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Obituaries

Gerald "Gerry" Fiamingo

Gerald “Gerry” Fiamingo, 91, of Moneta, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at his residence.  He was born in Vineland, NJ on February 4, 1925 a son of the late Antonio Fiamingo and Mary Artese Fiamingo.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.  He was a communicant of Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta.   Gerry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rosalie Muller Fiamingo; four children, Craig (Ethel) Fiamingo, Gary (Kathy) Fiamingo, Forrest (Debbie) Fiamingo and Doug Fiamingo; four grandchildren, Vincent, Nick, Josh and Caitlyn; a sister, Laura Link of Vineland, NJ; many nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 12 noon on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, VA  24121 Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrating.  Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Paul Eugene Smith

Smith PaulPaul Eugene Smith, 85, of Bedford, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at his residence. He was born in St. Lois, Missouri, on November 20, 1930, a son of the late Jesse Henry Smith and Thelma Amelia Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel M. Smith; his siblings, Lloyd Dee Smith, Bobby Lee Smith, Jerry Dale Smith, Jack Leroy Smith; two sons, Dennis Eugene Smith and Kenneth John Smith. Paul was a retired car utilization clerk for Norfolk and Western Railroad, a veteran of the Korean War, and a member of Peaks View Christian Church, Bedford. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Ann Collins and husband, David of Vinton; sister, Rose Marie Hagen of Oakland, California; five grandchildren, Bradley Smith, Meagen Smith of Roanoke, Ryan Smith, Carrie S. Anderson both of Jacksonville, FL, Christi S. Bova of Radford, VA; three great-grandchildren, Eric Taylor Smith, Henry James Alexander Anderson, and Emma Smith. The family is very thankful for the care he received from a very loving and devoted caregiver, Shirley Ann Thornhill of Wirtz. They are very thankful for the support and help from all of the families close friends and their church and the Centra Hospice of Bedford. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 22 at Peaks View Christian Church, Bedford, with the Elder, Ricky St.Clair officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, VA. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

George Anderson "Andy" Padgett

George Anderson “Andy” Padgett, 56, of Forest, passed away June 16, 2016 after a struggle with MDS and bone marrow cancer. Andy was born on June 26, 1959, a son of Charles and Connie Padgett of Goode. He graduated from Brookville High School in 1977 and served four years in the United States Navy aboard the carrier USS America CV66, where he earned many ribbons for his service including one for Suez Passage and Combat Deployment and two Bronze Stars for Sea Service Deployment Classified and Merit Unit. He was employed with Wegmann USA until his illness. In addition to his parents Andy is survived by his wife, Wanda ”Lovebird”; children, Charlie, Elise, Scott, Jessie, and Will; grandchildren, Jace, Cooper, Caden, Chase; brother, Lewis and family; sister, Karen and family; caring aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to Doctors Patel, Brennan, and Cory, and the nurses at Pearson Cancer Center and Oncology nurses at Centra 4th floor, and to the many friends and neighbors for their prayers and gifts. We are honoring Andy’s request for no services. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, is assisting the family, 540-586-7360.

Joseph Bennett Flowers Jr.

Joseph Bennett Flowers, Jr., 79, of Bedford, passed away, Monday, June 13, 2016 at his residence.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Brooks Flowers, his daughters, Gail Flowers Schofield and husband, Edward John;  Elizabeth Bennett Flowers; a grandson, Taylor Mitchell Andress; two sisters, Nancy Ruth Bowman and Mary Lee Merritt; a brother, David Stevens Flowers.  Per Joe’s wishes his service will be private.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Virginia Kendall Robertson

Virginia Kendall Robertson, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at her residence with her family by her side on Monday, June 13, 2016.  She was born in the Forest section of Bedford County, on June 19, 1927, a daughter of the late Alfred Thomas Phillips and Georgie Hunter Phillips.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Wesley Enoch Kendall and her second husband, Jack Robertson; her brothers, Arnold, Carlton and Preston Phillips; her sister, Margaret P. Ballowe.  She was a lifetime member of Main Street United Methodist Church.  She is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Kendall;  Kaye K. Crosby and Annette Kendall; a step-daughter, Gayle R. Hightower (Larry); grandchildren, Stephen Crosby, David Crosby (Crystal), Will Allen (Morgan), John Allen (Loran), Bryan Allen and Leigh H. Moyer (Adam); great-grandchildren, Kayla Crosby, Miya and Hunter Crosby, Avery Allen, Parkyr Funk, Johnny and Wesley Allen.  Per Virginia’s wishes a private family graveside service will be held and anyone wishing to make memorials please consider the National D-Day Memorial, P.O. Box 77 Bedford, VA  24523.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

David Franklin Hensley

Hensley DavidThe dead in Christ shall rise! David Franklin Hensley, 86, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, June 9, from complications of a stroke. He was born on January 18, 1930 in Bedford County at Reed Creek, near Sedalia on Apple Orchard Mountain. David was bred a bona fide, self sustaining Blue Ridge Mountain boy and was the sixth child of the late Elisha Orea Hensley and Maggie Davis Hensley. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by brothers, Andrew Columbus Hensley, Ezekiel Hensley, Marshall Jackson Hensley, Grover Shields Hensley; sisters, Nellie Christine Hensley, Stella Hensley Grimm, Esther Hensley Burnette, and Ruby Hensley Draper. In 1989, David retired from the Rubatex Corporation in Bedford after 39 years of service. He was a member of Longwood Avenue Baptist Church. David is survived by his wife of 64 years, Peggy Meador Hensley; daughter, Candace Sue Hensley; brothers, John William Hensley, Richard Leroy Hensley; sister, Marjorie Frances Hensley; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Hatcher Hensley, Sally Massie Hensley, Helen Sines Meador, Alice Mayhew Meador; brother-in-law, Jimmy Lee Parrish. Dave also leaves behind 37 beloved nieces and nephews, plus dozens of cousins from both of his Hensley/Davis and Meador/Hurt families. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at Longwood Avenue Baptist Church, with Pastor Ross Gilfillen officiating. A burial will follow in the Hensley family cemetery at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Sedalia. Family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Homer Lowell Richards

Richards HomerHomer Lowell Richards, 85, of Montvale, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, June 5, 2016. He was born in Montvale, on April 4, 1931, a son of the late Willie Thomas and Nora Parcell Richards. He is also preceded in death by brothers, Roy Richards, Cecil Richards; sisters, Mary Webber, Myrtle Rose, Eva Giles, Evelyn Richards; sons-in-law, Terry Driver, and David Harrison. Homer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired from the maintenance department at Elizabeth Arden. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Jeffries Richards; sons, Michael T. Richards, Roger L. Richards and wife, Bonnie, Jeffrey L. Richards and wife, Debra; daughters, Rickie S. Driver, Darlene Harrison; 98 yr. old sister, Ethel Giles; fourteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Mountcastle for his special care of Homer. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with his son, Pastor Jeff Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Montvale Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Aimee Jo Stevens

Stevens AimeeAimee Jo Stevens, 63, of Bedford, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  She was born in Bedford on July 13, 1952 a daughter of the late Sam W. Stevens and Hilda Miles Stevens. She was involved with 4-H, Girl Scouts and was a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church.  She is survived by her two brothers, Russell Stevens and wife, Scarlett and Wilson Stevens and wife, Patsy; two nephews, five nieces, thirteen great nieces and nephews and one great great nephew.  The family would like to thank the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center, Campbells Rest Home, Dr. Patel, Dr. Beahm, Centra Hospice and Debbie Reynolds and her special cousin Mary Miles for all of their wonderful care of Aimee.  Memorials may be made to the Centra Bedford Hospice, 1621 Whitfield Dr. Bedford, Va 24523.  A graveside service will held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016 in Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. John Salley officiating.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Cleo Morgan Turpin

Cleo Morgan Turpin, 84, of Bedford, died Monday.  She was born on May 22, 1932 a daughter of the late Sam and Hattie Morgan.  She was also preceded by her two brothers, Wilson Morgan and Sammy Morgan.  Cleo was a member of Sedalia Baptist Church.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Kenneth Turpin; a brother-in-law, Murrell Ray Turpin; three sisters-in-law, Jeanette T. Jones, Evelyn T. Ortiz and Edna Morgan; several nieces and nephews.  Memorials may be made to the Bedford Life Saving Crew.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.  A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Mike Jones officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Jennie Mae Freeman

Jennie Powell Williams Freeman, 91, peacefully passed away on May 30, 2016. She was born on January 28, 1925, in Lynchburg, VA, a daughter of the late John Leslie Powell and Sarah Elizabeth Staton Powell. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Van Williams and Scott Freeman; sister, Doris Wooldridge; two brothers, Howard and Wilson Powell; and grandson, Charles Wooldridge. She was full of love, joy, and laughter and shared it at every opportunity with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Williams Johnson and husband Chris, of Las Vegas, NV; two sons, Robert L. Williams and wife Louise, of Altavista, VA, Richard L. Williams and wife, Robin of Rustburg,VA.; sister, Virginia Powell Mitchell; grandchildren, Robbie Williams, Richard N. Williams, Michael Williams, Cindy Williams, Sherry Grishaw, Jason Williams; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services

Gerald Fiamingo, 91, of Moneta, died Saturday, June 25, 2016. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, July 2, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Montea Rd., Moneta, with a burial to follow in the church cemetery. A visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.