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Obituaries

John Arnold Newcomb Sr.

John Arnold Newcomb, Sr., 84, of Bedford, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Oakwood Manor.  He was born in Bedford County on August 9, 1931 a son of the late Samuel Ralph Newcomb and Annie Thurston Wilson.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his step-mother, Virgie Lacy Newcomb, three brothers, Earl, William and Junior Newcomb.  John was a member of Center Point United Methodist Church and served his country in the U.S. Air Force.  He was retired from Lynchburg Foundry and enjoyed working his farm.  John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Etta Lemon Newcomb; a son, John Newcomb, Jr. and wife, Lynda; a daughter, Teresa Clark and husband, Alan; a son, David Newcomb and wife, Kristie; five grandchildren, Ashley Nowell, Sam Newcomb, Betsy Pendleton, Ethan Henry and Spencer Newcomb; two great-grandchildren, Calaeb Nowell and Gunner Nowell; two sisters, Lucy Irvine and husband, Joe; Mary (Sis) Woodie and husband, Les.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Center Point United Methodist Church, Goode Rescue Squad or the Alzheimer’s Association.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Holy Land Cemetery with Rev. William Clark officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the graveside.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Medhat Lewis "Matt" Touna

Touna Martt PicMedhat “Matt” Lewis Touna, 51, of Forest, died Monday, April 18, 2016. He was born in Cairo, Egypt, on October 19, 1964, the son of Lewis Touna and the late Amal Touna. He is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Marie Touna. He is survived by his son, Brian Touna; his brother, Michael Touna and wife Karen Maze. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m.Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.



Alfred Leroy "Fred" Wagner

Wagner AlfredFred (Alfred) Wagner, died April 11, 2016 at his home in Forest, VA. He was born on October 21, 1940 in Carlisle, PA, and lived in the Stoughstown area for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Louella and Ernest MacArthur, who raised him from childhood, also by his daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Shultz Wagner, and his parents, Helen and Stoey Wagner. He is survived by his wife, Doris of 55 years; two sons, Fred, of Newville, PA and Roy, of Flagler Beach, FL; two daughters, Deborah and her husband, Fred Campbell of Forest, VA and Jenny and her husband, Tim Woollett, of Lynchburg, VA; his brother, Larry Wagner and wife Vickie, of Austin, PA; his aunt, Eleanor Butler; his cousin, Joel Butler and wife Monica, all of Boiling Springs, PA; and nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. An entrepreneur without a diploma, he created successful businesses in custom cabinet making, building custom homes, and siding installation beginning in his early twenties. After “retiring” and moving to Flagler Beach, FL, he owned a video rental store which he passed on to his daughter, and also served as a city commissioner. Later he moved to Lynchburg, VA to help family members with their business. In later years he worked in his wood shop, making flag and medal cases, urns, and display cases. While living in PA, Fred was active in the South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Department in Walnut Bottom, PA, and became a lifetime member. He had a fun loving personality and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a loyal Dale Earnhardt fan. He was dearly loved and will be missed by family and friends. Per his wishes, no services are scheduled. Memorial donations may be made to the South Newton Township Volunteer Fire Department #49, P.O. Box 49, 18 Firehouse Road, Walnut Bottom, PA 17288. Condolences may be sent to 1201 Sleepy Oak Lane, Forest, 24551, in care of Doris Wagner and/or Debbie Campbellorsend a condolence by visiting www.burch-messier.com. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, is assisting the family.

Everette James "Griff" Gable

Everette James “Griff” Gable, 68, of Big Island, died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Bedford on September 16, 1947 a son of the late, Raymond Richard Gable, Sr. and Beatrice Holdren Gable.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen Gable and Raymond R. Gable, Jr.  He was a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church and was employed with Kroger of Vinton working in the meat department for many years.  He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Harman and Fran Gable; his devoted Dotson “Sally”; a nephew, Butch Booth; cousin, Ralph Beck; great-nephew; Stephen Gable, II.  A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Lawrence Basil Monroe

Monroe LawrenceLawrence “Larry” B. Monroe Sr., 80, of Lynchburg went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 3rd 2016. He was born on July 2nd 1935 in Washington County to Eula Monroe and the late George Monroe. In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his loving wife Lillie Monroe, and three sons Herman Lee Monroe, Lawrence Monroe Jr. and William Moore. At a young age, Larry moved to Hampton where he met his loving wife Lillie of 49 years and became an engineer as well as a preacher. One of his biggest accomplishments was helping build the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel. Later in his life he moved his family to Lynchburg, VA, where he worked for Southern Air for many years. He and his daughter Jeannie owned and operated Timberlake Liquidators. Larry is survived by sisters, Charlotte Monroe and Georgia Raymos; sons,  Michael Monroe (Donna), Abe Monroe (Mona) and Charles Moore;  daughters Jeannie Monroe (Scott) and Barbara Hensley;granddaughters, Amanda Carroll (Ricky), Lindsey Brown, Erin Brown, Samantha Hensley and Tasha Moore; great grandchildren, Gavin, Harley, Brooke, and Claire, and a host of other family and friends. A memorial service will be held Sunday April 10th at 4:00 p.m. at Tree of Life Ministries 2812 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, VA. Burch-Messier Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mark Joseph Sacco

Sacco MarkMark Joseph Sacco, 56, a longtime resident of Bedford, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Lynchburg General Hospital with his family by his side.  He was born in Canonsburg, PA on July 12, 1959, a son of the late Joseph Sacco and Teresa Margaret Ducsay Sacco. Mark loved everyone, including his family and enjoyed dancing and singing; Mark loved Elvis, and made the trip to Graceland.   Mark was employed by Longwood Industries for many years and then transitioned to the Bedford Adult Day Care and then to McKinney Residential Home.  He is survived by his sisters, Judith A. Sacco, Teresa J. Love and husband, Henry; his brother, Henry Sacco and Barbara Sacco “My Heart”; his nephews, Joseph Paul Sacco; Scott and Kim Hickman; great-nephew, Trevor Scott Hickman; many cousins in Pennsylvania.  A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Bedford Christian Church, 1928 Moneta Rd. Bedford with Rev. Bill Moore officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Longwood Industries, 1617 Longwood Ave.  Bedford.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dorothy Burrows Reynolds

Reynolds DorothyDorothy Burrows Reynolds, 94, of Bedford, died Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.  She was born in High Point, NC on February 14, 1922 a daughter of the late Clarence Grady Burrows and Ethel Howell Burrows.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, T. E. “Mike” Reynolds; her brother, William A. Burrows.  Dorothy was a retired legal assistant with William W. Berry IV law office.  She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church; member of the Blue Ridge Garden Club; former board member of the Wharton Foundation and member of the Bedford Book Club.  She is survived by her sister, Helen Burrows Arthur and husband, Roger; her nephew, William A. Burrows and wife, Joy; her niece, Deborah Burrows; great-nieces, Darby Allen and Lacy Adams and their families; special caregivers, Rosa Carson, Linda Robertson, Pat Nelms, Shirley Starks and her devoted dog, Holly; many cousins in North Carolina.  In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Main Street United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Paul Greer officiating.  The family will receive friends at the service and other times at the home of her sister, Helen B. Arthur, 1404 Dogwood Ln.  Bedford.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Donald Herbert Owens

Owens DonaldDonald Herbert Owens, 84, of Beaufort, SC, born November 28, 1931, in Pulaski, VA went to be with the Lord Monday, March 21, 2016. He was loved and will be missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Owens; his parents, D.C. Owens Sr. and Nellie Quesenberry Owens; brother, D.C. Owens; and sister, Lois Yvonne Owens. He is survived by four children, Don Owens, Jr., Rick Owens, Joni Mitts, Paul Owens; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six siblings, Patsy North, Mary Worsham, Jim Owens (Joann), Ruth Owens, Fred Owens (Chris), John Owens (Becky); and special longtime friend, Ginny Hardee. He was a proud veteran of the Korean War and active member of the Beaufort VFW. He attended church and Sunday school at Baptist Church of Beaufort, SC. He was a longtime resident of Augusta County, VA where he was employed and retired from Smith Transfer Trucking Company. A Celebration of his life will be held 11:00 a.m., April 23, at Bedford Christian Church.

Sandra Lee Hawkins Johnson

Sandra Lee Johnson, 74, of Bedford, died Thursday, March 17, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Bedford County on April 9, 1941, a daughter of the late Neda Hawkins Craig. She loved to care for stray cats, spending time at the beach, going to the mountains, watching Nascar with family(Go Dale Jr. #88), and she was always willing to help in any way she could. Sandra is survived by her husband of 56 years, Douglas Linwood Johnson; sons, Kevin Johnson, Eric Johnson; daughter-in-law, June Payne; brother, Donald Craig; grandson, Conner Gilmore; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. To honor Sandra’s wishes no services will be held. Burch-Messier Funeral Home is assisting the family, 540-586-7360.

Elizabeth Anne Messier

messier elizabethElizabeth Anne Messier, 56, of Bedford died peacefully at home of heart failure on Sunday, March 13, 2016.  She was born in Nashua, NH on October 13, 1959, the daughter of Earl Thomas Messier and Constance Chasse’ Messier of Bedford.  Elizabeth was a graduate of Virginia Tech in 1982 and a passionate follower of VT sports as well as the Boston Red Sox.  She believed strongly in supporting human rights and environmental causes.  Elizabeth lived selflessly for her children and granddaughter.  Her passions and beliefs live on in them. In addition to her parents she is survived by her fiancée, Larry Daniel, her  children, Andrew Bailey and his wife, Whitney; Katie B. Lombardi and husband, Nick; Marc Philip Bailey;  a granddaughter, Lena Elizabeth Bailey; two brothers, James Messier and wife, Cindy; John Messier and wife, April;  numerous nieces and nephews.  Memorials may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline PL., Brookline, MA  02445 in her honor. (The Jimmy Fund is a foundation that supports the fight against cancer in children and adults). Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening (tonight) at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church with Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrant.   Burial will follow in Resurrection Catholic Church Cemetery.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.