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Obituaries

Terry Davidson Smith

Terry Davidson Smith, 72, of Lynchburg, passed away just before noon on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the home of his son. Terry was a 1965 graduate of E.C.Glass High School and retired from RR Donnelly Printing.  Terry appreciated great music and is probably tapping his foot now to some Little River Band or Journey.  His special place in life was the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he attempted to catch many-a-fish.  His pride and joy were his children.  Never a day went by did they doubt his love for them.Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Maxwell Smith, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Tankersley Smith, his brother, Glenn Maxwell Smith, Jr., his sister, Dana Smith McLaughlin, and the mother of his children, Rebecca Ellen Watts. He leaves behind his children, Elizabeth Smith Lisota (Justin) of Milwaukee, WI and Grant Davidson Smith (Amanda) of Lynchburg along with his grandchildren James Davidson Smith (12), Caraline Jean Smith (11), and Beckett Grant Lisota (7). We invite the friends and family of Terry to join together in a celebration of his life at the home of his son Grant (1208 Lakeview Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502) at 2pm on Saturday, December 10. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dorothy Marie Smoot Fellers

Fellers DorothyDorothy Smoot Fellers, 91, of Goode, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 30, 2016. She was born on October 23, 1925, a daughter of the late Edna McDaniel Smoot and Milton Jordan Smoot. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Calvin Fellers. She was a retired employee of Griffin Pipe. She is survived by her son, Peter M. Fellers (Carolyn) of Goode; granddaughter, Lori Myrtle (Tony) of Staunton; grandson, Brandon Fellers (fiancée Kristen Sempeles) of Virginia Beach; step-grandsons, Robbie Wilson (Stephanie) of Copper Hill, David Wilson (Leslie) of Bedford; great-grandson, Jeremiah Jenkins of Staunton; step-grandchildren, Dyllon, Faith, and Shane Wilson of Copper Hill, Hunter and Selena Wilson of Bedford. A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Virginia Memorial Park Mausoleum, with a visitation after the service from 2 – 5 p.m., at the home of Peter and Carolyn Fellers, 2840 Roaring Run Road, Goode. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Willie Ray "Snookie" Dooley

Dooley WillieWillie Ray “Snookie” Dooley, 74, of Bedford, died Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was born on July 6, 1942, in Bedford County, a son of the late Noah Burnice Dooley, Sr. and Beth Hawkins Dooley. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Dooley, Marie Newman; brothers, Noah Burnice Dooley, Jr., Rev. Richard L. Dooley, and Garland W. Dooley. He is survived by sisters, Betty Miller and husband Willie, Ruby Key and husband Bunny; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Flint Hill Baptist Church, with Dr. Wayne Sellers officiating. Burial will follow in Dooley Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Rose Marie Robinson Burton

Burton RoseRose Marie Burton, 60, of Bedford, died Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Roanoke, VA on October 14, 1956, a daughter of the late Robert Lee Robinson and Mildred Henegar Robinson. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Wayne Robinson, Sr. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, James Lee Burton; sister-in-law, Martha Robinson; niece, Angie Robinson and her children, Brittany and Austin Heffinger; nephew, Larry Robinson Jr. and his children, Desirae Rose Robinson and Scott Robinson Weiss and his child, Bryson Oliver Weiss; mother and father-in-law, James and Doris Burton; brothers-in-law, Timothy Burton and wife, Kim; Gregory Burton; sister-in-law, Shelby Overstreet and husband Dennis; nieces and nephews; April Stovall, Casey Burton, Laura Chasson, Kelly Gregory, Christina Overstreet, Amanda Watson, Hannah Burton and Matthew Burton; great-nieces and nephews, Ivy Grace Stovall, Carter Gregory, Sam Gregory and special great niece, Emmalyn Chasson. In lieu of flowers please consider Bedford Animal Shelter, 1307 Falling Creek Road, Bedford, VA 24523. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, with a memorial service beginning at 7:30 with Rev. Floyd Gross officiating, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Hazel Norris Haga

Mary Hazel Norris Haga, 79, of Bedford, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016. She was born on March 16, 1937, in Boone County, NC, a daughter of the late Dennis Fleet Norris and Eula Combs Norris. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Burl Norris; brothers-in-law, Jack Campbell and Robert Rouse. Mary was a member of Bedford Baptist Church, the Nannie Bland David Circle, and a retired pre-school teacher who dedicated her life to educating children at Terryland Nursery School, Otterburn Academy, and Main Street United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Telsie Charles Haga; son, Lamie Haga and wife Pam of Columbus, GA; daughters, Leigh Anne Carroll and husband Barry of Bedford, Sandra Jones and husband Nelson of Amherst, Va; grandchildren, MaryAnn Jones and husband Dr. Kyle Meikle of Washington, DC, Holly Jones of Charlottesville, VA, Dennis Haga of Asheboro, NC, Chelsea Foust and husband Jordan of Highpoint, NC, Laura Leigh Haga of Columbus, GA, Sarah Anne Carroll, Nelson Carroll, Lamie Carroll, Emily Carroll all of Bedford; great-grandchildren, Mary Beth Foust, Braxton Foust, Bethan Meikle-Jones; brother, Bill Norris and wife Wilma of Chesterfield, VA; sisters, Betty Campbell of Chilhowie, VA, Irma Lee Reedy and husband Charles of Manassas, VA, Carolyn Rouse of Gainesville, GA, Dr. Martha Norris of Rural Retreat, VA, Beverly Eason and husband Mark of Abingdon, VA; sister-in-law, Eileen Norris of Bristol, VA, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, at Bedford Baptist Church with the Dr. David Henderson officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Karamine Myrtle Chatfield Richardson

Richardson KaramineHeaven received another Angel on November 20, 2016, when Karamine (Karebear) Chatfield Richardson, 43, of Roanoke went to be with the Lord following a brief illness. She was born February 4, 1973, to Gabrielle C. and the late Stephen N. Chatfield. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her aunt, Imogene Jones. Her memory will be honored by those she left behind: her mother Gabrielle, daughter Jacqueline Chatfield, her precious granddaughter Kinslee, cousin Debra Call and family, best friend Angela Cromer, special friend Anthony Butler, and numerous other friends including her Lewis Gale Rehab (4 East) family. Karamine was a caring and compassionate nurse employed at Lewis Gale for over 14 years. She had a heart of gold, a passion for helping others, and always wore a smile. Her love for her family, pets, and friends was unconditional and without limits. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Karamine's honor to Kinslee Chatfields's Trust. For information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A "Celebration of Karamine's Life" gathering will be held at Mill Mountain Star on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. The family would like to thank the nursing and medical staff at Lewis Gale for the extraordinary care and support provided to Karamine and her family. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford 540-586-7360.

Willie Lewis Miller III

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Willie Lewis Miller III, 52, of Bedford, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016. He was born on March 15, 1964, a son of Willie Lewis Miller, Jr. and his wife Betty, and the late Shirley Padgett Miller. Willie was employed at Sam Moore Furniture. Along with his father, he is survived by his son, Bradley Miller and fiancée Christina; granddaughter, Raven Miller; sisters, Dawn Sines and James Jr., Kathy Sines and J.D., Virginia Miller, Lisa Caruso; niece, Gyenn Miller; and numerous other family and friends. A Celebration of Willie’s life will be held 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, at his home, 1824 Dean Drive, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Kenneth Edward Gravely

kenneth gravelyKenneth Edward Gravely, 80, of Lynchburg, died Friday, November 11, 2016. He was born on March 19, 1936 in Lynchburg, Virginia, a son of the late Frank Eanes Gravely and Claudine Witt Gravely. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Bailey Gravely. Kenneth retired in 2002 after 47 years of service with Griffin Pipe Foundry. He was a member of the Elk Lodge, Lynchburg Exchange Club, and Lynchburg Sports Club. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his son, Larry Gravely (Brenda Wood); daughter, Dana Mallory (James Apsey); grandchildren, Carly Brooke Forman (Jason), Kirsten Alexis Cunnings (Anthony), Mason Francis Mallory, and Thompson Fields Mallory; cousins, Marion Gravely Jackson, James M. Gravely, Carolyn DeYoung SciSci, and Kay DeYoung Brown. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Stephens Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2903 Tye River Road, Amherst, VA 24521. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 17, at St. Stephens Baptist Church with Rev. Norman “Mickey” Ryan officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Fred Kenneth Turpin

Turpin KennethFred “Kenneth” Turpin, 86, of Bedford, died Friday, November 11, 2016. He was born on July 19, 1930, a son of the late Thomas Fred Turpin and Ethel Louise Holdren Turpin. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Cleo Morgan Turpin; brother-in-law, Buster Jones; and sister-in-law, Loretta Turpin. Kenneth served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a retired truck driver from Sam Moore Furniture and was a member of Sedalia Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, having spent lots of time with his brother and nephews hunting and fishing. Kenneth is survived by his brother, Ray Murell Turpin Sr.; sisters, Jeanette Jones, Evelyn Ortiz and husband Jimmy; nephews, Dennis Turpin and wife Kim, Tommy Turpin and wife Cricket, Ray Turpin and wife Barbara; nieces, Becky Turpin, Teressa Renee Kelley and husband James; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great nephews, cousins, and friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Rev. Mike Jones officiating. A burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post 16. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Sonny Lee Farmer

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Sonny Lee Farmer, 26, of Montgomery Alabama, formerly of Bedford, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, November, 9, 2016. He was born on March 10, 1990, a son of Bradley E. Farmer and his wife, Sabrina and Virginia L. Caldwell. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles E. Farmer; and maternal grandmother, Sylvia Caldwell. Sonny was a graduate of Jefferson Forest High School and a proud combat veteran serving 6 years in the United States Army, 3 of which he spent in Afghanistan. He will always be remembered by his infectious laugh. Along with his parents he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Joan Farmer; maternal grandfather, Robert “Sonny” Caldwell; son, Gavin Farmer; brother, Steven P. Clement; sisters, Jessica Joseph, Tiffany Farmer-Bowyer and husband Matthew, Dawn Farmer; nephews, Jordan, Jino, Jay, Josiah; nieces, Makenzy, Mary Beth; aunt, Vicky Farmer Bergin and husband Bob. The family wishes to give a special thank you to Esker and Aubrey Via, Kevin Pate, Safwan Williams, Kevin Colran, Scott Arney, Todd and Michele Trumble and the many others who have loved Sonny. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, P.O. Box 1337, Midlothian, TX 76065. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 18, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Phillip Kelley officiating. A burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.