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Obituaries

Margaret Louise Paramore Mayhue

Mayhue MargaretMargaret Louise Mayhue, 92, of Roanoke passed away Saturday, February18, 2017. She was born July 18, 1924 to the late, Ezekiel Paramore and Emily Cannon. She is survived by husband; John Russell Mayhue and her children. She was a compassionate loving, giving and understanding person to everyone, she never met a stranger. She was a very talented and gifted piano player, organist, and singer. With her talent in teaching she delivered Gods message in many parts of the world with mission trips, various evangelism events and seminars. She earned many top awards in being a sales clerk, which she did all from her heart while being a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, mother-in-law and a true friend to many. Our awesome mom will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A child of God all her life. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Elizabeth "Faye" Goff Craighead

Craighead ElizabethElizabeth “Faye” Craighead, 69, of Bedford, slipped into the presence of the Lord on Friday, February 17, 2017. She was born in Lynchburg, on February 7, 1948, to loving parents, Alexander “Zan” and Mable Goff who awaited her in heaven. Faye was a member of Chestnut Hill FWB Church, Big Island, VA. She is survived by the “LOVE OF HER LIFE” her devoted husband and faithful caregiver, James Craighead. Other’s who mourn Faye’s passing are her sister, Brenda Burks; cousin (sister), Janice Blackwood; other cousins, nieces, Tina and Kristi Burks, Denise Hendricks, and nephew, Brandon Burks. Special thanks to the Oakwood Manor staff, for their loving care of Faye during the past two years. In lieu of flowers, please consider the burial fund. Donations can be sent to Faye Craighead Memorial Fund c/o Brenda Burks, 1089 Bell Hill Rd., Big Island, VA 24526. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 19, at Chestnut Hill Free Will Baptist Church, Big Island, with Rev. Larry Ross and Dr. Roger Bevins officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A private burial will be held on Monday at the church cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Charlie Colburn "Charlie" Gibbs

Gibbs CharlesCharlie Colburn “Charlie” Gibbs, 74, of Bedford, died Thursday, February 16, 2017. He was born in Bedford County, VA on October 4, 1942, a son of the late Doris Gibbs. Charlie was a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church, participated with Astride with Pride Riding Program and Special Olympics. He loved children and all animals, especially cats. He was employed by Longwood Industries for many years, and later attended Bedford Adult Daycare Center. He is survived by many caregivers; housemates; many special friends, including Cathy Byrne, Connie Powers, and Sunday School teachers, Diane Burns and the late Preston Burns; and his friends at Bedford Adult Daycare Center. Charlie was a very kind, and loving man who touched the lives of all who knew him. His memory will live on in the community that he loved so much, and in the hearts of all who loved him. Interment will be at Walnut Grove Baptist Church at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Norman Woods Pedigo

pedigo normanNorman Woods Pedigo, 93, of Bedford, died Wednesday, February 15, 2017. He was born on April 10, 1923, in Patterson NJ, a son of the late Clifford Carrington Pedigo and Cora Woods Pedigo. He served in World War II originally attached to the Flying Tigers and later the 14th Army Air Force unit in Kunming, China from 1942-1946. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950 and was a life-long Hokie fan. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Norman Woods Pedigo, Jr. and his wife Dr. Nancy G. Pedigo, Donald Randolph Pedigo; daughter, Nancy L. Lavender and her husband Michael Lavender; four grandchildren, Kim Little, Charlotte Langer and her husband Dr. Nathan Langer, Jennifer Bried and her husband Rahul Bried, John Lavender and his wife Haley Lavender; three great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Little, Ashlie Little, Cora Bried; two great-great-granddaughters, Alisia Little, Noralyn Little; special friends and veterans from the 29th Division Association, as well as friends at the D-Day Memorial. In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to 29th Division Association, 4715 Glen Ivy Circle, Roanoke, VA 24018-7114; D-Day Memorial, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA, 24523; or Living Word Baptist Church, 4130 Waterlick Rd, Forest, VA 24551. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18, at Living Word Baptist Church, with the Rev. Marvin Suitt officiating. Military Honors will be given by American Legion Post 16. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Gail Hensley Cunningham

Gail Hensley Cunningham, 76, of Bedford, died February 14, 2017. She was born in Bedford County, on November 5, 1940, a daughter of the late Curtis and Nell Hensley. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, William A. Cunningham; daughter, Tracey Lynn Cunningham; brothers, Stewart C. Hensley, Kyle L. Hensley; sisters, Christine St. Clair, Edith Wilson, and Nancy Owens. She is survived by her son, Gilbert William Quick Jr.; daughter, Susan Elaine Quick; sister, Opal Eubank and husband Lewis; granddaughter, Sam; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A graveside service will be held 3:30 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. John Salley officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Hilton "Jim" Cash, Jr.

Cash James 2James Hilton “Jim” Cash, Jr., 60, of Bedford, died Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on December 27, 1956, a son of James Hilton Cash, Sr. and Shirley Proffitt Cash. Jim was a maintenance mechanic at Infoseal and he served his country in the United States Navy. He was a character and a good man. Jim will be truly missed by all. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Brandy Kelly Cash; children, Kerri Ruff and husband Dwayne, Chelsey Cash and fiancé Robert Campbell; step-children, Steven Birtell, Taylor Birtell; brother, Steve Cash and wife Pam; grandchildren, Layla Ruff, Aiden Ruff, Dasan Cash; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A Memorial service will be held 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18, at his residence. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

William Gordon Mays

Mays BillyWilliam Gordon Mays of Bedford, VA died peacefully on February 8, 2017. Born October 23, 1936 in Keystone, West Virginia, he was the only child of Benjamin Walter Mays and Louella Gordon Mays. He earned a degree in Mining Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, class of 1958. During college, Bill served in Company M of the Corps of Cadets, where he formed several lifelong friendships. With experience as a miner, engineer, town facilities manager, and agriculturist, Bill’s career capstone was his distinguished 28-year tenure at the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL where he served as Executive Associate Vice Chancellor of Administration. He retired to Bedford, VA in 1992, moving to Savenac Farm where he spent 15 years restoring the historic 1821 estate. Bill was a highly skilled woodworker and an avid reader. He dedicated himself to several community groups, including Rotary Club, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the Avenel Foundation. Married for 43 years, he is survived by his wife, Rebecca King Mays; son Benjamin (Alleyne Dickens) Mays of Colonial Beach, VA: daughter Julia (Ken) Hurley of Christiansburg, VA; and grandchildren Tierney Mays and Mariella & Wyatt Hurley. A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bedford Rotary Foundation - Scholarship Fund in memory of William G. Mays (P.O. Box 922, Bedford, VA, 24523) or to St. John’s Episcopal Church (314 North Bridge Street, Bedford, VA. 24523). Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, (540) 586-7360.

Mabel Louise "Cootie" Carter Spence

Spence MabelMabel Carter “Cootie” Spence, 81, of Selbyville, DE, died Saturday, February 4, 2017. She was born in Thaxton, VA, on March 2, 1935, a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Carter and Emma Dooley Carter. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Blaine Spence; brothers, Floyd Carter, George Carter; and sisters, Ruby Orange, Nellie Overstreet, Edna Welch, and Virginia Robertson. She is survived by daughters, Barbara Carter Overstreet, Jane Johnson and husband Jim; sister, Arlene Hartberger; brother, Homer Carter; also raised by Emma and Andrew Carter, Obie Carter Sr., Myrtle Nester; grandchildren, Sylvia White, Michael Carter, John Johnson, Roger Dale Overstreet Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Charlotte Welsh, Ed Johnson, Joseph Johnson; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Tim Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Rebecca Ann Croft Fuqua

Fuqua RebeccaRebecca Ann Croft Fuqua left us on January 29, 2017 at Autumn Care of Altavista. She was born in Bedford County, VA on March 3, 1934 and was the daughter of the late Roy & Mabel Croft and wife of the late Charlie Dunn Fuqua. She was preceded in death by her five brothers, Sam, Lee, Hal, Mac, and Paul; two sisters, Jo Milton and Jane Arthur, and is survived by two sisters, Nell Blandford of Bedford and Nancy Gray of Altavista. She was blessed with two sons Alex Fuqua and C.S. Fuqua; two grandsons, Kevin Fuqua and Jeffrey King; two granddaughters, Nichole Blackwood and Christina Fuqua; three great-grandsons, Lucas, Beau, and Bryce Blackwood, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins. In 1964, she moved to a Washington DC suburb in Maryland and retired from PEPCO after 29 years. She was a devoted church member at Timber Ridge Baptist Church in Bedford County and Whitehall in Accokeek, MD. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, February 4, at Timber Ridge Baptist Church with Pastor Phillip Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Timber Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Timber Ridge Baptist Church, Centra Hospice or Autumn Care of Altavista. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Gladys Louise Hartless McCrary

Gladys McCrary passed away in peace on Friday night, January 27, 2017. Gladys was born on January 16, 1917 and met her goal of fully living 100 years of life on January 16, 2017. Gladys was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to everyone who met her. She loved the Lord and is now happy in Heaven. She leaves behind her daughter Karen “Susie” Singleton (Steve); son, Kenny McCrary (Priscilla); and special niece Dixie Toal. In addition, she is survived by her grandson, Jason McDaniel (Alita); and granddaughters, Lauren Hackworth (Allen) and Jenna McCrary. Gladys had five great grandchildren (Reagan, Aiden, Kayla, Cody and Kezli). Everyone will remember her for her spunk, her love of life and her never ending smile. A memorial service will be held in the near future. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.  

Scheduled Services

Dorothy Russell, 93, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 26, 2017. Arrangements pending.


Jimmy McNutt, 66, of Pocahontas, died Friday, February 24, 2017. Arrangements pending.