David 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, 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.
Marvin Vincent Witt, 65, of Bedford, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. He was born in Bedford on May 27, 1949, a son of the late Ben Davis Witt and Emma Evelyn Holdren Witt. He is preceded in death by two brothers; John and Billy Witt. He is survived by his son; Ben Witt, sister; Julinia Wilson and husband Ronald, brother; Moorman Witt and wife Gay, sister; Kay Dooley and husband Russell, and many numerous friends. Marvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, honey bees, and being in the outdoors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718 or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. A visitation will be held Sunday, July 13, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Ronnie Mark Cash, 55, departed this life on Thursday, July 3, 2014, surrounded by those he treasured most, "his girls" - the love of his life, Wendy A. Cash, wife of 30 years, and daughters Brandy R. Cash and Bethany A. Holland, all of Forest – after a strong, courageous fight with Melanoma. Born June 9, 1959, Ronnie was the son to the late Cecil E. Cash and Elatha B. Cash, and a twin brother to beloved Donnie E. Cash, all of whom he is now reunited with in Heaven. He was blessed to be "Papaw" to grand-daughter Brylee G. Holland, his "Doodlebug", and father to son-in-law Jordan T. Holland. In addition to "his girls", he is also survived by sisters Cindy A. Soos (husband Michael), Tammy D. Henson (husband Bruce); brothers Joe E. Cash and Bobby W. Cash (wife Patricia); in-laws Harry E. Barber, Martha L. Barber, Scott E. Barber and Mark B. Barber; as well as nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. Ronnie put his heart and best into everything he did. Working with his hands was a passion, and you could often find him in his shop tinkering or working on a project. He loved riding the open road on his Harley, aka "The Beast", enjoyed the smell of burning rubber of a drag strip and taking in fresh air at a camp site. A man of faith, Ronnie attended Timberlake United Methodist Church. And, for the past 12 years, he took immense pride in working as an Industrial Electrician with B&W Corporation. More importantly, he was a proud family man who valued time with all his girls—making sure they were taken care of in every way. Ronnie imprinted the following to family and friends: "What you think is important, really isn't; what you take for granted, really is." To honor his memory, a Celebration of Life will be held from 6p – 8p on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Timberlake United Methodist Church. Burch-Messier Funeral Home is helping to service the family during this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Melanoma Research Foundation (www.melanoma.org) or to the Bedford Humane Society.
Robert John "Bobby" Carter, 43, of Bedford, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at home with family by his side. He was born Bridgeton, NJ on May 12, 1971. He is survived by his parents, John W. Carter, Sr. and Mary V. Carter of Bedford, his sister, Michelle L. Nichols and her husband, Jefferson D. Nichols; his nephew, Zachary S. Carter and nieces, Julia D. Nichols and Alexa M. Nichols all of Appomattox; his half brother, John W. Carter, Jr. and wife, Josie Carter of Vineland, NJ; And several other close family members and friends. In lieu of flowers the family wishes you consider memorials in his honor to the Bobby Carter Memorial Fund to Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523 to help with his funeral expenses. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, and the visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 540-586-7360.
Roy Calvin Dooley, 80, of Bedford, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Bedford County on December 29, 1933 a son of the late Harry Lee Dooley and Parry Lee Overstreet Dooley. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters, his grandson, Michael Brian Flowers; three great-granddaughters, Dustin Shey Dalton, Skyler Renee Lilly and Cheyenne Nicole Tuck. He was a retired hand furniture carver with Frank Chervan for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Carter Dooley; his children, Jean Flowers and husband, Carl; Tommy Dooley and wife, Penny; Wanda Brown and husband, J.B.; Patricia Jones and husband, Rickie; eleven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Grace Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Carter Family Cemetery with Rev. Greg Rogers and Rev. Michael Dodson, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Lynda Marshall Moses quietly went to meet her maker on June 26, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jane and Otis Marshall and a brother, Otis (Chuck) Marshall. She is survived by her loving husband, Doug; her beloved cousin Sandra Soule; and a host of caring friends. Lynda was self employed and also was with Clam Digger Seafood since its onset. Lynda was an artist, a gardener, a wonderful cook and an inspiration to those who knew her. She never met a stranger and helped many people during her lifetime. She has written a children's book that is in the process of being published. Lynda will be remembered in the hearts and minds of all who knew her. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256. A Celebration of her Life will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Main Street United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Kathryn "Kitty" Adams, 77, of Lynchburg, died Monday, June 16, 2014. She was born in Van, WV on January 7, 1937. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Bown and Venice Huffman Atkins; and a son, Michael Johnson. Kitty is survived by her husband, Jim Adams; a son, Gary Johnson; a daughter, Gail Tatum; a daughter, Sally Bowling and her fiancé, Scott Bolton; a son, Joseph Johnson; three step-children, Chris Adams, Johnny Adams, and Angie Luttrell; thirteen grandchildren and six great-granddaughters; her special friend, Odessa Johnson. A graveside service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Concord Cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Ruth Evelyn Braden Specht, 91, of Lynchburg, died Monday, June 16, 2014. She was born in Kentucky on July 4, 1922 to the late Frank and Margie Smith Braden. She is survived by her son; Robert Campbell and his wife Libby, grandchildren; Cindy Childress and her husband, Brady, Stacy Thompson and her husband Chris, great-grandchildren; Elizabeth Childress, Amanda Childress, Campbell Thompson; several nieces and nephews including, nieces, Theresa Parks and Coleen Dalton. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Vernon Lee Bigger, was the son of the late Vernon and Catherine Bigger, went from labor to reward, June 15, 2014 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. Left to cherish his memory is three brothers, Murrel (Donna) Bigger of Columbia, SC; Reginald Bigger of Lynchburg; Rev. David (Marie) Brown of Nelson Co.; two sisters, Ellen Skipper of Lynchburg and Nancy Hubbard of Madison Heights, and a devoted friend, Elanore Meadows; and a host of nieces and nephews. Vernon served his country in the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Davis-Turner Funeral Home, Lynchburg. Cremation arrangements provided by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Ian Hustings, 83, of Elks National Home, Bedford, died Friday. A memorial service will be held, 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, at Elks National Home, Bedford.