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Obituaries

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.

Gail Lillian Smith

Gail Lillian Smith, 66, of Thaxton, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, January 8, 2015. She was born on February, 28, 1948 in Paterson, New Jersey to the late Walter Smith and Beatrice Cordts Smith. Gail graduated from Fair Lawn High School and then went on to achieve a certificate in bookkeeping where she was the Chief Financial Officer of her husband's automotive businesses for many years. Gail loved to spend time with her family and friends and as a young girl loved summer's and vacation's at her Aunt's farm in the Catskills with her brother, Allen. During the time on her Aunt's farm she realized her love of horses and as a result became a horsewoman. Gail's love and enthusiasm influenced her daughters as well as her husband and when the family moved to Arizona in the early 1980's the family showed Arabian horses in the community. Gail was passionate about cats as she was horses and subsequently started a cattery she called LuvTails for Bengal cats. Gail directly contributed to the breed by showing, selling, and educating the public about the Bengal Breed regarding the breed's development and made many friends along the way. Gail had her special Bengal Cats Streak and Chantelle with her when she passed. Gail was a devoted mother who loved to take long day trips where she and her daughter's explored the country side learning about the area the family lived in. Gail enjoyed these trips immensely as she loved to see the world and during these many trips she taught her daughters the appreciation of beauty, traveling, new experiences, and most of all fun. Gail is survived by her two daughters; Shannon Ziokowski (Flagstaff, Az), Pandora (Ziokowski) Palmer (Billings, Mt) and husband Greg; grandson; Tymon Palmer, brother; Allen Smith (Troutville, Va), her nephew; Glenn Smith (Columbia, SC), and the father of her children; Edward Ziokowski (Eloy, AZ). Gail also leaves behind her good friends Marleen "Marney" Golder (Tuscon, Az), Dianne and Herman Cupp (Bedford, Virginia). Gail will be missed as she was greatly loved by both family and friends who will remember her warmth, friendly smile, generosity, and her humor. Gail lived by a motto hang loose or take life's trips as it comes, in other words relax and everything will be all right. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Joann Sites

Joann Sites, 80, of Bedford, died Thursday, January 8, 2015. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Christine McGuire Bobbitt

Bobbitt ChristineChristine McGuire Bobbitt, 87, of Bedford, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015. She was born in Bedford County on October 4, 1927 a daughter of the late, Seth Elbert McGuire, Sr. and Ora Cook McGuire. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Bobbitt; her son, Lewis Ray "Butch" Bobbitt; brothers, Jake, Seth, Jr. and Ed; sisters, Josephine and Gladys. Christine was a member of Thaxton Baptist Church. She is survived by her grandchildren; Brian Scott Bobbitt, Kimberly Kay Bobbitt and Lewis Ray "Chip" Bobbitt, Jr. and his fiancée, Loretta; her great-grandson, Isaiah; her brother, William McGuire (Catherine); her sisters, Evelyn Overstreet, Helen Overstreet (Berry); Mary Lou Gardner (Junior); many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Janice Bobbitt for her care of Christine. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Thaxton Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Krantz officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Frank Garrett Johnson

Frank Garrett Johnson, 64, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at his home after an extended illness. He was born September 3, 1950, to his father, the late Alexander Johnson and Irene Powell Johnson, who survives. Also surviving are his wife of 40 years, Ada Templeton Johnson; sons, Chris (Tracy) and Todd (Allison); daughters, Tracy Nichols (Rodney) and Lynne Hall (Jacob); grandchildren, Hunter and Jacob Johnson, Kaleb Johnson, Tristen, Justyn, and Selenia Nichols, Skylyn and Julius Hall; sister, Joyce Hogan (Bobby) and Brothers Larry (Brenda) and Kenneth Johnson. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Don Johnson. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at Thomas Terrace Baptist church in the Family Life Center on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 3 p.m. with the Reverends Mark Grooms, Charles Schooler, and Michael Templeton officiating. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the celebration service. The family wishes to express their gratitude to TTBC pastor and congregation, Salem United Methodist Church pastor and congregation, the numerous therapists, the staff of Hanger Prosthetics, Drs. Gregg Albers and Lawrence Poletti, Gentle Shepherd Hospice and especially his father-in-law, Scott Templeton, all who diligently helped with his care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services

Richard Thomas Mitchen, 70, of Bedford, died January, 24, 2015. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. A visitation will be held  6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.