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Obituaries

Donna Faye Pendleton Aultice

Aultice Donna20180816 14295918Donna Pendleton Aultice, 63, of Bedford, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018. She was born in Bedford on January 8, 1955, a daughter of the late Robert Jackson Pendleton and Myrtle Landsdown Pendleton. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Perry Lynn Pendleton; and brother-in-law, Bill Miller. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Kenneth Eldridge Aultice of Bedford; son, Travis Wayne Pendleton and wife, Leslie of Bedford; daughter, Syonia Marie Anderson and Woody of Montpelier, VA; grandchildren, Eli Pendleton, Alexa Anderson; brothers, Lonnie Pendleton of Johnson City, TN, Jimmy Pendleton of Moneta; sister, Patricia Miller of Moneta; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 12:00 Noon, Saturday, August 18, at Peaksview Christian Church, 1604 Moneta Road, Bedford, with Rev. Ricky St. Clair and Deena Fisher officiating. A meal will follow in the church fellowship hall. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the American Lung Association, Deborah Seals, Richmond, VA 23238. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Michael Todd Overstreet

Overstreet Michael 2Michael Todd Overstreet, 45, of Thaxton, passed away August 15, 2018 at his home. He was born in Bedford County on September 12, 1972, a son of James Wallace Overstreet and the late Mildred Dinkel Overstreet. In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by a daughter, LeAnne Caudill. He is survived by his wife, Delores Overstreet; three step-children, Jennifer Price (Mitch), Christopher Price (Heather), and Megan Hay; two grandchildren, Traci and Dallas Price; his father, James Wallace Overstreet; two brothers, James A. Overstreet (Linda), Barry Overstreet (Kathy); two sisters, Pamela Brown (Pete), Wendy Bramlett (Ronnie); and numerous nieces, nephews, and his special dog, Cheeto. Michael will be greatly missed by all those that loved him. A Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 18, at New Beginnings PH Church, 737 Blue Ridge Ave, Bedford, with Pastor Earl Ragland and Pastor Eric Pennington officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at New Beginnings PH Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Larry Richard Burks

Burks Larry20180815 16592676Larry Richard Burks, 67, of Big Island, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on November 24, 1950, a son of the late Harford Allen Burks and Alma Ethel Powell Burks. Larry is survived by his brother, Allen Burks and wife Barbara; caretaker and niece, Michelle Nicely and husband Ricky; and numerous other nieces, nephews and friends. A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Big Island Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Mike Watkins officiating. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at Big Island Baptist Church. Arrangements by Burch Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Nancy Ann Charbonneau Kordos

Kordos NancyNancy Ann Charbonneau Kordos, age 76, of Lynchburg, VA, died on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Lynchburg General Hospital. Born on December 11, 1941, Nan was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Richard Kordos; her parents, Imogene Murray and Louis Carbonneau of Detroit, MI; and sister, Judy McCormack of Oxford, MI. She is survived by daughter, Melora Kordos (David Gross) of Lynchburg, VA; and sister, Tammy Murray of Farmington Hills, MI. She grew up in in Detroit where she received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Detroit and her M.A. in Theatre from University of Michigan. She then became reacquainted with Dick Kordos from her U of D theatre days. They began working together in Indiana at a summer stock theatre and were married a year later in 1968. Her career in the performing arts spanned almost 50 years where she was the Artistic Director of The Body Politic Theatre in Chicago and owned a film casting company, Kordos & Charbonneu Casting, for 20 years. She spent many years with The Great Books Foundation and since moving to Lynchburg in 2004, she continued directing locally. A memorial service to celebrate Nan’s life will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6pm at The Ploghcroft Tea Room at 1215 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Richard Kordos Theatre Scholarship Fund at the Academy Center for the Arts in Lynchburg, VA. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, is assisting the family.

James Vincent Mitchell

James Vincent Mitchell, 82, of Goode, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018. He was born on December 5, 1935 in Fries, VA to the late Wayne and Margaret Mitchell. He retired from GE/Ericsson after 40 years of service. After retirement he was able to live his dream of being a full time farmer where he passed his knowledge to his sons and grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Norma Jean Moore Mitchell; two sons, James Kahle “Jimmy” Mitchell, David Wayne Mitchell (Lisa); four granddaughters, Chrissy Richey (Sean), Jessica Walker (Daniel), Jamie Frank (Jon), Amanda Schmitt (Jason); and nine great-grandchildren whom he adored. He is also survived by two sisters, Lola Francis Coleman, Laura Ellen LaRue; two nephews; and one niece. A visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. The family would like to send a special thank you to Gentle Shepherd Hospice for the care they provided over the last several months. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Edward "Jimmy" Garten

Garten James 2James Edward “Jimmy” Garten, 72, of Bedford, son of the late Edward F. Garten and Ethel Miller Garten passed away Friday, August 3, 2018. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 45 years, Wanda “Susan” Garten; his sons, Jamie (Niki) and Jeremy; and his furbabies, Scooby and Snickers. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 6, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. June Carpenter officiating. Family will receive friends from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bedford Fire Department, 315 Bedford Avenue, Bedford, VA 24523.Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Houston Webster Staton, Jr.

Houston W. Staton, Jr., 73, of Buena Vista, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at his home. He was born in Lexington on August 13, 1944, the son of the late Houston W. Staton, Sr. and Frances Davis Staton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; and a grandson, Michael Dean Gilliam. Houston was a hard-working man and never met a stranger. He operated his own business, Rockbridge Industrial Salvage for ten years and eventually retired as a car salesman at Woody Cheverolet. Those who knew him loved him for his wonderful humor, love of people, his gift of gab and magnificent story-telling. Surviving are his children, Cindy Hartbarger and husband Dale, Houston Staton III and Fiancé Donna Brunty, Amy Gilliam and husband Frankie, Leigh Ann Forquer and husband, Jeremiah; grandchildren, Sara Roberts and husband, Corey, Brooke Coleman, Jonathon Hartbarger, Hunter Staton, Carey Gilliam, Erin Gilliam, Zachary Holzworth, and D. W. Holzworth; great grandchildren, Caleb Roberts, Kaelyn Roberts, Karoline Roberts and Jayce Gill; brother, Roy D. Staton and wife, Phyllis; two brother-in-laws, Larry Burch and Ronnie Ayres; a sister-in-law, Teresa Ayres; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at 12 p.m., on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Victory Baptist Church with the Reverend Dean Staton officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels. Arrangements are being handled by Burch Messier Funeral Home, Bedford Virginia.

Leland Harold Johnston

Johnston LelandLeland Harold Johnston, 75, of Moneta, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018. He was born in New York January 21, 1943, a son of the late George Johnston and Marilyn Tyndall Johnston Harden. Leland is survived by his wife, Judith Matott Johnston; son, David Johnston; two daughters, Stephanie Johnston, Gail Johnston; two grandsons, Chase and Joey; and numerous other family and friends. Leland also loved his dogs Ace and Henry. A Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church 13586 Old Moneta Rd. Moneta, VA, 24121 with Rev Riley Smith officiating. Burch Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.

Pheobie Denise Johnson

Johnson PheobiePheobie Denise Johnson, 46, was born in Washington DC on June, 13 1972.  She passed away in her residing city of Lynchburg, VA on July 13, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Rebecca Martinez and Silas Johnson. She is preceded by her brother, Quention Johnson; and a great niece.  She is survived by   five daughters, Jacqueline, Jacquline, Samantha, Faith, and Heaven Johnson; four grand-children, Jordan, Syerinedi, Gianna, and Elijah; her partner,  Florencia Perez;  her dog,  Charlie; brothers, Casey Martin, Silas Johnson Jr.,  Salvaneus Johnson; sisters, Margaret and Shenita Johnson; and a host of many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was a step- daughter to Jose Martinez and Mildred Johnson. Pheobie, adored her grand-children.  She loved each of them enthusiastically and they were her world. She bonded with them and showered them with warmth, laughter, affection, and sugar!  She enjoyed spending time with them.  They were attached to her dearly. Pheobie loved so many no matter their life status.  She was the true meaning of forgiveness and acceptance.  She loved and rejoiced in the Lord.  She attended Christ’s Community Fellowship.  She would often speak of the Lord, and post about him on her social media account.  She was a quick-witted, cerebral, adventure seeker, spontaneous, and quite stylish woman.  Apart of her morning routine consisted of blasting her gospel music, while getting quite dapper for the day.  She saw beauty and uniqueness in everything and everyone.  She realized from reflecting on her past and present struggles, she held a power deep within.  She recognized her strength and purpose.  And this illuminated her.  It ignited a fire in her.  So she worked rigorously to rebuild herself, and her relationships. She thrived connecting with others. She began mentoring the youth.  To let them know someone cares, someone understands, and someone was rooting for their success in life. She would go to retirement homes to read the Bible to the elderly.   A fun, hip, smart, down to earth individual, which she was well aware of!  And would let you know, in case you missed the memo.  She had the ability to make any person feel comfortable in their own skin.  She always remained true to who she was, whether you liked it or not.  Yet somehow, you’d wind up gravitating to her!  She basked in being spoiled. Loving to love and be loved. She was a free soul, one you only come by once in a lifetime.  See, she didn’t judge.  Life wasn’t about materialistic things to her.  It was about living whole-heartedly, laughter, love and happiness. Pheobie was a strong, vibrant woman.  She thanked the Lord each day for another blessed day of life on this Earth. She didn’t want a funeral or people crying over her because the Good Lord called her home, for she looked forward to being with her passed on loved ones and being in the Glory of God. She wanted to be cremated and for a celebration of her life to be held. Burch-Messier Funeral Home in Bedford did the honor of her cremation, and her celebration of life will be announced at a later date. 

The Day God Took You Home

A million times I’ve needed you

A million times I’ve cried,

If love alone could have saved you

You never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,

In death I love you still.

In my heart you hold a place,

No one else can ever fill.

It broke my heart to lose you,

But you didn’t go alone

Part of me went with you,

The day God took you home.

Christie Ann Martin

Martin ChristieChristie Ann Martin was born in Lynchburg, VA on February 10, 1976 to Dennis Lee Martin and Brenda Diane Bryant. She found her peace and went to be with the Lord and our other Angels in heaven on July 10, 2018. Christie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Daniel & Louise Bryant; aunts, Claudia Ann Deavers, Virginia Wells, & Doris Mae Bryant; her step-mother, Donna Allen; and very special niece, Kesslee Daegan Biscotti. Christie is survived by her mother, Brenda Bryant (Grover); her father, Dennis Martin (Angela); sisters, April Burrell (Nathan) Candance Pollard (Cal) & Danielle Everton (Josh); nephews, Joseph Burrell, Christian Henry, & Kalyx Pollard; niece, Kiyah Pollard; grandmother, Norma Moon (Waren); grandfather, Gilliam (Buddy) Martin; aunt, Susan Davis; uncle's,  Benjamin (Peter) Bryant (Janice), David Martin (Lisa), Greg Martin & William Martin; Goddaughter, Alexus Ferguson; a very special cousin, Jennifer Fitch, and a host of cousins and friends. Christie was loved by so many. Hopefully, she went to rest knowing that. Our Christie was beautiful, intelligent and hilarious at times. All she wanted was to be loved. Even though we loved her deeply, the challenges and struggles of life held her mind hostage to terror and hurt. Christie had the most contagious laugh that we will miss tremendously. We haven't been able to hear that laugh for a long while. Her faith was strong so we know she's laughing with our loved ones in Heaven where we will meet again one day. Christie is no longer alone and scared. Even though we miss her so much it physically hurts, she's at peace at last with all of our angels. We don't understand why she had to leave us so soon. We just want our sister back. The sister that would have fought the whole world for us. The sister that wasn't perfect but she was ours. We've waited so long for her to come back to us but now she'll be waiting for us on the other side. One special request on behalf of the family: Grab hold to your loved ones and don't let them fall. Reach out when they're struggling and try to be understandable to their situation. It's not always easy. Sometimes impossible but try for their sake and yours. If it's tough love for your sanity then so be it. Our families need to bond together now more than ever. Talk to one another, Love one another. This world is cold and lonely without your family and loved ones in it. We're all struggling with the, what if and if only. We all wish we had tried harder, done more. Don't let that be your conscious, it will break you. Christie's family and friends are hurt and shocked. We're all saying the same thing, "I wish I could have done more." WE LOVE YOU CHRISTIE ANN!! Fly high!!! Always and Forever in our hearts. A memorial service will be held for Christie Ann Martin and our niece, Kesslee Daegan Biscotti, at 3:00 p.m., at Journey Ministries, 2002 Church Street, Appomattox, VA on Sunday, July 29, 2018. The church is located beside the middle school in Appomattox. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.