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Obituaries

Bobbie Jarrell Brunning

Bobbie Jarrell Brunning, 73, of Bedford, died Saturday, August 16, 2014. He was born in Gauley Bridge, WV on August 9, 1941 a son of the late William Walter Brunning and Faye Schoolcraft Brunning. He served his country in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth Ann Brunning; three children, Ashley, Clayton and Heather; two grandchildren, Tucker and Dalton; a sister, Virginia Cole and a brother, Jimmy Brunning; a favorite niece, Charlotte. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Faith Fellowship Assemblies of God, 217 W. Depot Street, Bedford, Va 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Andy Ray Rich

Rich AndyAndy Ray Rich, 50, of Richmond, VA, went to be with the Lord on August 13, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Donna Mallicote, his three children; (AJ) Andy Ray Mallicote, Austin Joseph Rich, Alexis Aarin Rich, his father; Clarence Joseph Rich, siblings; Terri L. Rich, Mike Goddard, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Kathey Rose Thore and Allen Williams. Andy was preceded in death by his mother; Mary C. Crawford, brother-in-law; Tim Bailey, and two friends; Michael Ashworth and Marty Whitt. Burch-Messier Funeral Home 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.

Roger Lee Burge, Sr.

Burge Roger 1Roger Lee Burge, Sr. "Smiley", 64, of Amherst, was called to his heavenly home Tuesday, August 5, 2014. He was the son of the late Joseph Henry Burge and the late Alice Virginia Burge. Roger is survived by his wife Mary Campbell Burge, of 44 years, a son Roger Lee Burge of Roanoke; a brother Wayne Burge of Spout Springs; five grandchildren; Paris Small, Dakota Burge, Christian Harris, Caylin Campbell and Savannah Martin; a nephew Roger Campbell and a niece, Pam Campbell of Amherst and a special nephew, Kenneth Mayberry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Betty Jean Tipton. Roger was always willing and ready to help out family and friends in any way he could. He loved playing with his dogs and spending time with his family. Roger also enjoyed collecting antique cars. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014 at Amazing Grace Ministries, 101 Morgan Street, Lynchburg, Va., 24502. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Amazing Grace Ministries with the pastor Bill Evan officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Lynne Hughson

Mary Lynne Hughson, 63, of Hardy passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, August 3, 2014. She is the daughter of Ms. Virginia Hughson of Roanoke and the late Robert S. Hughson. She is preceded in death by her oldest sister, Judy Woody of Hurdle Mills, NC. She is survived by her sister, Anne Cook, of Daleville, nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends. Visitation will be held, Saturday, August 9, at East Lake Community Church, 1118 Hendricks Store Rd., Moneta from 11 am 12pm. The funeral service will immediately follow in the church sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Good Samaritan Hospice of Roanoke. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317, W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Michael Keen Haynes

Michael Keen Haynes, 75, of Bedford, died Monday, July 28, 2014. There will be no services. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, is assisting the family.

Carl Edgar Recknor

Carl Edgar Recknor, 67, of Bedford, died Friday, July 25, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Buford Hunter Nash

Nash BufordBuford Hunter Nash of Gladys, Va, died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his residence. Buford was born in Appomattox County on August 14, 1933. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hunter S. and Willie Burks Nash of Spout Springs; a brother, David S. Nash of Appomattox; twin brother, Binford B. Nash of Gladys and a grandson, Eric Eugene Hubbard of Gladys. Buford is survived by his faithful and courageous wife of 62 years, Janet Clement Nash; brother, Paul T. Nash and wife, Peggy; sister-in-law, Bessie Nash of Gladys; a son, Dennis Wayne Nash and his special friend, Carrie Britt of Gladys; daughter, Cynthia Nash Bailey and husband, Mac of Lynchburg; a son, Timothy Mac Nash and wife, Emily of Gladys; a daughter, Beverly Pay Nash of Gladys; his grandchildren, Robert M. Hubbard and wife, Sandra; Justin J. Nash and wife Cyndal; Brian B. Hubbard and wife, Jessica; Joshua H. Nash and wife Ashley; Molly J. Nash; his great-grandchildren, Aiden, Alex, Kate and Henley; step-grandchildren, Mike Bailey, Sheri Davis and Suzanne Burley; many nieces and nephews, special friends and neighbors, Bobby and Karen Hubbard and Amanda Mays. He was a member of Kendron Baptist Church in Gladys. He was a charter member of both the Citizens Emergency Crew and Volunteer Fire Department. Buford was vice president of H.S. Nash Timber Corporation and a member of Mackey Masonice Lodge #69 in Rustburg for over 50 years. As a quadriplegic, Buford was confined to a wheel chair for 44 years. The last few years of his life he was confined to his bed. To the end he was an inspiration to others and a prayer warrior on behalf of those he loved. He was a constant friend who inspired his friends, family and especially his grandchildren with understanding, advice, wisdom, storytelling, comedy, support, acceptance and encouragement. He will be greatly missed by many. Buford requested in lieu flowers that memorials may be made to Gideons, Gleaning for the World, Citizens Emergency Crew and Glady Volunteer Fire Department. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Kedron Baptist Church in Gladys. The family will receive friends following the service and at other times at the residence. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Gary Clinton Allen

Allen GaryGary Clinton Allen, 65, of Buena Vista, died Monday, July 21, 2014. Gary was born in Lexington, VA, on February 8, 1949 to the late Mildred Allen Hartless. In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by his sister; Bonnie Hartless, his mama and daddy, Sam and Cornelia Allen. He loved his family; fishing, tomatoes, his garden and he served his country in the United States Navy in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife of 40 years; Carol Burch Allen, sons; Will C. Allen and wife Shannon, Seth Eli Allen, grandchildren; Kelsey Bibbo, Matthew Allen; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Odeliah Montgomery, brothers; Joey L. Hartless and wife, Dilly, Wayne Hartless, and many other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rockbridge Hospice. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 26, at Bolling, Grose and Lotts Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dean Staton officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of Gary and Carol on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 11 am to 8 pm. Gary can be viewed anytime on Friday between the hours of 9am and 5 pm at Bolling, Grose and Lotts Funeral Home, Buena Vista.

David Clinton "DC" Owens Jr.

OwensDavid Clinton “D.C.”Owens, Jr., 77, of Bedford, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Born in Pulaski, Va he was the son of the late David C. Owens, Sr. and Ruth Nellie Quesenberry Owens. He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Larry Worsham and Buddy North, of Bedford. He was a retired Boilermaker and also the owner of D.C.’s Auto Sales for ten years. He loved playing music, playing in a band, Country Playboys, in his younger years along with a brother and friends. He loved buying cars, working on them, and racing. He is survived by his second wife, Rebecca Turpin Owens, of Bedford; sons, David C. Owens, Daniel C. Owens and wife Anita, of Virginia Beach; daughter, Sonja O. Johnson and husband Barry, of KY.,; step-son Hunter Turpin, of Bedford; adopted daughter Nikki Owens of PA; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sisters, Patsy North and Mary Worsham of Bedford; Ruth Owens, of Lynchburg; brothers, John Owens and wife Becky, James Owens and wife Joanne, of Bedford, Fred Owens and wife Chris, of Pulaski, Donald Owens, of S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials can be made to Bedford County Life Saving Crew. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 15th, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street location. A visitation was held 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, July 14, 2014, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street location, 1235 Walnut Street. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360. 

 

Robert Earl "Robby" Miller

Miller RobbyRobert Earl “Robby” Miller, 51, of Bedford died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Born in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late Samuel Alfred Miller and Mary Lou Phillips (John W.). He was a self employed photographer and enjoyed photographing Liberty High School sports. He is survived by his sons; Matthew (Lori), Adam, and Marc Miller, sister; Crystal Walker (Preston), five grandchildren, and numerous Uncles, Aunts, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins, including; Peewee and Margaret Carter and Becky Dooley. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider memorials to Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St, Bedford, VA., 24523 to help with Robby’s funeral expenses. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., July 16, and family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m., July 15. All services will be held at Burch-Messier Walnut St. location, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services

Jane Gertrude Arthur, 96, of Bedford, died Tuesday. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, at Cross Roads Baptist Church, 4827 Delray St. NW, Roanoke, with burial in Fairview Cemetery,  3300 Melrose Ave NW Roanoke. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.


John Jay Heatwole, 87, of Gladys, died Tuesday. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m., September 6, at Rustburg Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1291 Bear Creek Road, Rustburg.