Randolph Peyton Watson, 88, of Bedford died Sunday, November 22, 2015. He was born in Bedford County on August 5, 1927 a son of the late William Randolph Watson and Grace Ann Peters Watson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas William Watson and his sister, Dorothy W. Hamilton. Peyton was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, a retired Rural Mail Carrier with the U.S. Postal Service and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, of 62 years, Gladys Virginia Robertson Watson; his son, Thomas R. Watson and wife, Cathy; two grandchildren, Angela Diane Sheriff and husband, Brandon; Elizabeth Ann Watson; a niece, Marilyn Hamilton Dillingham. Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 505 Bedford or Hunters for the Hungry, 1108 Sedalia School Rd. Big Island, VA 24526. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Ecklund officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.
Gene Morris Spence, 69, of Bedford, died Thursday, November 19, 2015. He was born in Bedford on January 14, 1946 to the late Harold Spence and Minnie Branham. He was preceded in death by a brother; James Spence and a sister Shirley Meadow. Gene is survived by five siblings; Annie Overstreet (Ed), Joyce Pritchard, Stella Porter, Mike Spence (Gwen) and Brenda Spence (Nancy); and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 pm on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at our Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Julinia Witt Wilson, 69, of Bedford, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015. She was born in Bedford, VA on February 4, 1946 a Daughter of the late Ben Davis Witt and Emma Evelyn Miller. Julinia was survived by her husband of 53 years, Ronald Shadrack Wilson, Sr.; her children, Christine Wilson and Ronald Wilson, Jr.; two grandchildren, Joseph Bryant and Kamie Bentley; three great grandchildren, Savannah Bentley, River Bentley and Autumn Bentley, a sister, Barbara Kay Dooley; numerous nieces and nephews and special friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation Moneta Fire Department, 12737 N Old Moneta Road Moneta, VA 24121, Moneta Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 497, Moneta, VA 24121 or St. Jude Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The family will receive friends from 3 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at our Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Larry Randall "Randy" Dooley, 64, of Bedford, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015. He was born in Bedford County on November 13, 1951, a son of the late Myrtle Parker Dooley and Jake Junior Dooley. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, David Lynn Dooley. Randy is survived by sisters, Carolyn D. Kennedy and husband Vernie, Sharon D. Orange and husband Steve; brother, Dennis W. Dooley and wife Cindy; half-sister, Catherine Dooley; nephew, Austin W. Orange; several aunts, uncles, and other nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 23, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel,1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with a burial to follow in the Parker family cemetery. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
James Steven Greene Jr., 43, of Concord, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015. He was born in Lynchburg, on March 14, 1972, a son of James S. "Steve" Greene Sr. and his girlfriend Pat and the late Minnie Lou Greene. James was a fun, loving, and caring father and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, drag racing, and shooting pool at the local Moose Lodge's. He was an employee of Davis H. Elliott. In addition to his father he is survived by a son, Trevor S. Greene; daughter, Jacklyn P. Greene and fiancé Philip Dutter; former spouse, Crystal Greene; and close friend John Foster. The family asks those wishing to make donations to please consider the American Cancer Society, in memory of Minnie Lou Greene. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church in Concord. Boots and jeans are welcomed. Family will welcome friends at any time at the residence, 8465 Village Hwy. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Joseph Martin Carr- Joe Carr treasured a day of golf, a cold Bud, and eyeing pretty girls. And in his eyes, we are all beautiful. Flirty and fun-loving, gentle and gentlemanly, Joe got a tee time in heaven on Nov. 17. His license plate read "5HOLSN1," which he had to update from "4HOLSN1" when he was in his mid-80s. Joe was born and raised in the Triple Cities of New York on Jan. 17, 1926, the youngest of three boys. A member of "The Greatest Generation," the family struggled, moving from one boarding house to another during The Depression. But Joe filled his youth with playing baseball and listening to the Big Bands. After graduating from high school, Joe joined the Merchant Marine and was assigned to look out for German submarines off the coast of Maine, a job at which he excelled because Maine was never attacked during World War II. He played a lot of baseball, and was pretty good. While playing for a New York Yankees' farm team, Joe had a chance to try out for the major leagues. But famed Coach Lefty Gomez had this advice for the 140-pound catcher: "Joe, you're a smart guy and you've got a strong arm, but you're just too small. Some 300-pound third-baseman is going to cream you." So Joe traded in his catcher's mitt for golf clubs, and worked on perfecting his game for the next 60 years. While working at GE in the 1950s, he met the love of his life, Marie Hoover. She was already engaged to another fellow, but Joe's charm, talent for jitterbugging and a snow storm on New Year's Eve 1954 worked in his favor. The couple married on July 7, 1956. First, they added to their family with a beautiful collie, which Joe named Zsa Zsa. Later they added a happy daughter, who Marie named Heidi. In 1958, Joe went to work as a contracts negotiator for IBM, the ideal assignment for his outgoing personality. In the '50s and '60s, he worked on the B-52 bomber; in the '60s and '70s, he worked with NASA's Mercury and Apollo programs. And in the '70s and '80s, he worked with the Navy's submarine program. He also ran the IBM golf league, never raising suspicion as he and his partners consistently won the Watson Trophy year after year. Joe retired from IBM in 1989, and life really began. Joe and Marie built their dream home at Smith Mountain Lake, and spent their weekdays playing golf and weekends pulling Heidi on an inner tube off the back of their boat. For the next 20-plus years, Joe could also be found at Roanoke-area golf courses, "working" as a starter. He'd be the guy at Countryside, then later Hanging Rock and most recently Westlake Country Club, schmoozing with the players as they started out, or driving the golf cart around the course to make sure play was running smoothly. Life was heaven on earth for Joe. He loved watching football, especially Notre Dame and the Redskins, reading the newspaper "till the ink rubbed off," taking mulligans on the golf course when he thought no one was counting, and ending his day with a cold Budweiser. But most of all he loved his Marie, and was heartbroken when she passed away in 2009. But life went on. He still golfed — even playing Pebble Beach when he was 83 — and he had a new collie, a beautiful, sweet girl named Callie. He also had many people who loved him, and he enjoyed telling all the girls how pretty they are. On Nov. 17, Joe was dressed in one of his spiffy Pebble Beach golf shirts, but he was looking sad. One of the caregivers at the Miami Jewish Health Systems memory care unit asked if he felt OK, and Joe replied, "I miss my wife." Soon after, he had a heart attack. He waited at the hospital for his daughter to arrive, and they held hands and sang old Big Band songs. Then he closed his blue eyes and smiled, and joined his precious Marie. Visitation will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Joe is survived by Callie, who inherited her father's gentleness, and Heidi, a University of Miami professor, who inherited her dad's looks and humor. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Frances Isabelle Shepherd Wilson, 76, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 14, 2015. She was born in Bedford on February 13, 1939 a daughter of the late Admiral Wiley Shepherd and Eunice Hensley Shepherd. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Stokes Campbell, her son, David Preston Campbell. She is survived by her son, Glenn Campbell and his fiancée, Robin Sundquist; her daughter, Vickie Ruff and her husband, Mike; six grandchildren, Jason (Sara) Campbell, Taylor (Matt) Pollard, Amber (Matt) Jenkins, Tiffany (Thomas) Meetze, David Ruff and Justin Ruff; 5 great-grandchildren, C.J. Jenkins, Peyton Jenkins, Wyatt Campbell, Easton Campbell and Nathanal Pollard; her brothers, Penny and Robert Shepherd. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Sedalia Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Jones officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
George Louis (GL) Tomlin, Jr., 51, born May 9, 1964 in Lynchburg, VA passed away on November 14, 2015 at his residence. He is survived by his mother, Eunice Helen Graybill of Lynchburg; father, George Louis Tomlin, Sr. and wife Joann of Evington, three sisters; Sabrina Wood and husband Roger of Madison Heights, Veronica Tomlin of Lynchburg and Teresa Bolka and husband Joe of Middleton, Tenn., one brother Joshua Sizemore of Jacksonville, FL, step-brothers, Mike Taylor, Concord, VA, Scott Taylor, and numerous aunts and uncles. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home and Cremation, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford 540-586-7360.
Doris Lee Smith Scott, 86, of Bedford died, Monday. She was born in Bedford on December 2, 1928 a daughter of the late, Jerry Lee Smith and Hettie Miller Smith. She was a lifelong employee of Sam Moore for over 40 years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Milton "Hubert" Scott, her sons, Hubert Lee Scott and Johnny Scott, Numerous brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann Campbell and husband, John; her niece, (Daughter) Karen McGuire and husband, E.L.; her grandchildren, Lora Lee Campbell, Justin, Brian and Gwen; many nieces and nephews. Doris was loved and will be missed by many. Those wishing to make memorial contributions please consider Bedford Centra Hospice, 1621 Whitfield Dr. Bedford. A celebration of her life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Main Street Location.
Mary Jane Saunders Salyer, 92, of Bedford died Sunday, November 8, 2015. She was born in Bedford County on April 22, 1923 to the late Joseph James Saunders Sr. and Janie Gray Saunders. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband; William Howard "Bill" Salyer, four brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her children; David Lee Salyer and wife Marietta, Joseph M. Salyer and wife Barbara, Nancy Kaye "Katy" Salyer, grandchildren; Anita Overstreet and husband Ed, Travis Radford, April Salyer, Jimmy Lee Armel, Kim Salyer, Rebecca Salyer, Summer Salyer, eight great-grandchildren, sister; Betty Frances Christian, sister-in-law; Nancy Saunders, numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Jane was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, a lifelong member and faithful contributor of Thaxton Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible school teacher, member of the choir, director, and a GA leader. She was also a civic leader in the community, a long time member of the Ruritan club, volunteer for the V.F.W. and the American Red Cross. She was a lover of life and was famous for her homemade chocolate pies. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Thaxton Baptist Church Building fund, P.O. Box 32 Bedford, VA 24523. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, at Thaxton Baptist Church, with Rev. Mark Giganti, Rev. Eldridge Cullum, and Rev. Randy Krantz officiating with a burial to follow in Thaxton Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Thaxton Baptist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Henry Parker, 59, of Roanoke and formerly of Bedford, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015. A visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 30, at Burch-Messier Walnut Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.
James David Parker, 71, of Thaxton, died Monday, November 23, 2015. A graveside service will be held 12:00 p.m., Friday, at Parker family cemetery.
James Steven Greene Jr., 43, of Concord, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Family will recieve friends 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church, 110660 Richmond Highway, Lynchburg.
Joseph Martin Carr, 89, of Moneta, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015. A Mass of Resurrection will be held, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 28, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road.
Gene Morris Spence, 69, of Bedford, died Thursday, November, 19, 2015. A visitation will be held 6 - 8 p.m., Saturday, November 28, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street.
Henry Daniel Blankenship, 68, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 21, 2015. No services will be held.