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Obituaries

Diane M. Rygielski

Diane M. Rygielski, 66, of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, September 23, 2017. She was born in Utica, New York on October 14, 1950, and was the daughter of the late James V. Yates and Nora Mae Schultz of Utica, NY. Diane moved to Lynchburg VA in 1997, where she was an employee of Centra Health for 19 years. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, James B. Yates and Carole Yates; two nephews, Daniel and David Yates all of Clinton NY; two sons and daughter in laws, Richard M. and Lisa A Modie Jr. of Monroe, VA and Andrew K. and Angela R. Modie of Rustburg, VA; five grandchildren, Jessica Wilson, Richard Modie III, Autumn Modie, Danielle Modie, and Chase Phelps; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her immediate family she is survived by two devoted longtime friends, Linda Roberts of New Hartford, NY and Nancy Talbot of Lynchburg, VA and her beloved fur baby, Marley along with many friends and coworkers of Centra Health. The Family would like to thank Centra Health Hospice, and Oncology Unit for their care and concern of Ms. Diane M. Rygielski along with a special thank you to UVA Medical Oncology Team. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial contribution to either American Breast Cancer Society or Lynchburg Humane Society. The Family will hold a gathering in remembrance of Diane's life, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017, at her home, 1116 Toledo Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24502. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ronald Eugene Denton

Ronald Eugene Denton, 61, of Altavista, died Thursday, September 21, 2017. He was born in Lynchburg, VA, on August 27, 1956, a son of Irene Barrett Denton and the late Walter Clarence Denton. Ronald served his country in the United States Army. He is survived by his daughters, Crystal Denton and fiancé Geoff McCall, Tanya Coggins and husband Jon; brother, Robert Denton; grandson, Dylan Coggins; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Russell Mayhue

John Russell Mayhue, 91, of Bedford, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017. A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Raleigh Wayne Hedrick

Hedrick RaleighRaleigh Wayne Hedrick, 73, of Evington, died Saturday, September 16, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Pittsylvania County and was the son of the late Raleigh Van Hedrick and Catherine Compton Hedrick. Wayne loved spending time with his family and had many projects that he enjoyed working on, especially outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time in his ministry and he attended Altavista Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Wayne is survived by his wife, Audry Lyn Dotson Hedrick; one son, Bruce Wayne Hedrick (Freda); daughter, Sherry Hedrick Bing (Jay); sisters, Jane Dotson (Phillip), Cynthia Stone (John), Gloria Mattox (Paul); seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well as extended family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all. The family would like to thank Centra Health and Centra Hospice. A special thank you to Michelle King who was a blessing to Wayne and his family. A very special thank you to Dr. Stephen Rennyson for the wonderful care he provided Wayne through the years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to the Altavista Kingdom Hall or Centra Hospice. A Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Altavista Kingdom Hall, 652 Riverbend Rd. Altavista, VA 24517 with Elder Edward Carr officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Joseph Reinwald, Sr.

John Joseph Reinwald, Sr., 68, of Bedford, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church with Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrating.A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ethel Richards Giles

Giles EthelEthel Richards Giles, 98, of Montvale, went to her Heavenly home Wednesday, September 13, 2017. She was born in Roanoke, VA, November 25, 1918, a daughter of the late Willie T. Richards and Nora Parcell Richards. Ethel was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Edgar C. Giles; son Richard C. Giles; four sisters; and three brothers. Ethel is survived by her son, Dennis Giles and friend, Shanyn Hansen; granddaughters, Dana Marie Rowland and husband Buddy, Jessica Lynn Perdue and husband Logan; great-grandchildren, Zoe Lynn Rowland, Rieker Oakley Perdue; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Ethel was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. A Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Montvale Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Montvale Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Friday, September 15, 2017 at Burch Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA 24523. Burch Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.

Warren Ray Bobbitt

Bobbitt WarrenWarren Ray Bobbitt, 74, of Moneta passed away Friday, September 8, 2017. He was the son of the late Robert Lee Bobbitt and Sarah Perdue Bobbitt.   He was the loving husband of Betty Martin Bobbitt. Warren was preceded in death by two brothers; Richard Bobbitt and Floyd Bobbitt. In addition to his wife, Warren is survived by; two daughters, Sherie Bobbitt and husband Richard Fulcher and Lisa Bobbitt and husband Scott Stump; a son, Terry Bobbitt, a sister, Teeny Bell Miller; seven grandchildren, Harry Bobbitt, Daniel Bobbitt, Chester Bobbitt, Spencer Bobbitt, Dylan Sowers, Tyler Lewis and Yvonne Hylton; one great grandchild, Maddox Hylton; special nephew, Timmy Bobbitt; a cousin, Debbie Bonds and husband Lee and five dogs, Bear, Ella, Lady, Snoopy and Maggie. Donations can be made to the Bedford Humane Society, 829 Old Turnpike Drive, Bedford, VA 24523. Per dads’ wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford 540-586-7360.

Carson Franklin Craig, Sr.

Craig CarsonCarson Franklin Craig, Sr., 80, of Bedford, died Thursday, September 7, 2017. He was born in Bedford, VA, on April 11, 1937, a son of the late John Malcolm Craig and LuLa Mae Ware Craig. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Warren Frye. Carson was a kind and loving man who was devoted to his kids and family. He was a landscaper and was very proud of his lawn care business. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Wilson Craig; sons, Carson Craig, Jr. and wife, Christina, Dale Frye and wife, Chessie; daughters, Vickie Dooley, Wanda Brown, Rhonda Wood; brothers, Carl Craig and wife, Dot, Warren Craig; sister, Elva Craig; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 11, at Mount Hermon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Lafon officiating. A burial will follow in Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 Noon until the time of the funeral. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Laura O'Hara Beckman Rodes

Rodes LauraLaura O’Hara Beckman Rodes, 66, of Bedford, died Thursday, August 31, 2017. She was born in Aurora, IL, on May 10, 1951, a daughter of the late Carl William Beckman and Eileen Brent Beckman. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her grandparents. Laura was a graduate of St. Mary’s College and Lynchburg College. She was riding instructor for many years as well as being a horse trainer, pony breeder, and homemaker. She was honored by the Va. Horse Shows Association with a perpetual trophy: “Laura Beckman Rodes Perpetual Championship Trophy". She volunteered with the Heifer Project, Bedford Christian Ministries, and Christmas in April. She worked for Sprint, Wiley and Wilson, AREVA and was director of sales at the Sheraton Hotel. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, James Robert Rodes, Jr.; children, James Robert Rodes, III, Charles Alexander Rodes, Sarah Katherine Rodes, Ryan Carl Rodes; sister, Eileen Randolph “Randee” Beckman; brother, Philip Beckman; a niece, Katie Gardner; a nephew, Will Gardner. In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 9575 Big Island Hwy, Bedford, VA 24523, or the Heifer Project, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 9, 2017, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with Rev. F. Wilson Brown officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Sandra Lee "Sandy" Dooley Robertson

Robertson SandySandra Lee “Sandy” Dooley Robertson, 75, of Thaxton, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017. She was born in Bedford County on March 2, 1942, a daughter of the late Hamid Newton Dooley and Doris Louise Dooley. Her husband of 59 years preceded her in death two weeks ago on August 16, 2017, Elbert Jackson “Jinkey” Robertson. Sandra retired from Carilion after many years of dedicated service, providing care as a nursing assistant and home health nurse. She loved to cook, feed the birds and squirrels as well as walking and exercising with her friends. Sandra also loved NASCAR especially Jeff Gordon. Sandra is survived by her son, Greg Robertson; daughter, Kim Ashwell and husband, Jimmy; grandson, Carey Ashwell; her sister, Peggy Key; her brother, Charles “Poochie” Dooley and his wife, Cheri of Raleigh, NC; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. A funeral service will be held 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 2, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, with Rev. Danny Holdren officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.