Church. Many thanks go to the special care given by the Bedford Centra Hospice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Janet Carole Wilson Jacobs

Jacobs Janet 2Janet Wilson Jacobs, 53, of Moneta, VA died Sunday, September 2, 2018. She was born in Bedford, VA on September 30, 1964, a daughter of the late Marion Calvin Wilson and Ruth Ruff Wilson. She is survived by a daughter, Hope Jacobs Carpenter and husband Erik; a son, Mickey Jacobs; her partner, Jimmy Bryant; the father of her children, Ed Jacobs; and numerous other family and friends. A Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 7, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Vernon DeLong officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Edward Eugene Davis, Jr.

Davis Edward 2Edward Eugene Davis, Jr., 78, of Bedford, died Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was born on October 7, 1939, in Summitt, NJ, a son of the late Edward Eugene Davis, Sr. and Josephine Calloway Davis. Edward was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Holdren Davis; sons, Edward Davis, Timothy Searles; daughters, Pamela and Karen Davis, Michele Searles, Carmen Mawyer, and Karla Powell; and thirteen grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please consider a donation to Parkinson Research Foundation or Bedford Hospice House. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ada Elizabeth "Betty" Perry Good

Good Ada ElizabethAda Elizabeth (Betty) Perry Good, age 98, passed away surrounded by her family on August 25, 2018. She was born on December 17, 1919, in Bedford, Virginia to Edward Judson Perry and Carrie Ada (Holland) Perry. Betty’s early education took place in a one-room schoolhouse in Bedford County. Later she went on to graduate from high school in Richmond, Virginia. On November 4, 1940, Betty married Thomas Luther Good, Jr. of Staunton, Virginia. While living in Silver Spring, Maryland, Betty worked as a library aide until her retirement. In her later years, she resided at the Elks National Home (the first woman to live in the facility) and Bedford County Nursing Home. Left to honor Betty and remember her love are two children; Barbara Sue Good Notarianni and John Steven Good; two grandchildren, Christina Marie Notarianni and husband Andrew Werner and Stephen Michael Notarianni and wife Jenna Wolf Notarianni; and three great grandchildren, Henry Townsend Werner, Caroline McCarty Werner, and Eve Elizabeth Notarianni. Many thanks go to nurses Mallory on the Neuro ICU Unit, Jennifer on the Step Down Neuro ICU Unit, Angel on the Palliative Unit, Dr. Nullari, and Dr. Paul Bennett of Lynchburg General Hospital. Burch Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.

Gladys Virginia Robertson Watson

WatsonPicGladys Robertson Watson, 86, of Bedford died Friday, August 24, 2018. She was born in Moneta, VA on July 11, 1932, a daughter of the late Nicholas Hammond Robertson and Virginia Saunders Wickham. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Randolph Peyton Watson; and her step-father, William Wickham. She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church. Gladys is survived by her son, Thomas “Tommy” Watson and wife, Cathy; granddaughters, Angela Diane Sheriff and husband Brandon, Elizabeth Ann Watson; and brother, William “Billy” Robertson and wife Carolyn. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Ecklund officiating. A private family burial will follow the service. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Main Street United Methodist Church or Bedford Christian Ministries. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services


Ralph Wilson Manspile, Sr., 81, of Bedford, died Friday, September 21, 2018. A visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.


Roger Gene Fulton, 66, of Bedford, died Monday, September 17, 2018. A graveside service will be held 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 23, at Greenwood Cemetery.


Mildred J. Weaver, 99, of Altavista, died Friday, September 21, 2018. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Penuel Baptist Church. A burial will follow in Altavista Memorial Park. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the church and other times at the home of Patsy Bailey, 402 Peerman School Road, Altavista.