Lynch Adam Manley, 80, of Bedford, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014. He was born on March 19, 1933 a son of the late Felix Manley and Ida Arthur Manley. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers. He was a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church and was retired from Frank Chervan with 46 years service. Lynch served Bedford faithfully in the Bedford Life Saving Crew for 48 years. He was survived by his wife of 57 years, Julie Heck Manley; a daughter (his baby), Jeanne M. Krantz and husband, Donald; two grandsons, Travis Zimmerman (Amy) and Jermey Krantz (Kimberly); three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Zimmerman Aderman, Dominick Zimmerman Aderman and Matthew Krantz; a step-grandson, Blake Aderman; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Manley and Virginia Manley; his feathered friend, Buster; A special thanks to his five devoted caregivers, hospice, his nurses and staff, security guards and many others too numerous to mention at Bedford Memorial Hospital; and his special friend, Dr. Alan Denekas. Memorials may be made to the Bedford Life Saving Crew, P.O. Box 161, Bedford, VA 24523; Timber Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, 3234 Timber Ridge Rd. Bedford, VA 24523; Bedford Hospice, 1621 Whitfield Dr. Bedford, VA 24523. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Timber Ridge Baptist Church with Pastor Phillip Kelley and Pastor Garry Sims officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Ruth Denyes Rockhold, 95, of Huddleston, died Sunday, March 2, 2014. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.
Bettina Essie Lester Dillon "Tina", 45, of 1504 Josephs Way, Bedford, Virginia, and formally of Hanover, WV, left this earth on February 25, 2014. She was the daughter of Mickie F. Lester of Bedford, VA and formally of Hanover WV. Survivors include her mother; sister, Stephanie McArdle (Bisbee) of Bedford; special niece, Makayla S. Lester of Bedford; special nephew, Justin McArdle of Bedford; four aunts, Margie L. Mayhew and husband, Dexter of Huddleston, Maggie E. Church of Moneta, Mary Ann Keene and husband, Jim of Iaeger, WV; two uncles, Nickey J. Lester of Rose Branch Hanover, WV, Ricky D. Lester and wife, Beverly of Wharncliffe, WV; numerous cousins and special friends who are left to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by her companion, Rex Owens of Thomasville, NC; grandparents, Joseph Chester Lester and Ruth Mae (Cline) Lester of Rose Branch Hanover, WV; uncle, Dickie G. Lester, Sr. of Gilbert Creek, WV; one special uncle, Shirley D. Lester of Nelson Branch Hanover WV; eight great-aunts, four great-uncles, and several cousins. Memorials may be made to the Tina Dillon Memorial Fund, c/o Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, VA 24523.
Ross Reed Artrip, 79, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born in Clintwood, VA on March 9, 1934 a son of the late Robert Artrip and Maggie Colley Artrip. Reed was retired from the U.S. Air Force with 20 year's service, and also retired from Wheelabrator Abrasives. He was a communicant of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Nelson Artrip, his children, Dorine A. Stanley and husband, Wayne; Janice A. Robertson and husband, Curtis; James R. Artrip and wife, Gail; Rose A. Duncan and husband, Riner; his grandchildren, Jennifer Dooley, Reid Robertson, Luke Artrip, Cameron Duncan, Bryce Artrip, Lindsey Stanley, Hannah Duncan and Monica Artrip; his great-grandchildren, Breanna and Nathan Dooley; his brother, Walter "Bud" Artrip; his sisters, Annette Thompson and Betty Monahan; many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 1307 Oakwood Street, Bedford, 24523. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:00 noon, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church with Msgr. Joseph Lehman celebrating. Burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Harold Claford Shortt, 81, of Bedford, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Clintwood, VA on November 24, 1932 a son of the late Robert Henry Shortt and Pluma Mullins Shortt. Harold was an U.S. Navy veteran and was retired in Quality Control with General Electric. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter, Rose Elaine Maynor; a brother, Gratho Lee Shortt; a sister, Thelma Zella Mae Shortt. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Grace Eveleen Snead Shortt; two sons, Bruce Wayne Shortt and Timothy Eugene Shortt; five brothers, James Marvin Shortt, Paul Zane Shortt, Gearld Wayne Shortt, Robert Shortt, Jr., Terry Ray Shortt; one sister, Shirley Gay Shortt. Memorials may be made to Sedalia Baptist Church, 1072 Charlemont Rd. Big Island, VA 24526. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Sedalia Baptist Church with Rev. Don Woodard and Rev. Mike Jones officiating and U.S. Navy honors. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Leola Faye Cook Gilliland, 92 of Wyoming County, WV died Friday, February 21, 2014. She was born in Turkey Creek, WV on December 11, 1921 a daughter of the late Walter Raleigh Cook and Minnie Edna Cook. Faye was a 1940 graduate of Pineville High School. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years William O. "Bill" Gilliland, 4 brothers- Otto, Lacy, Dale and Sydney Cook and 1 sister Merlie Irene Stewart. She is survived by a son, William Terry Gilliland; a daughter, Regina Honaker and husband, Gray; grandchildren, Gray William Honaker and partner, Katherine; Thomas Jason Honaker and wife, Laura; great-grandchildren, Henry Gray Honaker, Thomas Owen Honaker and Lucy Gray Honaker; step-grandchildren, Willow-mina Jozette Mikels and Jonathan Mikels; brother-in-law, Gene Gilliland; two special nieces, Wilma Jean Cook and Iris Stewart King and many other nieces, nephews and cousins. The family honored her request to be cremated and a memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Calfee Funeral Home, Pineville, WV with burial of her cremated remains in Palm Memorial Garden, Matheny. In lieu flowers memorials may be made to a church or Christian charity of your choice.
Douglas Wayne Toler, 66, of Bedford, died Thursday, February 6, 2014. He was born in Martinsville on November 20, 1947 a son of the late Zelphia Richardson Cannaday and Jesse Hubbard Toler. Doug served his country in the U.S. Army, a decorated Vietnam Veteran. He was retired from the National Park Service and was a 32nd degree Mason. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Pat Toler; two sons, Justin Toler and wife, Marci of Findlay, OH; Kacy Toler and girlfriend, Gabriele of Lynchburg; a grandson, Jonathan Caleb Toler. The family will receive friends at the home of Doug and Pat at 1107 Fairview Drive, Bedford from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2014. A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin with military honors. In lieu of flowers Doug wished for you to consider the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Leigh Unroe Magann, 66, of Goode, died February 5, 2014. She was born in Clifton Forge on April 22, 1947, a daughter of the late Henry Edward Unroe Jr. and Beatrice P. Downey Unroe. Jackie cared for the elderly and was a Home Health nurse for over 20 years. She enjoyed dancing, cooking, reading, being a mom and grandmom, and the little things in life like snow. She is survived by 2 daughters, Lisa Thomas and husband Mike; and Tanya Lowe and husband Tommy; grandchildren, Matthew Drumheller, Joshua Drumheller, Amanda Thomas, Joseph Thomas, Peyton Thomas, Matt Lowe, Cheyenne Williams, and Jacob Williams; and great-grandchildren, Jaden Thomas, Austin Thomas, Spencer Drumheller, and Makenzie Lowe. She is also survived by a sister, Delores Wilson and husband Phillip; brothers, Edward Unroe III and wife Kathy, Fred Unroe, and Calvin Unroe. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.
Loretta Mae Overstreet, 54, of Bedford, died Monday in Lynchburg General Hospital. She was born on May 15, 1959 a daughter of Edna Carter Welch and husband, Jimmy Welch of Bedford and the late Edward Burks Overstreet, Sr. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her sister, Wanda Sue "Susie" Overstreet. In addition to her mother and step-father she is survived by her brothers, Danny Overstreet and wife, Sharon; Edward Burks "Junior" Overstreet, Jr.; Clifton Wayne Overstreet and wife, Kelly; her sister, Pam Shepherd and husband, Tim of New Mexico; her half brother, Pete Wooldridge; several nieces and nephews; special cousin, Myrtle Nester and good friend, Loretta Lilley. Memorials may be made to the Bedford Life Saving Crew. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Larry Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Jack Calvin Reid, Sr., 83, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Floyd County on January 21, 1931 a son of the late, George Washington Reid and Beulah Thompson Reid. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Cundiff Reid; his son, Jack Calvin Reid, Jr.; brothers, Thomas Homer Reid, Charles Reid, Robert Reid and his sister, Louise Reid Abbott. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving his country during the Korean War. Jack was a City of Bedford Police Officer and then went on to retire as a Heavy Equipment Operator with the City of Bedford Public Works Dept. Jack loved his family, his friends, his community, and his animals especially his horse Bonnie. You could find Jack riding all over town on his tractor, mowing for people and helping them out if he could, right up till the end. He loved raising his garden and sharing with Bedford his corn crop or you could find him delivering his fried apple pies to the ladies of all ages who adored him. To sum it all up, "Jack has done a lot of good for a lot of people" and was a gentleman, with a big heart and Bedford will surely miss him. Left to cherish his memories are his children, Dianne Reid of Bedford; Donna R. Newcomb and husband, C.D. of Goode; Kenneth Reid and wife, Karen of Salem; his grandchildren, Beverly Jean Key, Allison Michelle Key, Ashley Tinsley Marion and husband, Matt; Matthew Alexander Reid; his great-grandchildren, Galiana Key Loorem and Reid Minnick; a special son, Hugh Saunders and wife, Norma; his sisters, Catherine "Kitty" Virts of Roanoke; Margaret Wright of Bedford; Betty Goodman and her husband, Charles; Many nieces, nephews and friends. Memorials may be made to the Shepherds Table, Bedford Hospice or the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Harry Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Earl Wayne Dunford, 70, of Moneta, died Monday. Arrangements pending.
Lynch Manley, 80, of Bedford, died Tuesday. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Timber Ridge Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St.