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Obituaries

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.

Nancy Lee Parrish Parr

Parr NancyNancy Parrish Parr, 74, of Bedford, VA, died peacefully at her home Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Born Nancy Leah Parrish October 10, 1940, in Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Mabel Burnette Parrish and Charles Ellie Parrish. She graduated from Bedford High School and worked for almost 25 years for Rubatex Corp. Pimarily in its Quality Control Laboratories. She was a life-long member of Bedford Christian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir for many years. A devoted wife and mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger John Parr. She is survived by her sister, Fannie Parrish Ward of Lexington, SC; her son, Bryan Parr and his wife, Joyce Parr of Bedford; her daughter, Deborah Gross and her husband, Daniel Gross of Mechanicsville, MD; her grandchildren, Courtney Parker, Kyler Parr, Kirsten Parr, Hannah Gross and Alan Gross; and great-grandchild, Cameron Shepherd. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Burch-Messier Main Street Location, 317 W. Main Street. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. David Whitehurst and Rev. Jim Compton officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Bedford, Bedford Christian Church Building Fund or the Bedford Life Saving Crew in memory of her father. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Troy Dwayne Greenway

Greenway TroyTroy Dwayne Greenway, 40, of Bedford died Wednesday, January 14, 2015. He was born in Roanoke on July 16, 1974 a son of the late James Edward Greenway and Virginia Diane Myers Greenway. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Greenway; a sister, Takita Greenway; uncle, Gary Greenway. He is survived by his daughter, Brittany Greenway; mother of his child, Tammy McBride; a brother, Bobby Greenway; nieces, Amber and Tiffany Greenway, Brienna, Megan and Jasmine; nephews, Will Greenway and Jason McBride; great-niece, Alayna Lambert; his best friends, Donald Johnson and Tracy Morrison and many cousins. Memorials may be made to Burch-Messier Funeral Home towards his funeral expenses. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.

Margaret Reley Overstreet Saunders

Saunders MargaretMargaret Reley Overstreet Saunders, 93, of Bedford died Tuesday, January 13, 2015. She was born in Bedford County on April 30, 1921, a daughter of the late Charlie and Susie Overstreet. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard West Saunders, five brothers and five sisters. She was a member of Thaxton Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Barry Dale Saunders and his wife, Sue; Carl Gray Saunders and his wife, Kathy; a sister, Edith O. Shelton; four grandchildren, Amanda Morgan and husband, Chris; Matthew Saunders, Allison Clonts and her husband, Jake; Emilie Saunders; two great-grandchildren, Isla Morgan and Amelia Clonts; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Memorials may be made to the Thaxton Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 32, Thaxton, VA 24174. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at Thaxton Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Krantz officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thaxton Baptist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Marva Bryant McKinney

McKinney MarvaMarva Bryant McKinney, 76, of Bedford, died Monday, January 12, 2015. She was born in Bedford on July 11, 1938 a daughter of the late, Eddie Winfree Bryant and Idelle Lyle Bryant. She was a member of Suck Spring Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Richard McKinney; a son, Randy McKinney; a brother, Junior Bryant. She is survived by a daughter, Lisa M. Hicks (John); four sons, Kenneth McKinney (Dana); Jeff McKinney; Steven McKinney (Brandi); Phillip McKinney; Eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law; Lois Williamson and Evelyn Huffman (Tom). The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Scheduled Services

Delsie Victoria "Twiggy" Snead, 46, of Roanoke, died Sunday, February 22, 2015. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 27, at Bedford Baptist Church.


Marjorie Jane "Mickey" Woodring Zelsaco, 83, of Lyncburg, died Monday, February 23, 2015. Per her wishes there will be no services.