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Obituaries

Terry Randolph Hackett Jr.

Terry Randolph "Bo" Hackett, Jr. 46, of Lynchburg, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. He is the son of Terry Randolph and Virginia Lambert Hackett. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters; Vicky Boyer and Becky Brightwell; two brothers, Gary Hackett and Dennis Hackett; five nephews, seven nieces. Terry was a loving and warmhearted person without a care at all. He was known for coming up with ideas that only Bo could know. He was known as "Bo knows". Memorials may be made to Burch-Messier Funeral Home to help with funeral arrangements. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 18, 2014, at East Brook Baptist Church, Lynchburg. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mildred Loraine Allen Overstreet

Overstreet Mildred 1Mrs. Mildred "Millie" Allen Overstreet, 81, of Moneta, VA, went home to be with her Heavenly Father and beloved husband on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Born in November 1932, she was a native of Bedford County, VA and the daughter of Homer and Lina Allen. She was a dedicated prayer warrior and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A member of Chamblissburg Baptist Church for over 50 years, she spent many happy times with the youth of the church, enjoyed singing in the choir, and teaching her ladies Sunday School class. After retirement from Halmode Apparel, she was able to spend even more time carrying out the Great Commission. Her joy was found in her Lord, and because of her witness and prayers many will rejoice with her again in Heaven one day. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Warren Guy Overstreet II; her father and mother, two brothers, and six sisters. She is survived by her sister, Sheron Cheek, and husband, Roger, of Bedford County, VA; son, Warren Guy Overstreet III and wife, Jennifer, of Montpelier, VA; daughter, Dianne Webb and husband, Tom, of Ayden, NC; grandchildren, T.W. Webb and wife, LouAnne, of Winston-Salem, NC; Heather Smith and husband, Scott, of Phoenix, AZ; Holly Entzminger and husband, Daniel, of Greenville, NC; Claire Overstreet of Haymarket, VA; Byron Overstreet of Ashland, VA; Ian Overstreet of Bristow, VA; great grandchildren, Courtney and Ryan Edwards; Ian Smith; Cherith, Marcus, and Michael Webb; Olivia, Eliza, and Christian Entzminger; and many wonderful friends. Fulfillment of her favorite Psalm has come at last: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bibles International, 609 36th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Chamblissburg Baptist Church with Pastor Joel Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523.

Rose Marie Creasey

Creasey RoseRose Marie Creaesy, 45, of Bedford, VA died Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was born July 6, 1968, in Bedford, VA., the daughter of Norman Bruce and Betty Brown Creasey. Rose was currently employed by Teva, previously employed by SCI, Ericsson, GE, Walmart, Cato's and Lane Bryant. She was a member The of Ladies of the Moose, Lodge #1415 in Lynchburg, VA. Rose is survived by two brothers, Jeffrey Norman Creasey and Billy James Creasey both of Bedford, and other extended family. The family would like to thank her friends and family for cards and phone calls during her illness. A memorial service will be held at the Walnut Street Chapel Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 6:00 pm. With the Reverend Vernon DeLong officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Bedford Fire Department 315 Bedford Avenue, Bedford Va. 24523. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford, VA (540-586-7360) will be assisting the family. Condolences can be left at Burch-Messier funeral home.

George Anderson Nuckols

Nuckols GeorgeGeorge Anderson Nuckols, 88, of Moneta VA died March 21, 2014. He was bornMarch 24, 1925, in Chatham, VA, a son of the late Joe Nuckols and Nora Nuckols Kidd. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his step father A.B. "Barney" Kidd, and two sisters, Janice Lee Sadlier, and Elizabeth Carter. George is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 48 years, Lavon Sexton Nuckols, two daughters Lisa Smith and husband Joe of Goode, Karen Terry and husband Steve of Roanoke, and two sons Michael Todd and wife Kyla of Bedford, Ira Dean Wallace of Moneta; very special grand-daughters, Katlynn Nuckols, Megan and Madison Nuckols, and great granddaughter Casey Ostrander, two sisters, Mattie Kidd of Moneta; Virginia Duncan and husband Quince of Vinton and his closet companion of 19 years his little dog "Peanut". George was a World War II Army veteran stationed at Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, and Luzon. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1Bronze Service Star, and numerous other medals. George worked for fifteen years at Rubatex and fifteen years for the City of Bedford from which he retired. From childhood he had a passion for farming and continued to do so after his retirement along with his wife, children, and his neighbor Joe Rowell. A special thank you to the R.A. Nester family for allowing his passion of farming to continue. The family would like to thank the Lynchburg Hospice for their loving and compassionate care. A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family and the family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorial contributions may be made to the George Nuckols Memorial fund C/O Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford, Virginia 24523. Burch-Messier Funeral Home of Bedford, (540-586-7360) will be assisting the family. Condolences can be left at Burch-Messier Funeral Home.

Dennie Millicent Lewis

Lewis DennieDennie Millicent Tucker Lewis, 43, of Rustburg, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Virginia Baptist Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda Burton Prior; her aunt, Susie Burton. Millicent is survived by her grandmother, Terresia Leonard Burton; her sister, Hillary Prior Hicks; her father, Roy Kessler Tucker, Jr.; lifelong friends, Stacey Angel, Tracey VanGilder and Lelia Bryant; special friend and caregiver, Mary Sawyer; a special thank you to Dr. Kathleen Paul and the staff of the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Dr. Lynchburg, VA 24501 or Centra Hospice, 2097 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24501. A celebration of her life will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at New Prospect Church, 509 Prospect Rd. Hurt, VA 24509 with Rev. Wayne Lanham officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service and a reception with follow in the Family Life Center at the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Leona Elizabeth Myers

Leona E. Myers, age 91, died March 15, 2014, in Lynchburg, VA. She was born September 23, 1922, to Jacob E. and Elizabeth Leiker in Munjor, Kansas. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School, and was employed as an administrative assistant in the medical, credit and insurance fields for 30 years in Hays, Kansas. Lee was married to the late Salvatore Tambascio for 48 years and shared his commitment to their community, Catholic faith and family. She was an accomplished writer and gifted artist with her artwork exhibited at the Hays Arts Center in 1995. Lee relocated to Hot Springs, AR, in 1996 when she married Paul D. Myers. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and member of the Council of Catholic Women and Morning Circle. Survivors include her husband, Paul; two granddaughters, Rory Vanlandingham and Aimee Rodgers; six great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Colleen Paul and Carole Pitts; her sister, Anita Lange;and many beloved nieces and nephews. Lee was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters and two brothers; daughter, Linda Marie Rodgers; and great-grandson, Jake. Intermentwill be in Hays, Kansas, with a memorial service to be held at a later date.Memorials may be made in Lee’s memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.

George Harrison Dudley

Dudley George HarrisonGeorge Harrison Dudley, Sr., 83, of Bedford, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born in Rockbridge Co. on July 20, 1930 a son of the late George Henry Dudley and Nora Bell Sloan Dudley Smith. Harrison attended the Bedford Church of God and owner/operator of Dudley Lumber and Logging for 39 years. For those that knew Harrison knew him to be a friendly, honorable and proud man. A loving and providing Husband, Father, Paw Paw and trusted friend. A man with a passion for his work of logging and sawmilling and just being in the great outdoors. The talent of building three beautiful homes and furniture for his family. He had a tenderness and love for animals throughout his life. He was a man like no other, a man that left his legacy behind for others to see, a love that can never be taken from us, because he will always remain in our hearts and memories. He was our sunshine and we will gaze upon those sparkling blue eyes once again. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his step-father, Parker Preston Smith, infant grandson, Matthew Dwayne Sims, two sisters, Beulah D. Cox and Helen S. Smith; brother, Ira W. Smith, a step-brother, Ernest P. Smith and step-sister, Eunice S. Bishop. Those left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 61 years, Margaret Allen Dudley, a son, George Harrison Dudley, Jr. (Dale); six daughters and their husbands, Kathy (Wayne) Whitworth; Wanda (Donald) Goodman; Joy (Ernie) Sims; Pam (Gary) Sims; Kimberly (Julian) Lindsay; Angela (Hal) LaFreniere; fifteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, two step grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Smith; a sister, Patsy Smith Arrington; step-brother, Hubert Smith; and many nephews & nieces; his best friend, Claude Patterson; A special thank you to his devoted care takers Linda Smith, David Blankenship, his special niece Amber Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 6045 Peters Creek Rd NW, Roanoke, VA 24019. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Bedford Church of God with Rev. K.B. Arnold and Rev. David M. Hinsen officiating. Burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bedford Church of God and other times at his home in Bedford Va. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Louis Welch

Welch JamesJames Louis Welch, 65, of Bedford died, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. He was born in Riverdale, MD on July 18, 1948. He is preceded in death by his father, Wesley Overstreet; Sr.; two brothers, Eugene Welch and Ronnie Overstreet; two step-children, Susie and Loretta Overstreet. James was the owner of Welch's Pump and Well and was a member of Cool Spring Pentecostal Holiness Church. James was a licensed minister of the Appalachian Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church serving in the Prison Ministry for 33 years with Rev. John Spinner. He is survived by his mother, Artie Welch Overstreet; his wife, Edna M. Welch; daughter, Pam Shepherd and husband, Tim; his step-children, Danny (Sharon) Overstreet, Edward Burks Overstreet, Jr. and Wayne (Kelly) Overstreet; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; his brothers, Wesley (Renee) Overstreet, Jr. and Donald (Janice) Overstreet; his sisters, Diane (Jimmy) Carter and Jeannette (Wallace) Harding. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Cool Spring Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Larry Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Cole McCarthy

James Cole McCarthy Jr,
April 10th 1945 to March 10th 2014

Our beloved Cole died after a long grueling battle with his illness at the age of 68.
He is survived by his wife Katja, Sylvia Milo and her family, his sisters Stephanie McCarthy Savage and Selene McCarthy Ellis.
Born in Hampton, VA he was the son of the late James Cole McCarthy and Irma Clark McCarthy.
Cole loved life and with his charisma, charm and wicked sense of humor attracted many people many of whom became dear close friends, who helped him faithfully through his ordeal during these last few weeks.
He was a gifted stonemason, passionate about music, motorcycles, cars and animals. Cole also served time in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
Being a fair, fun loving, but very deep person made so many people's lives richer.
Cole, you will be sorely missed by us all! 

A celebration of Cole's life will be held at a later date. Details will be announced. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

 

Linda Claire Levesque

Linda Claire Levesque, 66, of Lynchburg, VA passed away of a short illness, surrounded by her family on March 10, 2014. Linda was born in Lynn Massachusetts on March 29, 1947. She was survived by her daughters, Melissa Levesque, Jessica Claire Levesque-Scott, Jennifer Levesque-Walsh, son-in law, Eric Scott and future son-in law Will Smith, all of Lynchburg, Va. Also survived by her sisters, Donna Leggett, Debbie LeBrun of FL, her brothers, Ray LeBrun of NH, and Rick LeBrun of FL. "Nanny," was loved by her seven grandchildren, Anthony Izzo, Jasmine Rosser, Jada Rosser, Kimora Smith, Jeremiah Scott, Brianna Smith, Olivia Walsh, and several nieces and nephews, one who she helped raise, Shawna Belmore of FL. . She was a Senior Underwriter who retired from Genworth Financial of Lynchburg, VA. Linda loved shopping, magazines, QVC and was a doll collector. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services

Terry Randolph "Bo" Hackett, 46, of Lynchburg, died Saturday. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 18, 2014, at East Brook Baptist Church, Lynchburg. 


George Ray Mayhew, 81, of Bedford, died Wednesday. A funeral service will be held Saturday, 1:00 p.m., at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, burial will follow at Virginia Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday, 6-8 p.m., at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street.