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Obituaries

Marvin Adrian Campbell

Campbell MarvinMarvin Adrian Campbell, 94, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 18, 2017. He was born in Bedford County, on April 20, 1923, a son late John Manley Campbell and Mamie Painter Campbell. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Milam Campbell and nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by his sons, Donald M. Campbell, John A. Campbell and wife, Carol; granddaughter, Lora Campbell; grandson, Donnie Campbell and wife Michelle; great-grandson, River Blue; great-granddaughter, Ivy Rae; two favorite nieces, Penny and Bonnie; great friends of many years, Herbert Nichols, O.S. Noel, Kermit Croft, Buddy Craighead, and last but not least the late William Waldo “Bill” Johnson. Marvin’s favorite hobby was going out with his friends to a dance anywhere, anytime. He was a life member of the Bedford Moose Lodge and the Ponderosa Sportsman Club. He was partners with his son John for many years at Farm Service Co. in Lynchburg and with his son Donnie at the family farm in Thaxton. Our father received the greatest care at home by these angels for the past year, Beckie Wheeler Robertson, Joyce Wheeler Zdenek, Judy Powell, Pam Sheppard, Joyce Hogan, Donna Woods, and Jean Fizer. We are grateful for the help provided by hospice. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 26, at Thaxton Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Giganti officiating. A burial will follow at Thaxton Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Terry Arthur Gardner

Gardner TerryTerry Arthur Gardner, 58, of Bedford, passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, November 17, 2017. He was born in Bedford County, on November 18, 1958, a son of the late Harry Lee Gardner and Mildred Arthur Gardner. Terry helped form the Goode Recreation Association and worked tirelessly to touch the lives of children and their families. He always supported his kids and grandkids on and off the ball field throughout their endeavors. He is survived by his daughters, Ryan Gardner, Ashley Gardner; son, Brice Gardner and wife, Jennifer; brother, Roger Gardner and wife, Debbie; sisters, Janet Hicks, Karen Gardner; grandchildren, Bayleigh Gardner, Kassidy Parker; special friend, Tara Cheek; and numerous nieces, nephew, and cousins. The family would like to thank Dr. Linda Beahm and the entire staff of Bedford Hospice House for their wonderful care of Terry during his last few weeks. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Bedford Hospice House, 1025 Turning Point Road, Bedford, VA, 24523. A Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Rev. Rick Dellinger officiating. A burial will follow at Virginia Memorial Park, Forest, VA. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Albert White

White JohnJohn Albert White, 75, of Smith Mountain Lake and Forest, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017. He passed away as he lived, on his own terms. John, the loving husband, father, grandfather and businessman was a fiercely independent individual, outspoken and stubborn as hell. He was quirky, direct and abrasive to some, but also generous, kind, and a fiercely loyal and tenacious friend to many more. John is survived by Norma, his wife of 50 years; two sons, Jay (Chris) and Matt (Abbie); and two grandchildren, Eliza and Peyton. He is also survived by his sisters, Eleanor Tabor and Susan (Paul) Henderson; his sister-in-law, Audrey; and brother-in-law, Bobby (Doris); and nine nieces and nephews, Tommy, Melissa, Becky, Ellen, Dave Jr., Wade, David, Daryl, and Donna. His many business successes are well-known. Lesser known are the dozens of non-profit organizations that he started, sustained and supported. He was a founder of the Bedford Area Educational Foundation, EastLake Business Association and the Smith Mountain Lake Coalition. He also donated to and supported many, many area non-profit organizations, including Lake Christian Ministries, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Couples & Kids, Forest Youth Athletic Association, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and many more. Not one to seek recognition for his philanthropy, there are many donations and acts of kindness that John chose not to publicize. A celebration of John’s life will take place at Benjamin’s Restaurant, 14900 Forest Road, from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday, November 19. All are welcome to attend and share stories. Memorial contributions: Bedford Area Educational Foundation, PO Box 2434, Forest, VA 24551; www.bedfordeducation.com. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.

Thomas Russell Fielder

Fielder ThomasThomas Russell Fielder, 94, of Bedford, died Sunday, November 12, 2017. He was born in Franklin County on June 3, 1923, a son of the late Russell Lowell Fielder and Euby Thurman Fielder. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Melvin Fielder, James Fielder; his sisters, Marjorie Fielder Atkinson, Ruby Fielder Gibbs; and nephew, Stuart L. Fielder. Tom was a quiet soft spoken man with a great sense of humor. He never lost his manners. When his family came to visit him at Carriage Hill he would always say “come in the house and have a seat” as he would pat his bed for them to sit down. He would offer them his drinks and some of the treats they had just brought him. When he was young he used to buy them penny candy. Pam lived next door to him and she got a few cavities as a result. As he got older he developed quite a sweet tooth himself so on his family’s weekly visits they always arrived with a bag of treats for him. He immediately went for the tootsie rolls, peppermint candy, and juicy fruit which was his favorite gum and he always put them straight in his shirt pocket. As a person he was the kindness man we ever knew. He will be missed by all his family members and will be in our hearts forever. We lost an angel and heaven gained one. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Australia O. Fielder; nephew, Jimmy Fielder, devoted nieces, Janice Fielder Abbott who gave him haircuts and manicures, Pam Fielder Cyrus who saw that he got to all of his doctor appointments and met him at the emergency room, Peggy Gibbs DeLong, Betty Jean Gibbs Owen, Patty Fielder Johnson, Phyllis Atkinson Layne; three devoted great-nieces, Erica Abbott Whorley, Kelly and Crystal Fielder, who visited him when they were in town; seventeen great-great-nieces and nephews; and his wonderful roommate and friend, Mr. James Browe. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers and staff at Carriage Hill for their care of Tom while he was there. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mark Paul Koch

Koch MarkMark Paul Koch, 74, of Huddleston, VA, passed away on November 11, 2017, at Lynchburg General Hospital. Mark was born in Humboldt, Nebraska, on November 3, 1943 a son of the late Arzella Hassler Koch and Francis Mark Koch. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 52 years, Mickie Marshall Koch; his children, Ellie Koch Elledge (John Elledge, Jr) of North Wilkesboro, NC, Mark Jonathan Koch (Sandra McEwan) of Chesterfield, VA, Paula Koch Miller of Troutman, NC; Margie Koch Askins of Hendersonville, NC; his grandchildren whom loved him beyond measure and who affectionately called him “Papa”, Spencer Garrett Koch (Alexa Crouch), Connor Shamus Elledge, Sarah Catherine Koch, Tristan Niall Elledge, Walter Grant Miller III, Jonathan Cary Koch, James Holloway Askins III, Emmaline Louise Miller, Sophia Mary Greene; and one cherished great-grandson, Mark-Joseph Garrett Koch. He is also survived by his only sibling, Paula Koch Sayker (Jerry Sayker) of Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961 and joined the U.S. Navy where he served as an HM3 for 3½ years. Following his discharge, he worked for Lowes Companies, Inc. over the course of 30 years and across three states (Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina). Upon retiring, Mark and his wife settled in Huddleston, VA at Smith Mountain Lake where he served as a volunteer for Lake Christian Ministries and on the Board of Directors for Our Lady of the Valley Nursing Home. Mark has been a devoted member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, VA since 1997. Known for his honesty and integrity, sense of humor, generosity, and faithfulness, Mark leaves behind a legacy of love and gratitude that lives on in the hearts of his family, which includes many adored nieces and nephews as well as an abundance of exceptional friends and special neighbors. He will be dearly and profoundly missed by all who knew him. Per Mark’s request, a private family service will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Anthony Anziulewicz M.D.

Anzuilewicz JohnJohn A. Anziulewicz, M.D., of Moneta, VA passed away at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, following a short illness. Dr. Anziulewicz was born on December 27, 1929, in Throop, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Anna Anziulewicz; and a brother, Raymond Anzel. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia Anziulewicz; sons, Charles Anziulewicz of Charleston, WV, Matthew Anziulewicz of Roanoke, VA; daughters, Ann & son-in-law Ignacio Cardenas, M.D. of Vienna, WV, Sharon Layman of Roanoke, and son-in-law Eric Layman of Fincastle; and seven grandchildren, Madison & Christopher Irwin, M.D., Cameron, Tyler and Luke Cardenas, John Michael King, Emma & Garrett Layman. He received his M.D. at SUNY College of Medicine in Syracuse, NY. He served his country in the United States Navy as Chief Medical Officer aboard the USS Arneb during Operation Deep Freeze, a resupply operation to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He worked in the Emergency Room at Bethesda Suburban Hospital and the AEC. He then did a specialty in Radiology at Washington (DC) Hospital Center. He moved to Bluefield, WV and worked at Bluefield Community Hospital and his private Radiology practice as well as Medical Instructor at Bluefield State College School of Radiologic Technology. He retired to Smith Mountain Lake, where he lived happily for 30 years with his wife. Dr. Anziulewicz and his wife attended Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Bedford, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity, of your choice, in his memory. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 20, at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church with Father Stephen McNally celebrating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow in the social hall. A private interment will follow at Resurrection Catholic Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Charles Thomas Jobe

Jobe Charles 1Charles Thomas Jobe, a Korean War Army veteran, entered the gates of Heaven October 20, 2017. He was born, on June 13, 1933, in Atkins, Arkansas, a son of the late Mitch and Margaret Jobe. Charles was a champion high school pole vaulter and was on the boxing team. He loved baseball in his younger years and played in the city leagues. He and his bride moved to California in 1950. He worked as an agricultural mechanic specializing in John Deere Farm equipment. In his later years he was a DJ for a Christian radio station. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 67 years, Alice Jobe of Goode, VA; son, Ron Jobe and wife, Tracey of Fresno, CA; daughter, Cheryl Montecino and husband, Larry of Goode, VA; grandchildren, Wes Segler, Zachary Jobe, Norma Dunn, Anna Montecino, Linda Chavarria, and Larry Montecino III, all of CA. Memorial donations may be made to Norwood Baptist Church, 1045 Random Way, Forest, VA 24551. A Celebration of life will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Norwood Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Childers officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 16. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Jesse Glenn "Goat" Phillips, Sr.

Phillips Jesse 4Jesse Glenn “Goat” Phillips, Sr., 54, of Bedford, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017. He was born on June 5, 1963, a son of Annie Bell Karnes Phillips and the late John Glenwood Phillips. Jesse loved his family, playing with his great nieces and nephews, and going out with his friends but he was always eager to get back home to check on his sweet mother. He could run fast as lightening in his earlier years and enjoyed baseball and softball. He was a Miami Dolphins fan, and loved Waylon Jennings and oldie but goodie TV shows like The Golden Girls and Alf. You could give him an ice cold one and a set of washer boards or horseshoes and he was in heaven. Jesse was a simple guy who would give you the shirt off his back and anyone that was around him for very long knew he wouldn’t hesitate to speak his mind. He will be missed by many and his family would like to thank those that picked him up often. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Jesse Glenn Phillips Jr. and wife, Alyssa; brothers, Jeffrey Allen Phillips, Frank James Phillips and wife, Melinda, Dennis Ray Phillips, Sr. and wife, Crystal; nieces, Tiffany Renee Phillips and fiancé, Chad Dooley, Katessa Stout and fiancé, Trevor Flora, nephews, Dennis Ray Phillips, Jr. and fiancée, Jasmine Dixon, Travis James Phillips, Bo Daniel Weeks; great-nieces, Alexa Renee Dooley, Kiyah Miche Phillips, Callie Stout; great-nephews, Alstin Edward Dooley and Easton Flora. A Memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 26, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Shirley Dean Gillespie Turner

Turner ShirleyShirley Gillispie Turner, 79, claimed the promise of the resurrection on Tuesday, October 17, after a long 11 year battle with Alzheimer’s. Born in Stanleytown, VA on July 8, 1938, she was the youngest daughter of the late Vince and Irene Gillispie. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jack K. Turner; her son, Jerry Dean Turner; her sister, Elizabeth Payne and husband, Eldridge; and brother, Emory Gillispie and wife, Geraldine. Shirley is survived by one son, Reverend Jack “Steve” Turner and his wife, Robin; three grandchildren, Aaron Turner and wife, Karen, Jennifer Vieau and husband, Todd, Nathan Turner and wife, Paige; four great-grandchildren, Ashton, Christian, Andrew, and Cole; and by many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 Noon, on Friday, October 20, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Reverend Steve Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Cumby Cemetery in Rustburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel and at all other times at the residence of her son, 2045 Sunburst Road, Evington, VA 24550. The family would like to thank the nurses of VA Baptist MISU unit and Centra Hospice Guggenheimer’s for their love and support. Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Samaritan’s Purse for hurricane relief. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Linda Sue Vaughn

Vaughn LindaLinda Sue Vaughn, 73, of Blairs, VA and formally of Eden, NC, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017. She was born on January 5, 1944 a daughter of the late William Edward Vaughn and Geneva Danaho Vaughn. She is survived by her son, James Randall “Randy” Mabe of Orlando, FL; long time companion, Donald Nester of Blairs, VA; two brothers, Eddie Vaughn of Greensboro, NC, Jerry Vaughn of Eden NC; two close family friends, Shiann Baker and Doris Minter both of Eden, NC. A Celebration of Life and gathering of friends will be held 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 5, at Boone Road Community Center, 606 Boone Road, Eden, NC 27288. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.