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Obituaries

Pamela Sue Overstreet

Overstreet PamelaPamela Sue Overstreet, 53, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 15, 2014. She was born on June 23, 1961 a daughter of the late Ernest Clifton Overstreet and Lillie Williams Overstreet. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her, two sons, Eddie Chilton and Jeremey Chilton; grandson, Joshua Payne. She is survived by her daughter, Brandy Manning and husband, David; four grandchildren, Brittany, Sarah, Hannah and Jennah; a special friend, Rudy Karnes; a brother, Johnny Overstreet; two sisters, Kathy White and Geraldine Martin. A visitation was held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.

Pauline Jones Blankenship

Blankenship PaulinePauline Jones Blankenship, 85, of Thaxton died Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Oakwood Manor. She was born in Bedford County on September 23, 1929 a daughter of the late Clem P. Jones and Johnsie Naomi Bowyer. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Russell Blankenship, Sr., a son, Jamey Blankenship, a brother, Clifton Francis "Buster" Jones, a sister, Ruby Doxen. She is survived by her sons, Cecil Russell Blankenship, Jr., Wayne Blankenship and Eddie Blankenship; two daughters, Sherry Sullivan and Cathy McDowell; ten grandchildren, Amy Blankenship, Brittany Canterbury, Kevin Blankenship, Tracy Outhong, Trina Blankenship, Matthew Sullivan III, Justin McDowell, Brandon McDowell, Christy McDowell and Dana Gillenwater; 3 sisters, Marie Wright, Katie Hammock, Naomi Johnson; a brother, Joe Jones. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Doris Juanita Baker Burnette

Burnette JuanitaDoris "Juanita" Baker Burnette, 85, of Bedford, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at her residence. She was born November 7, 1929 in Charlottesville, the daughter of the late James E. Baker and Julia Humphreys (Baker) Pannell. Twice married, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Karl M. Belden and her son Steven M. Belden. She is survived by her beloved second husband, Lloyd E. Burnette, a sister-in-law, Marion Burnette of Huddleston; she is also survived by two nieces and one nephew, Ann B. Mahone of Portland, OR, Martha M. Doolittle of Pittsford, NY and John A. Mahone of Richmond, VA; She was a retired federal employee with 35 years of service with the U. S. Army, Military District of Washington, Finance and Accounting Office. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Bedford. The family will receive friends from 11 am to 12 noon on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church, and then she will be transported to Holly Memorial Gardens in Charlottesville for a 2:00 p.m. graveside service Thursday with Rev. Vernon DeLong officiating. Those wishing to make memorials should consider Trinity Baptist Church or your favorite Charity. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Erwin Charles Wyman

Erwin Charles Wyman, 79, died Saturday, November 8, 2014. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Clifton Francis "Buster" Jones

Jones CliftonClifton Francis "Buster" Jones, 83 of Lynchburg, died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Bedford County on January 3, 1931 a son of the late Clem P. Jones and Johnsie Bowyer Jones. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Doxzen and a brother, Clem Jones, Jr. He was retired from Griffin Pipe and loved traveling and camping. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanette Turpin Jones; a brother, Joseph (Joe) Jones; four sisters, Naomi Johnson, Marie Wright, Katie Hammock and Pauline Blankenship. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children Research Hospital and Gideon Bibles. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, with burial to follow in Virginia Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.

Milton Thomas Harrison III

Harrison TommyMilton Thomas "Tommy" Harrison, III, 89, of Bedford, loving husband, father and grandfather, went home to be with the Lord on October 29, 2014. Preceded in death by parents Milton T. Harrison, Jr. and Maggie Arrington Harrison Coffey; sisters, Janie H. Simms and Nancy H. Dean; and by his first wife, Mae Mitchell Harrison. He leaves behind his loving wife, Leona Smith Harrison; four children, Pamela H. Huang (Jimmy), Ralph Lee Harrison (Robin); Marlene H. Pugh, (Paul); Thomas R. Harrison (Jan); grandchildren, Amber Pugh Gardner (Chris), Megan Pugh Lee (Kevin), Zachary Pugh (Jamie), Kaitlin Harrison, Kylian Harrison and Justin Harrison; 6 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Lauryn & Brysyn Gardner, Clara Lee, Greenleigh and Bristol Pugh; a brother, William B. Harrison; a step-sister, Clara Creasy and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Debbie Reynolds and Sissy Parker his guardian angels, Dr. Linda Beahm and the Hospice team. Tommy was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church and was Chief of Police in Bedford for 25 years. He was a member of the Bedford Breakfast Lions Club receiving the Melvin Jones Fellows award and was a life member of the Bedford Moose Lodge and the Bedford Shoot Club and the Virginia Poultry Association which he helped start. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bedford Fire Department, Bedford Fire and Rescue or the Main Street United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Ecklund and Rev. Mark Flores officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Everett Kent Wood Jr.

Everett Kent Wood, Jr. of Bedford, VA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Lynchburg General Hospital on October 21, 2014. He was born on October 27,1952 to Everett Kent Wood, Sr. and the late Esther Marie Hall Wood. In addition to his mother he was preceded by his sister, Debra Fay Wood and his father-in-law William Kenneth Clark. "JR" as he was affectionately known, was employed by the City of Bedford for 38 years having retired in 2011 due to health problems. He was one of the charter members of the Bedford Junior Lifesaving Crew and served with the crew for 20 years. In addition to his father, he is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Robin Clark Wood; his brother, Marvin Wayne Wood; his mother-in-law, Frances H. Clark; his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, numerous friends and his best fishing and hunting buddies, Mark Smith and Mike, Laurie and Nathan Cook. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, with Pastor Jon Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Bedford Lifesaving Crew, P O Box 161, Bedford, VA 24523; Bedford Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 508, Bedford, VA 24523, The National Kidney Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford VA, 540-586-7360.

Emma Delorus Lodge

Miss Emma Delorus Lodge, 93, of Bedford, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Lynchburg. Born, May 9, 1921 in Bedford, she was the daughter of the late, Luther Mason Lodge and Myrtle Booker Lodge. Emma was also preceded in death by her three brothers. She was a long-time employee of the Bedford Silk Mill later named Bedford Weaving Mill before retiring and was a lifetime member of Thaxton Baptist Church. Emma is survived by nephews, Joseph A. Lodge (Naomi), Michael E. Lodge and Randy B. Lodge (Betty). She also leaves numerous great nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Thaxton Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Melvin H. Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the Thaxton Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1hour prior to the service and following the service at the home of Randy and Betty Lodge. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Cathryn M. Collins Camden

Camden CathrynCathryn Collins Camden, 95, of Bedford, died Monday, October 13, 2014 at Campbell Rest Home. She was born in Bedford, VA on January 30, 1919 a daughter of the late Charles Robert Hurt and Grace Truman Mitchell Hurt. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank B. Collins and her second husband, Hayden B. Camden; her sisters, Alice Agee and Betsy Hurt. Cathryn was the supervisor at Campbell Rest Home for many years and was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She is survived by her children, Frank B. "Tommy" Collins and wife, Jeanne; H. B. Camden and wife, Joyce; Nina C. Wood and Cathy Bowyer Neas; her grandchildren, Chris and Eric Collins, Hali (Kyle) Griswold and Lydia Wood, Jeremy ( Stephanie) Johnson, Michael and Megan Camden, Thomas (Mandy) Bowyer, Travis Bowyer and Taylor (Dessie) Neas; nine great-grandchildren. Her family would like to send a special thank you to all that cared for Cathryn, including Dr. Brian D. Buchanan, Dr. Linda Beahm, Centra Bedford Hospice, Mary Jo and Bobby Jo, Campbell Rest Home and her church family, St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 9575 Big Island Hwy, Bedford, VA 24523. A celebration of her life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with Rev. Becky Crites officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Gary Michael Biggio

Biggio GaryGary Michael Biggio, 59, of Bedford died Monday, October 13, 2014. He was born on February 3, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in North Babylon, NY by his parents Olive Carnella Biggio of Bedford, VA and the late Raymond Francis Biggio. Gary graduated from Suffolk County Community College with a criminal justice degree. Upon moving to Lynchburg he completed the Lynchburg Police Academy and was hired by B & W were Gary retired after 32 years. His passions in life were spending time with his family, hiking, biking, his turtle farm, his Toyota trucks and he was so cheerful you could always hear him whistling. In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lenora Marie Biggio, three children, Adriane, Alan and his wife, Jodi and Brian Biggio; a grandson, Oliver Biggio; four brothers, Raymond and his wife, Debby; Jack and his wife, Beth; Ron and Paul; a sister, Rosie and her husband, Bob. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 2224 23rd St SE, Roanoke, VA 24014. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Father Salvador AƱonuevo presiding. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.