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Obituaries

James Everette Heck

James Everette Heck, 73, of Thaxton, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018. He was born in Bedford County on May 5, 1944, a son of the late Otto Thomas Heck and Magdaline Orange Heck. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by brothers, Marvin, Otey, Andrew, and George Heck; sisters, Lula Dooley, Violet, Mary, and Josephine Heck. He is survived by his son, James “Darryl” Heck and wife Dreama; step-granddaughter, Jessica Saunders; brother, Ray Heck and wife Mary; sisters, Pauline St. Clair, Faye Carter and husband Tommy, Mildred Carter and husband Obie; special friend, Kelly Mitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. A burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Terry Lynn Shackelford Anderson

Anderson TerryTerry Shackelford Anderson, 61, of Bedford died Monday, April 2, 2018. She was born in Virginia Beach, VA on June 16, 1956, a daughter of the late Charlie Shackelford and Ruth Hedrick Shackelford. Terry loved her cats and would appreciate any donations to help Bedford Humane Society. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Chad Anderson; brothers, Ronnie Shackelford and wife, Sarah, David Shackelford; special friends including, Doris Seal, Karen Carter; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. A burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Alan Collins Pipkin, Jr.

Pipkin AlanAlan Collins Pipkin, Jr., 75, of Bedford, died Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was born in Austin, TX on February 25, 1943, a son of the late, Dr. Alan Collins Pipkin, Sr. and Dr. Sarah Craven Bedichek Pipkin. Alan was retired from the Treasury Department and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was devoted to his grandparents; Roy Bedicheck who was a Texas educator, naturalist and humorist and Lillian Lee Bedichek who was an educator and linguist. Alan was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother; Survived by his wife, Louise Carroll Pipkin; two daughters, Genevieve Waugerman and husband, Christopher; Amelia Masterson and husband, Jonathan; four grandchildren, Taylor Waugerman, Emma Masterson, Ella Masterson and Wyatt Masterson; two brothers, George Pipkin and wife, Barbara Strauss; Roy Pipkin. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 314 N. Bridge Street, with the Rev. F. Wilson Brown officiating. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Building Fund, 314 N. Bridge Street Bedford, VA 24522 or Bedford Hospice Care, 1621 Whitfield Drive # C, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robert George "Bob" Dellavalle-Rauth

Rauth Robert 2Robert George "Bob" Dellavalle-Rauth, Bob was born April 10, 1926 in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn, New York to Ida Josephine Schubert and William Sylvester Rauth. He died quietly at his home on March 28 in the arms of his loving wife Adele. Bob graduated from Brooklyn Tech in 1944 and earned his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1951; retired from RCA in 1985 and moved to Virginia. He served with the Navy during WW11 on Adak in the Aleutian Islands. The event of Vatican Council 11 (1962-65) was a catalyst for Bob and fueled his peace and justice activism for the rest of his life. He was inspired, in 1990 to go to the impoverished country of Haiti, which he always said was a life changing experience. He learned Haitian Kreyol, is today beloved by the people, and because of speaking out, often prophetically, earned the nickname “Advocacy Bob”. He has been involved in many peace actions throughout the US and was especially proud of being arrested in 1995 at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site for nonviolent conscientious objection to war and nuclear weapons. By this time, the team of Bob and Adele were known for such adventures. Activism, sparked by love, was the hallmark of their marriage. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Sally, his son Ken and his brother Ed. Bob is survived by his wife Adele, his daughter Karyn Teeter, his sister Trudy Taylor, daughter-in-law Diana Rauth, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous cousins. Bob’s passion to put those who suffer globally at the top of his priorities was never at the expense of devotion to his family. His practice was to call each family member every single week. He simply embraced the world with his vision for peace. He had a great sense of humor and was deeply loved by many. There will never be another like Bob. Bob was a faithful member of Resurrection Church where he will be remembered for founding the parish Haiti Mission. A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, April 3 at Resurrection Catholic Church, Moneta, Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass presided by Msgr. Joe Lehman at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers checks may be written to Resurrection for the mission supported by Bob in Haiti, SAKALA (www.sakala-haiti.org). Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, (540) 586-7360.

Stephen Clark Miller, Sr.

Stephen Clark Miller, Sr., 70, of Moneta, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Antoinette Murphy Miller. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dorothy Katherine Woods Pope

Pope Katherine 2Dorothy “Katherine” Woods Pope, 73, of Bedford, died Thursday, March 22, 2018. She was born in Pike County, Kentucky on October 19, 1944, a daughter of the late Hester Basil Woods and Theresa Scalf Woods. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Keither Raymond Woods. Katherine was the owner of Bedford Restaurant. She is survived by her children, Terri Miller, Michael Waller, Richard Todd Waller; sisters, Mavis Woods Dinwiddie and husband Neal, Brenda Woods Eubanks and husband Ronnie; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robert Wesley Porter

Robert Wesley Porter, 55, of Lynchburg, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on February 27, 1963, a son of JoEllen Purtle Porter and the late Robert Hurt Porter, Jr. In addition to his mother he is survived by a daughter, Kendra Porter; son, Anthony Porter; brother, Chris Porter; and grandchildren, Tristen, Jaycelyn, and Haven Campbell. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ann Elizabeth Jayne Mayhue

Mayhue AnnAnn Mayhue, 67, of Boones Mill, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Nelson Jayne and Grace Davis Jayne.  Ann is survived by her husband, Jerry Mayhue; son, Jason Mayhue and wife Lindsay; daughter, Lisa Bivens and husband Larry; daughter, Amber Mayhue and Micah Almond; grandchildren, Aidan, Adison, and Logan.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ann Mayhue may be made to Ann Mayhue Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 468 Boones Mill, VA 24065, with the proceeds going to the numerous charities that she supported.  A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Orchard Hills Church, 6032 Cloverdale Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA. 540-586-7360.

Frank Michael Fiaschetti

Frank Michael Fiaschetti, age 87, went to be with his Heavenly Father on March 8, 2018. He passed peacefully at Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on August 18, 1930 to Frank and Carmella (Manfred) Fiaschetti in Norwalk, CT. Frank retired from his Sales Manager position after 38 years at Nash Engineering in Norwalk, CT. For many years, he enjoyed playing with the Nash Engineering softball team, first as pitcher and later as team manager. He enjoyed flying in his Grumman Tiger aircraft. During his retirement years, Frank had a broad range of interests. He built stone walls, cared for the birds from dozens of handmade nesting boxes and feeders, and was often seen driving his tractor while tending expansive gardens all around his country home. He was an amazing cook and loved to prepare meals from scratch, using his home grown produce. He took up woodworking and this became his passion. He crafted many fine pieces of furniture for his own home as well as special items for his children and grandchildren. For relaxation, Frank enjoyed rides on the Blue Ridge Mountains; and to keep life exciting, he took up skydiving at age 80. Frank accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1994. He loved the Lord and chose to use the talents God gave him to serve whenever he could. He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Helen (Hawley) Fiaschetti; six children, Keith (Debbie) Fiaschetti, Diane (Gary) Tyrrell, Janice Fiaschetti, Patti Kelly, David Fiaschetti, and Paul Fiaschetti, whom he shared with his former spouse, Beatrice Ransom; two step-children, Joan Mathews and James (Rhonda) Wright; eight grandchildren, Melanie Morales, Cheryl Ledford, Ryan Fiaschetti, Cindy Reese, Rachael Freeman, Kyle Fiaschetti, Megan Kelly, and Matthew Kelly; three step-grandchildren, Hannah Wright, Helen Mathews, and Jonathan Wright; four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, his church family, friends, neighbors, and of course, his constant canine companion, Bella. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Florence Buckley, Anthony Fiaschetti, Marie Ballas, and Lucille Lambertson. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all the caregivers, both at home and during Frank’s stay at Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center for their compassion and care. A private viewing for family was held on March 10, 2018 at Burch-Messier Funeral Home in Bedford, VA. A Celebration of Life service was held at Longwood Avenue Baptist Church in Bedford, on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bedford Christian Ministries, Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

India Ramsey Jacobs

Jacobs IndiaIndia Ramsey Jacobs, 61, of North Chesterfield, VA, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, after a hard fought yet incredibly short battle with cancer. She was born in Bedford County on July 12, 1956, a daughter of the late Curtis E. Ramsey and Barbara Niday Ramsey. India’s smile brightened any room she walked into. She never met a stranger and loved making people laugh and eat, she was an amazing cook. She loved traveling and spending time with her family. Her happy place was always on the beach. She will be remembered by her daughter, Stephanie Scott; son, Nick Jacobs (Stephanie); two grandchildren, Logan and Callie Jacobs; brothers, Randal Ramsey (Deborah), John Ramsey (Donna); and a multitude of extended family and friends. The family would like to thank the nurses at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital for their kindness and compassionate care of India over the last weeks of her life. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, at J.T. Morriss & Son Chester Chapel, 3050 W. Hundred Road, Chester, VA. 23831. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, VA with Rev. Jonge Tate officiating. A burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park, 11490 Forest Road, Forest, VA. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services


James Everette Heck, 73, of Thaxton, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. A visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.


Alan Collins Pipkin, Jr., 75,of Bedford, died Saturday, March 31, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 314 N. Bridge St., Bedford.