Margaret Hawkins Carnley, 70, passed away surrounded by family into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday, January 19, 2017. She was born in Bedford County, on August 19, 1946, a daughter of the late Thomas Riley Hawkins and Lorena Satterfield Hawkins Burford. Margaret was always nurturing life by gardening, caring for animals and most of all by loving and mentoring family and friends. One of her greatest honors was to serve as school administrator for Brookhill Christian School. She loved arranging flowers, sewing and stained glass. She was a Proverbs 31 woman who knew the love of Christ and the power of prayer! Margaret is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jimmey Ray Carnley; children, Thomas Raymond Carnley, Sr., Robyn Jones and husband, Clayton, James Robert Carnley and wife, Donna; grandchildren, Mandi Leigh Carnley-Tyree and husband, Jake, Thomas Raymond Carnley Jr., Jonathan Lee Jones, Benjamin Daniel Jones, Jack Ray Carnley, Darcy Lynnae Carnley; brother, J. David Burford and wife, Martha; and sister, Ellen Altman and husband Mike. Family will receive friends 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 23, at Brookhill Wesleyan Church, with the Pastor Dominic Alvey officiating. Memorials may be made to Brookhill Wesleyan Church, 1043 Cifax Road, Forest, VA 24551, Bedford Pregnancy Center, 813 E. Main St., Bedford, VA 24523, or Samaritans Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Susan Gale Morris Shoemaker, 60, of Madison Heights passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017. She was born March 23, 1956 to the late, Robert Lee Morris II and Cornelia Wooten Scruggs. She was the loving wife of Albert Lewis Shoemaker for 46 years. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by three brothers. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons; Michael Lewis Shoemaker, Danny Ray Shoemaker and wife Gina, Terry Lynn Shoemaker and wife Angela; a daughter; Jennifer Ann Shoemaker and husband Aaron; a brother; James Morris and wife Phyllis; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Family wishes to thank Centra Hospice for the loving care they gave Susan. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street location, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA. 24523. Family will receive friends at the residence of Albert Shoemaker following the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford 540-586-7360.
Barry Lee Renick, 67, of Roanoke went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, January 17, 2017. He is survived by his wife: Kimberly Renick; his children, Joshua, Kelsey and Samantha; three siblings, Vicky Meade, Robin Jenkins and Gary Renick; two grandchildren, Rory and Connor Munt. He had a successful career as a Police Officer for the City of Roanoke where he retired after many years of service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Officer Down Memorial, WWW.odmp.org. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at 45 E. Main Street, Fincastle, VA, 24090, (former Fincastle Baptist Church) Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, www.burch-messier.com.
Mary Jane Brown Millner, 75, of Goode, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. She was born December 16, 1941 to the late, James Ashby Brown and Ruth English Brown. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Carl “Butch” Douglas Millner; a brother, James “Bud” Earl Brown and a sister, Clara Goggin. She is survived by a son; Bobby Millner and wife Rachel of Brookneal; twin daughters, Teresa Millner and Tracy Millner both of Goode; two sisters; Hazel Payne and Nancy Phelps and a special niece; Margie Mattox. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Bedford Fire Department. Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford 540-586-7360.
Richard Edward Boyce “Dick” Bond, 73, of Bedford Va., formerly of Galax, Va. passed away January 6, 2017, while at the VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. Dick was born November 5, 1943 in Winston Salem, NC, and was the only son of the late Nora Brannock. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Bond of 39 years, in 2011, as well as a step-son, Tommy Sutphin, who passed away in 1989. Dick retired from Shepherd’s Auto Parts after working for them for 23 years. He was a dedicated and loving father, grandfather, and loved by all who knew him. He was an avid hunter, with successes each year in deer hunting with both black powder and rifle hunting. His other hobbies included fishing, as well as eating. As he often liked to say, “Most people eat to live, but I live to eat!” We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. Survivors include his daughter, Annette Bond Gunnoud & husband Jim of Sharpsburg, GA.; two dedicated step-daughters, Mona Sutphin O’Neill & spouse Randy of Clermont, FL, Wanda Sutphin McGhee & husband Ronnie of Bedford; one step-son, Terry Sutphin of Pulaski, VA; multiple grandchildren. He had two devoted grandchildren, Garrett & Madison Gunnoud, as well as a dedicated step-granddaughter, Teri McGhee Lloyd. He is also survived by step grandchildren Niki Sutphin Leightner, Stephanie Sutphin Shinn, and Chris Trevillion; and by many uncles and cousins on his mother’s side. A Mass of Resurrection will be said at 9:30 a.m., at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 1307 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA on Wednesday January 11, 2017, with Father Salvadore Añonuevo officiating. Family will receive friends beginning at 8:30am at the church. Burial will be by his wife, in Mountain View Cemetery, Dublin, VA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to your local animal shelter. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Edward Leo “Butch” Payne, 39, of Thaxton, died Thursday, January 5, 2017. He was born in Roanoke, VA on September 10, 1977, a son of Edward Lee Payne and Betty Mann Payne. He was preceded in death by a son, Joshua Payne; granddaughter, Marley Payne; sister, Sarah Lee Payne; paternal grandfather, Leo Payne; maternal grandparents, Leo and Dorothy Mann. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Tara Michelle Payne; children, Brittany Payne, Sarah Payne, Hannah Payne; step-children, Blake, Austin, Kalyn, Bailey; paternal grandmother, Juanita Payne; brother, Joseph Payne; sister, April Payne; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. . In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider making a donation to Burch-Messier Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 9, at Faith Life Baptist Church, Montvale, with Rev. Roger McKinnney officiating. A burial will follow in Jordantown Church of God Cemetery. Family will receive friends 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.
Evelyn McGuire Overstreet, died early Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the age of 93. She was a daughter of the late Seth and Ora McGuire and was the wife of the late, Fred Carlton Overstreet. Evelyn was a lifetime member of Thaxton Baptist Church. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Junior Gardner; brother and sister-in-law, William and Catherine McGuire; sister-in-law, Peggy McGuire and many nieces and nephews. She will be remembered for her strength, independent spirit, and her love for her family and her Lord. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Samaritans Purse, Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607.A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Johnny Gupton officiating. The family will receive friends other times at Evelyn’s residence. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
On Thursday, December 29, 2016 Sally Simpson Roseveare, 76, passed into the kingdom of heaven from her home on Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, VA. Born in Washington, NC on December 19, 1940, she was preceded in death by her parents, Christine Ross Simpson and Malcolm Thurston Simpson and grandson Jonathan Joseph. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Ronald N. Roseveare; two sons, Bill Roseveare (with wife, Lisa), Ronny Roseveare (with wife, Katie); daughter Christine Roseveare Joseph (with husband, Daniel); 13 grandchildren: Jessica Bailey Roseveare, Matthew Roseveare, Jacob Joseph, Micah Elizabeth Joseph, Nicole Roseveare, Emily Roseveare, Rebecca Joseph, Sarah Joseph, Susannah Joseph, Johanna Joseph, Josiah Joseph, Anna Faith Joseph, Levi Joseph; one brother, Mack Simpson (with wife Susan) of Washington, NC; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Trusting in God, Sally had a zest for life and a love for her family and friends. She found delight in writing, paddling her kayak with camera in hand, and travelling and dancing with her best friend, Ron. A Celebration of Sally’s Life will be held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta, VA on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM with a reception following. A brief graveside service will follow at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 3:30 PM. This service is open to all family and friends, especially those who are unable to attend the Celebration of Life service at Smith Mountain Lake. In lieu of flowers please consider making any memorial contributions to the Bedford Humane Society, American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.
Doris Ann Dooley Bowyer, 79, of Bedford, went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 29, 2016. She was born on December 1, 1937, in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Oscar Wright Dooley and Pearl Trent Dooley. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Ann Bowyer; two brothers; and two sisters. Doris retired from Rubatex with 32 years of service. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Eugene A. Bowyer; children, Fred A. Bowyer and wife Betty, Debra Jean Bowyer, Carlton E. Bowyer and wife Sherry, Rosa B. Dinwiddie; grandchildren, Chris Bowyer, Misty Bowyer, Brandi Martin, Carl Bowyer, Jamie Bowyer, Shanon Hogan, Tyler Dinwiddie, Dustin Dinwiddie; numerous great-grandchildren, sister; Edith Mae Bennett. The family would like to give special thanks to her caregiver, Robin Reynolds. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation for Parkinson disease research, Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St, Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. A burial will follow in Peaks Community Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Iris Loretta Carter, 69, of Thaxton left her earthly home and went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 surrounded by her loving children. She was born in Bedford Co. a daughter of the late Herman “Tut” Wiley Carter and Pernie Amos Carter. Iris was also preceded in death by her husband Henry Jackson Carter, Jr. Iris is survived by sons Randy Carter (Kathy), Otey Carter (Carolyn); Robert Carter, Ronnie Carter (Tina), and daughter Loretta Carter (David, Sr); 10 Grandchildren; 7 Great-grandchildren; numerous other family and friends. The family would like to give special thanks to Lyn Mowles, and all of the MSA hospice care staff, Karen Waldron for her special care to the family. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Cool Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev Eric Pennington, Rev. Earl Ragland, and Rev. Larry Myers officiating. Burial will follow in the Parker Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.