William Elmer "Bill" Williamson, 76, of Bedford died, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Roanoke on October 23, 1938 a son of the late Lewis George Williamson and Mabel Burchette Williamson. He was a Navy Veteran serving on the U.S.S. New Jersey (BB62) and was retired from Sam Moore for 40 years and he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Darlene Arthur Williamson; a son, Mark Williamson and his children, Charlotte Williamson and Holden Williamson; a daughter, Natalie Williamson; two step grandchildren, Griffin Ashwell and his family; Roberta Ashwell and her family; six step-great-grandchildren; a special first cousin, Carolyn Burchette of Oklahoma; his buddies, Little Joe and Cody. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Family will receive friends 6 -8 p.m., Monday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery with Navy military honors. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Howard Lee "Pee Wee" St. Clair, 83, of Bedford, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Grundy, VA on November 15, 1931 a son of the late Clarence E. St. Clair and Myrtle Tucker St. Clair. He was a National Guard for 25 years and was a PFC Army veteran serving in the Korean War from 11/15/53 to 9/25/55 and was retired from Patterson Brothers Paving. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Mae Porter St. Clair. He is survived by his children, Tony St. Clair and wife, Denise; Gail St. Clair and fiancée, Scott McGuire; Judy Welch and husband, Donnie; Troy St. Clair; thirteen grandchildren, Tanya, Chris, Michael, Keasha, Jason, James, Jeremy, Carly, Courtney, Andy, Cody, Emily and Victoria; fourteen great-grandchildren; three brothers, Billy St. Clair, Red St. Clair and Jimmy St. Clair; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Rachel Snead and Ray Turpin. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Rick Dellinger officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.
Joseph R. Burnett, Sr., 86, of Hillsville, formally of Bedford, passed away on July10, 2015. Joe was a Korean War Veteran and served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He worked for many years and retired from Ayers Lumber Company in Bedford. He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother, Ewuell Acree and Mary Jim Burnett, of Bedford, one son, Rodney (Roddy) Allen Burnett, of Hillsville; two brothers, John William (Bill) Burnett, of Villamont and Charles C. Burnett, of Vinton. He is survived by two sons; Joseph Richard (Ricky) Burnette, Jr. (Miriam), of Roanoke, Roderick (Rocky) Clayton Burnette (Lynette), of Kennesaw, GA and one daughter, Dawn Renee Burnette Groseclose, of Hillsville and one "special daughter-in-law", Debra Jean Webb of Hillsville. Four brothers: James Burnett of Bedford, Everett Burnett (Etta) of Bedford, VA, Harvey Burnett (Edna) of Roanoke, Ray Burnett (Hazel) of Goode, and a sister, Molly Catron of Bedford. Grandchildren are Roxanne Foster (Trevor) of Kennesaw GA, Jacklyn Stanley (Matthew) of Hillsville, Zachery Burnette of Goode, Corey Burnette (Lena) of Kennesaw GA, Lindsey Burnette, of Roanoke, and Jennifer Lawson (Andy) of Hillsville. Pa Pa Joe is also survived by seven Great Grandchildren, Keller, Lila, and Crew Foster, of Kennesaw GA, Braydon Burnette and Macon Murch, of Bedford, Lilly Burnette, of Kennesaw GA and Christian Burnette, of Roanoke and Baby Lawson due in November 2015. Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery, Bedford at 3 pm, Pastor Phillip Kelley of Timber Ridge Baptist Church officiating. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion. The family will receive friends at the Burch Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Earl Andrew Burley, 87, of Big Island passed away on July 1, 2015 at Avante of Lynchburg. He was born in Covington on October 30, 1927 to the late Andrew Matt Burley and Blanche Dressler Burley. He is preceded in death by three sisters; Helen Elois Smith, Dorothy Alice Cauley and Francis Carol Smith. He is survived by his wife, Doris Logwood Burley of 67 years. Also surviving him is a sister; Marion Burley Williams and husband Leroy (Willie) Williams, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and four special friends Kenneth Goff and wife Gail, John Robert Rusher and Frankie Byers. Earl retired from Owens Illinois (Big Island Paper Mill) after 32 years. He was a member of Big Island Methodist Church. He had an honorable discharge from the navy. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at Big Island Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Elsie Lorraine Tyree Steadman, 85 of Lynchburg passed away peacefully at her residence on June 28, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Lazarus Tyree and Eliza Stinnette Tyree. She was preceded in death by three sisters; Louise Arrington, Trudy Meadows and Marion Wade; a brother; Lewis Tyree: a grandson; Justin Michael Tyree: a special friend Herbert Manley; and her husband Enoch Steadman. She is survived by a daughter and long-time caregiver, Lois Cyrus (Ronnie); two grandchildren, Jason and Whitney Gowen (Mike) of Lynchburg; seven great grandchildren; Hannah, Xavier, Alyssa, Caedmon, Jordan, Kierra and Kaidon; a special son in law, Jr. Gowen and numerous nieces and nephews. She is retired from First Colony Life Insurance Company and was a faithful member of Eternal Baptist Church. She loved Jesus and her family and was always willing to help others. She will truly be missed by the many people who knew and loved her. The family wishes to thank Dr. John Williams and his staff for all their help and support along the years, as well as Centra Hospice for their compassion during such a devastating loss. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in memory to The Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, Va. 22901 or The Lynchburg Humane Society, 1211 Old Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, Va., 24502. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 3 at 7 pm at Eternal Baptist Church,623 Thomas Road, Madison Heights, family will receive friends one hour prior. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
John K. Raysor, 44 of Lynchburg, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on June 28, 2015. John is survived by and was the cherished husband of Tonya R. Raysor, loving father of Brittany, Lindsey and Celeste Raysor, Son of Robert and Kay Raysor,; beloved grandson of Virgil and Peggy Lester of Radford and step-father of Olivia, Camden and Meridith Rice. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Geneva D. Lester and his paternal grandparents Chalmers L. Raysor, Edna F. Raysor, and Fay Y. Raysor. In life, John was an active member of Blue Ridge Community Church. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, kayaking, snowboarding and being outdoors. He graduated from Lynchburg Christian Academy, had attended Liberty University and Central Virginia Community College and had served in the Army National Guard. His love of life, wonderful personality, and smile will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held on July 10 at 6 pm at Blue Ridge Community Church in Evington. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Eduardo Humberto Fischer, 74, of Lynchburg, died Thursday, June 18, 2015. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
David Lee Harrison, 60, of Montvale, died Friday, June 12, 2015. He was born on October 17, 1954, in Roanoke, Va., to the late Marcus and Helen Barnett Harrison. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother; Billy Harrison. David was a United States Army veteran and employed by Elizabeth Arden. He is survived by his wife of 35 years; Darlene Richards Harrison, sons; Caleb Harrison and wife Erin, Joshua Harrison and wife April, grandchildren; Brooke, Katie, Layla, Finn, Quinn, brother; Steve Harrison, and sister; Shirley Carter. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 17, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, with a burial to follow in Montvale Baptist Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Jeffrey Hayes, 52, of Bedford, died Friday, June 5, 2015. He was born in Lewisburg, West Virginia on July 1, 1962 a son of the late James Eugene Hayes and Goldie Hayes. He was an Army veteran, a member of Thaxton Baptist Church and employed with Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He is survived by his wife, of 24 years, Sheryl Hayes, his children, Christopher Hayes, Brad Hayes, Sara Hayes and Noah Hayes; his step-children, Phillip and Amanda Leary; his sister, Dorcus McBrayer; his step-mother, Joda Hayes; three step-brothers and many loved ones. A celebration of his life will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Thaxton Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Krantz. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Bedford Christmas Station, P.O. Box 1353 Bedford, Va 24523 or the Backpack Ministry c/o 1574 Von Roy Rd. Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.
Lottie Byrd Harper East, 87, of Altavista, Va. Passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. She was born Dec. 4, 1927 in Naruna, Va. She was preceded in death by her infant son Mark Shane East, her parents Claude Shather Harper and Carrie Benson Harper. Brothers Bernard Lee Harper, John S. Harper, and James E. Harper , Sisters Louise E. Harper Barbour, Virginia Maude Harper Elliott, and infant sisters Emma Mae and Elsie Rebecca Harper. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Eldridge Odell East of 69 years, sons Phillip W. East (Gail), Damascus, Va., Ronald K. East, Fort Myers, Fl., and Jeffrey C. East (Patricia), Bedford, Va. Grand children Phillip W. East II, Torian Lee East, Matthew Ross East, Ashley Brooke East, Sarah Lynn East, and John Conner East, Brothers Lawson Harper (Juanita), Huachuca City, Az, and Lewis J. Harper (Betty), Huachuca City, Az. , and numerous nieces and nephews. Lottie and Eldridge were married in 1945 when Eldridge returned from the Navy after serving in the war in the Pacific. They spent the next twenty years together, with their sons, doing as Eldridge had promised, "seeing the world". After their service life they finally settled back in Altavista where they raised their son Jeffrey and doted on all their sons and grandchildren who are left with a lifetime of memories to cherish. Her family was the joy of her life and while she will always be with them in memories, she will be sorely missed. Arrangements by Burch & Messier Funeral Home in Bedford, VA. A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Penuel Baptist Church in Altavista.