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Obituaries

Carolyn Sue Evans Loyd

Loyd CarolynCarolyn Sue Evans Loyd, 54, of Vinton, went to her heavenly home Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Carolyn was a loving and caring person who always put others needs before her own. Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Chuck Loyd; sons, Daniel Richard Loyd, Charles Aaron Loyd; mother, Barbara Evans; mother-in-law, Norma Loyd; three sisters and a brother. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Evans, and her father-in-law, A.R. Loyd. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Simpson Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 26, at Simpson Funeral Home, Roanoke. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Virginia Mary Brand Swanson

Virginia Mary Brand Swanson, 88, of Lynchburg, died Sunday, September 7, 2014. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Helen Paschel Johnson Nuckolds

Helen Paschel Johnson Nuckolds, 96, died, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Oakwood Manor. She was born in Bedford County on August 1. 1918 a daughter of the late Harden Hosten Johnson, Sr. and Nannie Marshall Johnson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Coleman Nuckolds, her sisters, Eva Turner, Frances Feather, Molly Witte, Nannie Sue Atkinson; a brother, Harden Hosten Johnson, Jr. She is survived by her children, Frances Tuck, Robert Rex Nuckolds (Kathy); Janet Rainey; grandchildren, Jerry and Robie Tuck; Frieda Harman, W. Glenn Rainey; Priscilla Nuckolds, Barbara Thomas; Rebecca Rowland and Timothy Nuckolds; thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Helen went to Moneta High School, farmed, and worked at Saunders Marina. She drove the school bus and worked in the cafeteria at Staunton River High School. Memorials may be made to the Patmos United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held 11:00 Wednesday at Patmos United Methodist Church with Dr. Riley R. Smith, Jr. officiating. The family will recieve friends from 10:30 till service time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

James Starr Black

James Starr Black, 76, of Forest, died Friday, September 5, 2014. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317, W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Sue Sieman Rowan

Sue Sieman Rowan, 91, of Bedford, died Friday, September 5, 2014. Arrangemants by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Jane Gertrude Arthur

Jane Gertrude Arthur, 96, of Bedford, and formerly of Roanoke, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014. She was born in Bedford on September 10, 1917 a daughter of the late Harry Cephus Arthur and Beatrice Elizabeth Campbell Arthur. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her siblings, Minnie Flora Comer, Robert Samuel Arthur, Harry Earle Arthur and Helen Eldevia Grisham. She was retired from Belk in Roanoke with 49 years of service. She is survived by her sisters, Annie Laura Keyes and Beatrice May. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at Cross Road Baptist Church, 4827 Delray St NW, Roanoke with burial following in the Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Fredie Earl Burdine

Fredie Earl Burdine, 48, of Lynchburg, VA died Thursday August 28, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Fredie was born in Mobile, AL and graduated from Yazoo City High School. He was the son of the late Fredie Earl Burdine, Sr., of Yazoo City, MS and Paulette (Emmett) Smith of Lake Village, AR. He is survived by his partner, John Ward of Lynchburg, a sister, Phyllis (Mark) Hendricks of Fortson, GA and a brother, Bradley (Candy) Burdine of Cunningham, TN. He leaves behind three neices, Brandy Burdine (Jeffrey Chester), Jessica Hendricks (Travis Johnson) and Anneliese Hendricks and two nephews, Jay Jefcoat and Mark Hendricks, II, and many special aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his father, Fredie was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Estelle Burdine of Kosciusko, MS and his maternal grandparents, Herman and Doris Stipe of Elm Mott, TX. Because of his concern for children and his desire to always help others, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Jay Heatwole

John Jay Heatwole, 87, of Gladys, passed on August 26, 2014 at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, Va. Born January 14, 1927; he was the son of Howard Russell and Gertrude (Simmers) Heatwole. John had a passion for gardening and was a faithful member of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years. He is survived by his wife Ellen and four step-children Darlene, Jeffrey Epperson, Joel Epperson and Jamey Epperson; sons Howard Heatwole: Dennis Heatwole; daughters Teresa Sherman; Pamela Snowburg; Karen Fleming; Cheryl Copenhaver; 22 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughters Suzanne and Trudy. He is survived by one sister Shirley Alexander. The memorial service will be at the Rustburg Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 1291 Bear Creek Road Rustburg, Va. on September 6, 2014 at 4 p.m. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robert Odie Joines Jr.

Robert Odie Joines Jr., 68, of Gretna, died Saturday, August 23, 2014. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Katherine Ashwell Kidd

Katherine Ashwell Kidd, 65, of Lynchburg, died Friday. She is survived by her children, Eddie Shepherd, Marie Hymer, Bobby Shepherd, Jr. and Sharon Shepherd-Hanna. A Memorial Service will be held 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.

Scheduled Services

Roger Laughlin, 70, of Gladys, died Sunday. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 4, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m., at Mountain View Christian Fellowship, 120 Dillard Road, Madison Heights.


Catherine Marie Touna, 53, Forest, died Tuesday. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014 at First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg.


Nina Cauthorn Jarvis, 98, of Bedford died Wednesday. Arrangements pending.