Obituaries
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Obituaries

Philip William Lanteri

Philip William Lanteri, 64, of Bedford died Wednesday, March 11, 2015. He was born in Connecticut on October 5, 1950 a son of the late Sebastian and Virginia Lanteri. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Eric Marsh. He was a member of the Bedford Church of God. Philip was survived by his wife, of 37 years, Linda Hagerman Lanteri; a brother, Robert Lanteri; a grandson, William Troy Marsh; two nieces. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Bedford Church of God, 1212 E. Main Street, Bedford. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Rachel Beatrice Whorley Wright

Wright RachelRachel Whorley Wright, 73, of Madison Heights, passed away, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Fairmont Crossings in Amherst after a long battle of diabetes and heart disease. She was born in Big Island, Va on March 5, 1942. Rachel was preceded by four sisters and four brothers. She was the wife of Robert Wright of 44 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Therese Wright and husband, Ben; Wanda Thompson and husband, Joe; and Jr. Wright; six grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Scott and Jonathan Thompson, Brent, Heather, Cheyenne and Dallas Wright; her brother, Larry Whorley; three sisters, Nancy Whorley, Brenda Peters, Barbara McKinney; numerous nieces and nephews. She was a hard worker and kept elderly people in her home for over twenty years. A celebration of life for Rachel will be held on Saturday, March 21st at Temple Baptist Church in Madison Heights at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor J. D. Surbaugh and her son-in-law, Joe Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon till time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Temple Christian School Building Fund or Amherst Dialysis. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Leona Elizabeth Mohr Bartram

Bartram LeonaLeona Elizabeth Mohr Bartram, 86, of Lynchburg, departed to rest with her Lord on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Lynchburg (VA) General Hospital. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Mohr of Red Bud, Illinois, Lee leaves behind a legion of family and friends. Her husband, Laurence Bartram (Larry) thanks her for 60 blessed years of marriage. Her two sons, Laurence Bartram, Jr. and his wife, Lisanne, of Clinton, NJ and Lane Bartram and his wife, Jill, of Overland Park, KS thank her for just being Mom. Her deceased daughter, Laurie Lee Bartram McCauley, and her widowed son-in-law, Gregory McCauley, and his wife, Rachel, adore her memory. She also leaves behind one brother, Victor L. Mohr, of Red Bud, Illinois. Ten grandchildren dedicate their glittering accomplishments to Lee's own. The family was proud of her terms as President of the following: The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of St. Louis; The Woman's Club of Lynchburg; and the Friends of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. A Memorial Service will be held at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2424 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. Family and friends are invited to gather for fellowship after the service at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee's memory may be made to Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bedford.

Karen Renee Thompson Moreno

Moreno Karen 2Karen Thompson Moreno, 37, of Red House, died Friday, February 27, 2015. She was born in Lynchburg on August 22, 1977, a daughter of Teresa and Mike Arellano of Spout Spring and Johnny Edward Thompson, Sr. of Gladys. Karen was the Deli Manager for Carson's Store in Concord. In addition to her parents she is survived by, her husband, Salvador Moreno; her children, Lucas, Savannah and Aaliyah; two brothers, Johnny Eddie Thompson, Jr. and Luis Arellano; two aunts, an uncle; her father-in-law, Salvador Moreno, Sr.; and several nieces and nephews including, a special niece, Brittany Fitzgerald. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening, March 5, 2015 at Providence Baptist Church, 488 Lawyers Rd. Red House, VA 23963 with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to gofundme.com for Karen Moreno. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

William Fred Nobles

Nobles William FredWilliam Fred Nobles, 74, of Bedford, died Sunday, February, 8, 2015. He was born in Homestead, FL on November 7, 1940 a son of the late Fred Lee Nobles and Myrtle Pye Nobles. He is survived by his wife, Scheherazade Marie "Dolly" Stoeckley Nobles; his children, Carol Wagner; William Lee Nobles; Laura Rivero; Mario Rivero, Angelica R. Willoughby and Thomas C. Nobles; Nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11, at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church with Father Salvador AƱonuevo presiding with a reception to immediately follow. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the reception in Resurrection Catholic Church Cemetery, Moneta. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Erie Waide Layne Bailey

Erie Waide Layne Bailey, 78, of Evington, died Friday, January 30, 2015. She was born in Gretna, VA on December 4, 1937, a daughter of the late George Edward Layne and Ellie Reynolds Layne. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister; Ellie Layne Tucker, brother; Edward R. "Bobby" Layne. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Donald Ray Bailey. She was a retired employee of C.B. Fleet and a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. Erie loved and touched the lives of her nieces, nephews, family, and friends who are left to remember her. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 7, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 108 Melinda Drive, Lynchburg, VA, with a meal to follow. A visitation will be held 10:00 a.m., prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Alton Anthony "Tony" Krantz

Krantz Alton TonyAlton Anthony "Tony" Krantz, 47, went home to be with our Lord, January 26, 2015, at his home located in Claremont, N.C. He was born in Richmond, VA on March, 17, 1967. He was preceded in death by his father Alton Otis Krantz, brothers; Jimmy Krantz and Robert Lee Krantz. He is survived by his mother Nancy Roberts of Lynchburg, Va.; his son Joshua Krantz, grandson; Zackery Krantz of Taylorsville N.C., brother; Eddie Lee Krantz of Brookneal, Va., sisters; Sandra Krantz & Susan Nuckles, lifelong friends; Billy and Annette Gilbert of N.C., and many more close loved ones and friends. Graveside services will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Concord Cemetery, 42 Phoebe Pond Road Concord, Va. 24538. The family will receive friends following the funeral at Jean Powell Adcocks home located at 347 Dixie Airport Rd. Madison Heights, Va. 24572. The family asks that any donations or contributions be sent to his son Joshua Krantz located at 118 Greenlea Circle Taylorsville, N.C. 28681. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Richard Thomas Mitchen

Mitchen RichardRichard Thomas Mitchen, 70, of Bedford died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Bedford County on September 14, 1944 a son of the late Sidney Thomas Mitchen and Ruth Howell Mitchen. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his, brothers, Dock and Jimmy Mitchen. He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad with 32 years' service. Richard loved and was dedicated to his family and was an avid outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pauline Wilson Mitchen, a son, Troy Allen Mitchen and wife, Becky; two daughters, Annette Helmick and husband, Dwayne; Patricia Creasey and husband, Derek; his grandchildren, Brandon Mitchen, Serenna Mitchen, Brittany Boyles and husband, Dustin, B.J. and Levi Salmonsen, Sidney Higginbotham, Hunter, Emily and Colton Creasey; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bobbie Mitchen and wife, Juanita; Dennis Mitchen and wife, Debbie; a sister, Jewel Dawson and husband, Don; numerous extended family members and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hunters for the Hungry, 1108 Sedalia School Rd. Big Island, VA 24526. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Rock Chocklett officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.

Carol Mary Doyle Knakal

Carol Doyle Knakal, 77, of Lynchburg, died Thursday, January 22, 2015. She was born in New York on May 3, 1937 a daughter of the late Emmett Doyle and Ruth Ellis Doyle. She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn Smith and husband, Ron of Lynchburg; Karen Cercone and husband Steve of Spotsylvania, and Christine Templeton and husband Stephen of Idaho; a brother, Dennis Doyle and wife Diane of New York and a sister, Lois Schwall and husband Leonard; five grandchildren, Ryan Marsh, Christopher Knakal, Noah Smith, Gabrielle Cercone and Nicholas Cercone and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2050 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Meta Olivia Hughes McCormick

Meta Olivia Hughes McCormick, 91, of Bedford and formerly of Rockbridge County died Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was born in Rockbridge County on December 8, 1923, a daughter of the late, Marmont Bernadatte Hughes and Ocea Agnes Knick Hughes. Meta was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lloyd McCormick and a brother, Reaford D. Hughes. She is survived by her daughter, Norma Jean Edwards and husband, Bill of Bedford; a grandson, Stan Edwards of Mechanicsville, VA; great-grandsons, Zac and Logan Edwards of Mechanicsville, VA; brother, C. B. Hughes and wife, Dolly of Lexington, VA; sister, Brenda Lee Wilhem of Lexington, VA; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Bedford Life Saving Crew or a charity of your choice. A graveside service will be held 12 noon on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens, 116 Peaceful Lane, Lexington, VA 24450 with Rev. Phil Bailey officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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