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Obituaries

Charles Michael "Mike" Farmer

Farmer CharlesCharles Michael Farmer, “Mike”, passed away at his home May 25, 2017 following a long illness with cancer. He was the loving husband of Patricia Womack Farmer for 50 years. He was born on June 16, 1947 to Geraldine Kirby Farmer and the late Charles Lewis Farmer of Lynchburg. Charles was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia. In addition to his wife and mother he is survived by his children; Amy Farmer Hensley and husband Jeremy and Katie Farmer Hall and husband Scott; seven grandchildren, Maddison, Kelsey, Emily, Haleigh, Riley, Amber and Nick. Mike was employed at Areva for 40 years. He served in the Army for two years in Vietnam. Mike was a member of Timberlake Methodist Church. He had an amazing faith in God and demonstrated his faith in the way he lived. Next to God and his family, he loved nature, gardening and fishing. His loving and generous nature will be greatly missed by many. A graveside service for family was held, May 26, 2017 at Fort Hill Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Brad Bell. In lieu of flowers his family request you please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Albert Wayne Sloss

Sloss AlbertAlbert Wayne Sloss, 77, of Bedford, died Friday, May 19, 2017. He was born January 7, 1940, in Bedford County, a son of the late Bertrand Lee Sloss and Virginia Woodford Sloss. Al is survived by his wife Gloria Wood Sloss; two sons, Gary Sloss and wife Debbie, Michael Sloss and wife Lisa; two brothers, Jerry Sloss and wife Dora, Phillip Sloss and wife Susan, one grandson, Alan Lee Sloss and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 22 , 2017, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA 24523, with Randy Krantz officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Bonnie Marie Canders Given

Bonnie Marie Canders Given, 70, of Bedford, died Friday, May 19, 2017, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 26, 1947 in Greenville, Maine, a daughter of the late Hanford Hartley Canders and Vera Leet Canders. In addition to her parents Bonnie was preceded in death by twin daughters Heidi and Heather Given; and granddaughter, Piper Moore. Bonnie is survived by a daughter, Amanda Moore; son, Hartley Canders Given and wife Sherri; sisters, Wendy Cole and husband Stephen, Vickie Canders; granddaughter, Kassidy Given; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held on 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev Paul Greer officiating. Reception to follow at the Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Chandler James Golding

Golding ChandlerChandler James Golding, 14, was struck and killed on May 19, 2017, while riding his bicycle near his home in Natural Bridge, VA. He was born in Stuart, FL, on September 17, 2002, to Christopher and Stacey Golding. He resided in Bedford County where he attended Otter River Elementary and Forest Middle School. He moved to Natural Bridge in 2016 and was a freshman student at Rockbridge County High School. Chandler was an amazing young man, wise beyond his years, who touched the hearts of all he met. He was a kind & gentle soul who always put the needs of others before his own. He loved being outdoors and especially loved riding his bike with his dog Shiloh running by his side. He loved sports, hiking, throwing the football with his dad and brother. He had so much fun singing & laughing with his mom & sister. He had such a big smile, a big hug and an even bigger heart. He loved to make people laugh and easily found humor in ordinary things. He brought joy and happiness to those who befriended him, both young and old. His kindness and compassion, generosity and faith, along with a strong sense of justice and righteousness made for a beautifully balanced personality. He lived his short life in the very best way possible, serving his God and sharing his faith and the Bible’s message of comfort and hope with others. He was a member of the North Lexington Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Chandler is survived by his mother, Stacey Kurpik Golding of Natural Bridge; father and step-mother, Christopher and Claire Golding, Bedford; brother, Caleb Golding, Bedford; sister, Ciara Golding, Lexington; paternal grandmother, Wanda Golding (Nana), Bedford; maternal grandparents, Ken and Joan Kurpik (Mimi & Popi), Lexington; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lynwood Golding, Bedford. A Memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Natural Bridge Hotel, (Washington Hall) 15 Appledore Lane, Natural Bridge, VA 24578. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Madeleine Mary Soler

Soler Madeleine 2Madeleine Mary Soler (Brady) passed away peacefully on May 18, 2017 in Bedford, Virginia. She was born to John P. and Madeleine Brady in Newark, NJ in 1926. She graduated from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in New York as a registered nurse in 1953, and immediately thereafter took her vows as Sister Marie Philomena with the Sisters of Charity of Mt. St. Vincent in New York City. She subsequently obtained an M.S. and Ed. D. from Columbia University Teachers College in 1976, and taught in and led the psychiatric nursing program at St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in NYC. After twenty plus years serving others as a religious sister she left the convent to take care of her aging father and continued her work at St. Vincent’s as a lay women. Madeleine married Robert E. Soler in 1976 in Newark; they later retired to Bedford and lived a happy and loving life together, while staying active in the Church, American Association of University Women, Master Gardeners, and her love of painting. She was predeceased by her husband Robert “Bob” in 2008, her “Renaissance Man”, her beloved brother, John P. Brady Jr., in 2013 and stepson Steven R. Soler in 1995. Madeleine is survived by her Brady nieces and nephews, Peter, John III, Madeleine, Dennis, Mary (Finlay), and their children, her stepdaughters Christina and Nancy Soler, her step-grandchildren Sarah and Gunnar Goodwin as well as her sister in law Mary C. Brady. Madeleine will be remembered for her kind and charitable soul, her extremely sharp wit, her unending positivity and enthusiasm, and her deep devotion to the Lord. She was blessed with many friends, most especially Rita and Philip Zimmermann of Bedford who visited and comforted her regularly in her later years of illness. The Mass of Christian Burial is at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Bedford on Wednesday, May 24 at 11:00am (with visitation 10-11am), followed by a reception at the parish hall. Burial will follow the cremation on May 26, at 1:00pm at Resurrection Cemetery, Moneta. Rest peacefully, beautiful Madeleine. We will forever love and miss you. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Paul Henry Amos

Amos PaulPaul Henry Amos, 80, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was born on June 15, 1936, a son of the late William Amos and Gladys Virginia Dooley Amos. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Parker Amos; brothers, Jessie Amos and Lenford Amos. He was a retired longtime employee of The City of Bedford with thirty-seven years and six months service. Paul’s enjoyment in life was gardening, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He was a long time member of Cool Springs Presbyterian Church. The family requests those wishing to make memorials to consider Cool Springs Presbyterian Church, 6009 Murray Hollow Road, Thaxton, VA 24174. He is survived by brothers, Woodrow Amos, Calvin Amos, Berkley Amos, Marvin Amos, Danny Amos, Jerry Amos; sisters, Jane Ruff, Helen Parker; his children, Terry Amos, Debra Hunter, Becky Stanley and husband, Dale, Scotty Amos and wife, Dena; a special granddaughter, Jessica Behrens and husband, Bobby and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Pastor Geoff Hubbard and Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Janice Lynn Fowler Johnson

Johnson Janice FowlerJanice Lynn Fowler Johnson, 54, of Bedford, died Thursday, May 11, 2017. She was born on June 23, 1962, in Logan Co. West Virginia, a daughter of the late Delbert Ray Fowler and Roseanne Harrison Fowler. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Fowler and Robert Fowler. Janice is survived by her husband of 16 years, Ronald Lee Johnson; stepchildren, Erin Homan (Jimmy), Karl Johnson (Megan), Caryn Johnson; sisters, Gloria Brown, Lois Osborne (David); two step grandchildren; special sister-in-law, Louanne Fowler; numerous other family and friends. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Kidney Foundation, 1622 East Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228 or 1622 or American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Leslie Behrens Meyer

Meyer MaryMary Leslie Behrens Meyer, 81, of Smith Mountain Lake, died Saturday, May 6, 2017. She was born in Covington, KY, on October 22, 1935, a daughter of the late Joseph “Les” Behrens and Helen Recker Behrens. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister, Regina Russell. Mary was a retired registered nurse and a communicant of Resurrection Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Raymond Julius Meyer; children, Bruce and Kathy Cottle; nieces, Leslie Klein, Amy Black; nephew, David Black; cousin, Ruth Doering; grandchildren, Jennifer Sliter, Amy Freifeld; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Sliter; great-nieces and nephews, Tyler, Julianna, and Matthew Klein; special friends, Charles and Phyllis Chauvin; and many other cousins, friends, and family. Memorial donations may be made to Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, VA 24121. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 10, at Resurrection Catholic Church, with Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrating. Family will receive friends 9:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Linda Faye Layne Trent

Trent LindaLinda Faye Layne Trent, 66, of Bedford, died Thursday, May 4, 2017. She was born in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 1950, a daughter of the late Herbert Layne and Rachel Allen Miller. She is survived by her brother, Virgil Day Layne; step-sisters, Rachel Whorley and husband Daryl, Emma Andrews; nephew, Brett Phelps and wife Jessica. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Bedford Church of God, 1212 E. Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523. A Memorial service will be held, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at Bedford Church of God. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Peggy Sue Meador Hensley

Hensley PeggyPeggy Sue Meador Hensley, 85, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The cause of death was pneumonia. She was the widow of David F. Hensley, who died June of 2016. They were married for 64 years. Peggy was the youngest daughter and last surviving child of Zola Hurt Meador and Steven Grady Meador. In addition to her husband and parents, Peggy was preceded in death by her brothers, Rucker, Gilbert, Beverly, and Jimmie Meador; sisters, Ruby M. Hunter and Edna M. Southall. Peggy was born on January 7, 1932, in the Diamond Hill community of Moneta, and was a graduate of Moneta High School, Class of 1950. She was employed by General Electric Corporation in Lynchburg for 28 years, retiring in 1988. In her spare time Peggy pursued her interest in arts and crafts, and was a certified ceramics teacher. She is survived by her daughter, Candace S. Hensley; sisters-in-law, Helen S. Meador, Alice M. Meador, Marjorie F. Hensley; brothers-in-law, John W. Hensley, Richard L. Hensley and wife, Phyllis H. Hensley; special cousin, Helen J. Cox; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 8, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Sedalia, with Pastor Ross Gilfillen officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 12 Noon. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.