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Obituaries

Earl Andrew Burley

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

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

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

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

DHarrison Davidavid 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 Llywellen Hayes

Hayes Jeffrey 1Jeffrey 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

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.

Rheta Ann Johnson Crowder

Crowder RhetaRheta Johnson Crowder, passed away peacefully at her home on June 2, 2015. She was born in Fincastle, Va., on January 9, 1934. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, Herbert Rhea Crowder; two children, David Alan Crowder and his wife, Laura, of Fincastle, Va., and Suzanne Crowder Calvert and her husband, Bernard Calvert III, of Lynchburg, Va.; grandchildren, Cody and Braden Crowder and Mack Calvert; great-grandchild, Peyton Crowder; brother, James W. Johnson and wife, Joyce, of Fincastle; sister, Sue Spickard of Fincastle; and many nieces, nephews, and their children; as well as other family members and special friends. Rheta is also survived by her faithful and precious dog, Sugar. Rheta received her registered nursing degree in 1957. She was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church in Goode, Va. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 1235 Walnut Street in Bedford. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4 , 2015, at Burch-Messier Chapel, Walnut Street, Bedford with the Rev. Dr. H.O. Tom Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Road, Roanoke, Va. In lieu of flowers please consider your local humane society or Oakland United Methodist Church, 2465 Goode Station Rd. Goode, Va. 24556. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 540-586-7360, www.burch-messier.com.

Vernon Rucker Pinion

Pinion VernonVernon Rucker Pinion, 100, of Bedford, died Monday, June 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Aldridge Pinion, five brothers and one sister. Mr. Pinion was a lifetime member of Epworth United Methodist Church. He is survived by his son, Stephen Dennis Pinion of Half Moon Bay, CA. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Epworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeane Dunkum officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon till 1:30 p.m. just prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Thomas Kenton Layne

Layne ThomasThomas Kenton "Redneck" Layne, 43, of Bedford, died Monday, June 1, 2015. He was born in Bedford on August 4, 1971 to Thomas and Debbie Layne. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife; Brenda Layne, children; April Layne, Cheyenne Daughtery, Gauge Layne, Mark Whitworth, one granddaughter; Ashlyn Marie Lantz, sister; Teresa Layne and husband Scott, brother; Marvin Layne and wife Amanda, nieces; Hailey Harris, Autumn Layne, and nephew; Cody Harris. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., with burial to follow in Holy Land Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 540-586-7360.