Obituaries
(540) 586-7360
317 West Main Street Bedford, Virginia 24523

Obituaries

Everett Kent Wood Jr.

Everett Kent Wood, Jr. of Bedford, VA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Lynchburg General Hospital on October 21, 2014. He was born on October 27,1952 to Everett Kent Wood, Sr. and the late Esther Marie Hall Wood. In addition to his mother he was preceded by his sister, Debra Fay Wood and his father-in-law William Kenneth Clark. "JR" as he was affectionately known, was employed by the City of Bedford for 38 years having retired in 2011 due to health problems. He was one of the charter members of the Bedford Junior Lifesaving Crew and served with the crew for 20 years. In addition to his father, he is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Robin Clark Wood; his brother, Marvin Wayne Wood; his mother-in-law, Frances H. Clark; his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, numerous friends and his best fishing and hunting buddies, Mark Smith and Mike, Laurie and Nathan Cook. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, with Pastor Jon Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Bedford Lifesaving Crew, P O Box 161, Bedford, VA 24523; Bedford Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 508, Bedford, VA 24523, The National Kidney Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford VA, 540-586-7360.

Emma Delorus Lodge

Miss Emma Delorus Lodge, 93, of Bedford, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Lynchburg. Born, May 9, 1921 in Bedford, she was the daughter of the late, Luther Mason Lodge and Myrtle Booker Lodge. Emma was also preceded in death by her three brothers. She was a long-time employee of the Bedford Silk Mill later named Bedford Weaving Mill before retiring and was a lifetime member of Thaxton Baptist Church. Emma is survived by nephews, Joseph A. Lodge (Naomi), Michael E. Lodge and Randy B. Lodge (Betty). She also leaves numerous great nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Thaxton Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Melvin H. Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the Thaxton Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1hour prior to the service and following the service at the home of Randy and Betty Lodge. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Cathryn M. Collins Camden

Camden CathrynCathryn Collins Camden, 95, of Bedford, died Monday, October 13, 2014 at Campbell Rest Home. She was born in Bedford, VA on January 30, 1919 a daughter of the late Charles Robert Hurt and Grace Truman Mitchell Hurt. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank B. Collins and her second husband, Hayden B. Camden; her sisters, Alice Agee and Betsy Hurt. Cathryn was the supervisor at Campbell Rest Home for many years and was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She is survived by her children, Frank B. "Tommy" Collins and wife, Jeanne; H. B. Camden and wife, Joyce; Nina C. Wood and Cathy Bowyer Neas; her grandchildren, Chris and Eric Collins, Hali (Kyle) Griswold and Lydia Wood, Jeremy ( Stephanie) Johnson, Michael and Megan Camden, Thomas (Mandy) Bowyer, Travis Bowyer and Taylor (Dessie) Neas; nine great-grandchildren. Her family would like to send a special thank you to all that cared for Cathryn, including Dr. Brian D. Buchanan, Dr. Linda Beahm, Centra Bedford Hospice, Mary Jo and Bobby Jo, Campbell Rest Home and her church family, St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 9575 Big Island Hwy, Bedford, VA 24523. A celebration of her life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with Rev. Becky Crites officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Gary Michael Biggio

Biggio GaryGary Michael Biggio, 59, of Bedford died Monday, October 13, 2014. He was born on February 3, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in North Babylon, NY by his parents Olive Carnella Biggio of Bedford, VA and the late Raymond Francis Biggio. Gary graduated from Suffolk County Community College with a criminal justice degree. Upon moving to Lynchburg he completed the Lynchburg Police Academy and was hired by B & W were Gary retired after 32 years. His passions in life were spending time with his family, hiking, biking, his turtle farm, his Toyota trucks and he was so cheerful you could always hear him whistling. In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lenora Marie Biggio, three children, Adriane, Alan and his wife, Jodi and Brian Biggio; a grandson, Oliver Biggio; four brothers, Raymond and his wife, Debby; Jack and his wife, Beth; Ron and Paul; a sister, Rosie and her husband, Bob. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 2224 23rd St SE, Roanoke, VA 24014. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Father Salvador Añonuevo presiding. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.

Matthew Alexander Overstreet

Matthew Alexander Overstreet, infant, of Bedford, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his parents on October 5, 2014. Matthew was born on April 24, 2014 at UVA Medical Center where he lived his life until The Lord called him home. His parents would like to give a special thank you to all of the men and women at UVA Medical Center NICU for their love, care and devotion to Matthew. To the therapists, nurses, doctors and all who were blessed to see his smiling face, you will forever be a part of his family and will always have a special place in our hearts. You were so good to him; you made his time there more than just a hospital stay. You made it a home. From baths that made his hair fluff up to late night movies that made him smile, you did so much to make his time there special. We are so grateful for the many memories you allowed us to share with you. Even up unto his last moments, you were there to share our sorrow and help us through a very difficult time. You gave us so much comfort and made our last moments with him so special. They also want to thank the many people who had Matthew and the family in their thoughts and prayers. Your love and prayers have helped them so much and they are truly grateful. Matthew Alexander is the son of Michael and Christina Overstreet. His paternal grandparents are Sam and Edith Overstreet; and maternal grandparent MaryLu Maule. His maternal grandfather Tom Maule has welcomed him in Heaven. He is survived by his three siblings, Joshua, Taylor and Samuel Overstreet. His nephew Austin Puckett, his great-grandmother Mae Maule and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 10, at Holy Land Cemetery, Bedford. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 9, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel location, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Nina Booth Cauthorn Jarvis

Nina Cauthorn Jarvis, 98, died in her home on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. She was the daughter of Alexander Jordan Cauthorn and Nina Scruggs Cauthorn. After her mother's early death, she became the step-daughter of Mary Scruggs Cauthorn. Nina was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Wheatcroft Jarvis, her son, Harold Wheatcroft Jarvis, Jr. a sister, Ann Marshall Cauthorn, a brother, Alexander Jordan Cauthorn, Jr., and her son-in-law, Frank Harris Vest, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Jarvis Vest, her son, Robert Cauthorn Jarvis, and her daughter-in-law Mary Gale Amos Jarvis; her grandchildren Nina Vest Salmon (Jerry), Frank Harris Vest, III (Legare), Robert Alexander Vest (Katherine), Gregory Harold Jarvis (Anna), and Steven Ross Jarvis; great-grandchildren, Marshall, Patrick, and Harris Salmon; Frank, Alec, and James Vest; Ann Mason, Alexander, and Henry Vest; Joseph, Madelyn, and Eliot Jarvis. Nina, a 1937 graduate of Sweet Briar College, was a lifelong active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Bedford. She recalled, that as a member of the junior choir, she participated in the procession from the original church building, now the Bower Center, into the new building across the street. Alongside her husband Jeep, she spent many hours tending to the grounds as well as serving on the altar guild, the vestry, and fulfilling any other duty the church asked of her. In the community, Nina was a long-time volunteer at Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Christian Ministries. She was the last surviving charter member of the Bedford Book Forum and attended the 75th celebration of the club's founding last spring. An avid supporter of the Bedford library system, she conveyed an enthusiasm for reading to her many students during a 30-year career in Bedford's public schools. She is fondly remembered by her many students for inspirational teaching and for creative projects such as puppet shows and a paper mache dinosaur. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren remember fondly times spent camping, fishing, and gardening with Gran and on many projects involving rocks, crystals, butterflies and other insects, creeks, arrowheads, and various natural artifacts, mostly found near her beloved Peaks of Otter. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Bedford with the Rev. F. Wilson Brown, Jr. officiating. A private interment at the columbarium will precede the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 314 N. Bridge St., Bedford, VA, 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Matthew James Sines

Matthew James Sines, infant son of Desiree Lynn Sines, of Bedford, died Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Virginia Baptist Hospital. In addition to his mother he is survived by his grandmothers; Lisa Sines, Lisa Overstreet, grandfather; Wesley Overstreet, great-grandmother; Annie Overstreet, great-grandfather; Edward Overstreet, and numerous aunts, great-aunts, uncles, great-uncles, and cousins. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 8, at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Main Street Location, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford.

Catherine Marie Codini Touna

Catherine Marie Touna, 53, of Lynchburg, died Tuesday, September 30, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Medhat Lewis "Matt" Touna; her son, Brian Touna both of Lynchburg. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014 at First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate, 4910 Valley View Blvd. NW, # 212 Roanoke, VA 24012. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Roger Dale Laughlin

Roger Dale Laughlin, 70, passed away, Sunday, September 28, 2014 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carolyn (Sue) Laughlin, three brothers; sons, David Laughlin, Michael Newman and three other sons; daughters, Kimberly Gordin and Crystal Hite; six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Christian Fellowship, 120 Dillard Rd. Madison Heights (Caterpillar Clubhouse at the corner of Rt. 130 and Dillard Rd.) Please dress casual and in lieu of flowers please consider memorials to his family. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Richard Lee Wright

Richard Lee Wright, of Rustburg, died Thurdsday, September 25, 2014. A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 28, at Bridge Community Church, 1030 McConville Road, Lynchburg. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services

Frank Gordon Goldenberg, 74, of Lynchburg, died Tuesday. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 8, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1022 Floyd St., Lynchburg.


Milton Thomas "Tommy" Harrison III, 89, of Bedford, died Wednesday. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 3, at Main St. United Methodist Church, Bedford.