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Grace Marie Bloyd

Grace Bloyd, 85, of Forest, Virginia, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on January 30, 2016, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Grace Marie Pyle was born to James Byrd and Jenny Lynn Pyle on February 28, 1930, in Forbus, Tennessee.  She married L.Thomas (Tom) Bloyd on May 2, 1948 in Hoopeston, Illinois. She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, two daughters, Donna Tuley (Don)of Pontiac, Illinois and Ellen Richardson (Tom)of Hillsville, Virginia, five grandchildren: Michael Tuley (Kristin) , Joshua Tuley, Amy Crisp (Jerry), Hillary Culler (Jeff), and Benjamin Beach (Megan), six great-grandchildren: Camden Tuley, Bayley Crisp, Taylor Crisp, Isabella Crisp, Samantha Beach, and Chloe Beach, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother (Frank), and four sisters (Ruth, Edith, Mary, and Alice). Grace was an active member of Blue Ridge Community Church in Forest, Virginia.  Throughout her life, she shared the story of Gods love and mercy, led Bible studies and prayer groups, and mentored women of all ages with wise counsel.   She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, seamstress, cook, hostess, and friend. A celebration of Grace’s life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Blue Ridge Community Church, 2361 New London Road, Forest, VA 24551.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory to Blue Ridge Community Church. Burch - Messier Funeral and Cremation Services, Bedford, Virginia is assisting the family.

Irvin Lee Woolfolk

Woolfolk Irvin 1Irvin Lee Woolfolk, 83, of Bedford, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 24, 2016.  He was born in Bedford on August 29, 1932 a son of the late, Charles Irvin Woolfolk and Mildred Brown Woolfolk.  After 30 years of crane operation, Irvin returned to his home place to continue his family’s heritage of farming.  In leisure he and Betty traveled the country in their RV, making friends and memories all along the way.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Linwood Woolfolk; his aunt, Mary Barnett.  He is survived by his wife, of 32 years, Betty White Woolfolk; two nephews, Roy Lee Woolfolk and Charles Irvin Woolfolk, III and wife, Beth; his step sons, Jeffrey Scott Markham and Gregory Todd Markham; a special granddaughter, Summer Markham; Inseparable brother-in-law, Johnny Barfield and sister-in-law, Joanne Barfield; brother-in-law, Tommy Stanley; Many nieces, nephews and cousins including a special niece, Bonnie Carter.  Memorial contributions may be made to Cool Spring Pentecostal Holiness Church.  A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel with Dr. Rusty Craig and Rev. Larry Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 540-586-7360.

Virginia "Catherine" Dooley Spradlin

Spradlin VirginiaVirginia “Catherine” Dooley Spradlin, 95, of Bedford, died Friday January 22, 2016. Catherine was born in Bedford, June 8, 1920, a daughter of the late Oscar Wright Dooley and Pearl Wilson Trent Dooley. Catherine was a member of Suck Springs Baptist Church. She was a homemaker that always loved and cared for her family. Catherine was also preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Richard Leeland Spradlin; son, Richard Eugene Spradlin; twin brother, Charlie H. Dooley; brother, John P. Dooley and sister, Frances Dooley Carter. Catherine is survived by two daughters, Mary Lee Spradlin Nance, Dianne Spradlin Nichols and husband Mike; two sisters, Mae Bennett, Doris Bowyer and husband Eugene; grandchildren, Wanda Carter and husband, Johnny; Tony Spradlin and wife, Jennie; Ricky Spradlin and wife Brenda; and Sherry Chavis and husband, Mario; five great –grandchildren, and two great- great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Ann Spradlin; and numerous other family and friends. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Virginia Memorial Park with Rev. Jerry Parr and Rev. Michael Cox officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm., Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Main Street Location, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA. Special thanks to Jen and Lynn of Medi Home Hospice for their care and to Rachel and Phyllis her special care givers. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that you please consider the Alzheimer’s Association, 3959 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018 or the Grace House, 514 Blue Ridge Ave, Ste G, Bedford, VA 24523. The family requests that any food contributions be made to the Shepherd’s Table. Burch-Messier Funeral Home (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.

Everett Otey Burnett

burnettEverett O Burnett, 81, passed away on January 21, 2016 at Lynchburg General Hospital and went to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born in Bedford County on Saturday July 7, 1934 a son of the late Ewell and Mary Fogel Burnett. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Warren E Burnett, a daughter, Debbie B Lodge and his brothers, Bill, Joseph and Charles Burnett. He was a loving, caring, hard-working family man known as “Granddaddy” and will be deeply missed by everyone. Everett is survived by his wife Etta D Burnett of 62 years; son, William O Burnett (wife, Cathie), daughter, Donnetta B Toms (husband, Dennis); grandchildren, Lauren B Keeney, Lindsay B Gortman (husband, Justin), Michael  Overstreet (wife, Jennifer), Travis Overstreet, Alison Overstreet, Matthew  Toms; great grandchildren, Anna Grace Overstreet, Colombiana Mae Sorber; brothers, James Burnett, Harvey (wife, Edna) Burnett, Ray, (wife, Hazel) Burnett and a sister, Mollie Burnett Catron. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 27, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, with Rev. Jeane Dunkum and Rev. David Whitehurst officiating . Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Main Street location, 317 W. Main Street. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Sarah Matris White Stanley

Stanley SarahSarah White Stanley, 74, of Bedford went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 18, 2016.  She was born in Bedford County on April 14, 1941 a daughter of the late Asa Russell White and Nora Orange White.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by, a son, Thomas R. “Moochie” Bowyer, Jr.; her brothers, George, Berkley, Elbert, Wallace and Joe White; her sisters, Elizabeth and Lura White.    She retired as a bus aide for Bedford County Public Schools. She touched the hearts of many and will be sadly missed by all, including, her husband, of 22 years, Thomas B. Stanley, Jr.; a son, Rodney W. Bowyer and Sabrina; her sisters, Joanne Barfield and husband, Johnny; Betty Woolfolk and husband, Irvin; grandchildren, Melissa and James Dooley; Seth and Alexander Dooley; Trinity King and Chase Tatum; step-son, Malcolm Parker and wife, Anne; Douglas Parker and wife, Sheryl ; and their children; sisters-in-law, Lelia White, Elsie White, Mary White and Virginia Temples; brother-in-law, Earl and Linda Stanley; best friends, Janie and Wayne Inge and their children and Shirley Bowyer and her furry friend, Angel; many nieces and nephews and friends.  A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Dr. Rusty Craig and Rev. Larry Myers officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Carl Roger Grant

Grant Carl RogerCarl Roger Grant died peacefully at home on January 15, 2016.  Roger was the son of Carl T. and Lois C. Grant.  In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by his first wife and the mother of his children, Betty Harris Slusher. Survivors include Roger’s wife Jane J. Grant, daughter Sharon G. Thompson, two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven R. and Becky H. Grant and Brent T. and Dana M. Grant, and seven grandchildren, Joy, William, Staci, Tucker, Bryce, Casey and Skye.  Also surviving are two brothers, David (Faye) Grant and Harry B. (Ruby Neale) Grant; two men he considered sons, Toby Thompson and Sam Williams; a special family friend, Anthony Fisher; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Roger was born in Bedford County on June 29, 1933, and was a lifelong farmer.  In addition to his farm, Roger loved hunting, fishing and gardening.  He was a member of Thaxton Baptist Church, Bedford Moose Lodge and The Ponderosa Club.  Roger served many terms on the Boards of Directors of Southern States Bedford Cooperative and Bedford County Virginia Farm Bureau. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 3 pm at Thaxton Baptist Church, 1067 Penicks Mill Road, Thaxton, VA 24174.  Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Thaxton Baptist Church; St Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004; or Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770-2100 The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul.  Ps 23:1-3a. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ida Balestrini Fiaschetti

Fiaschetti IdaIda Balestrini Fiaschetti, 88, of Bedford, died Thursday, January 7, 2016. She was born in Plains, Pennsylvania, on September 16, 1927, a daughter of the late Henry Balestrini and Filomena Toni Balestrini. She is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Michael Fiaschetti, a sister, Josphine Young. She enjoyed reading, quilting, and had a love for flowers and birds. Ida was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Surviving are her sons; Frank H. Fiaschetti and wife Maryanne, Anthony P. Fiaschetti and wife Gloria, Donald P. Fiaschetti and wife Tania, sisters; Lucy Tindall, , Mary Schembari, brother; Peter Castellani and wife Dorothy, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in her memory. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

David Page Henderson

David Page Henderson Sr., 81, of Bedford, died Saturday, January, 2, 2016.  He was born on December 3, 1934, in Laurinburg, N.C., a son of the late Ray Henderson and Edith Morrow Henderson. David, former mayor of Pelzer, S.C. was a loving husband and father, and will live forever in our hearts. He is survived by his wife of 59 years; Marjorie Canterbury Henderson, sons, David Henderson and wife Vickie, Robert Henderson and wife Pat, Timothy Henderson and wife Amy, numerous other family and friends. A Celebration of David’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360. 

Andrew William Heck Sr.

Heck AndrewAndrew William Heck Sr, 73, of Goodview died Thursday, December 31, 2015. He was born on May 8, 1942, in Bedford County, a son of the late Otto Thomas and Magdaline Orange Heck. He is preceded in death by a son, Andrew “Jody” William Heck, Jr.; brothers, Marvin Heck, Otey Heck, George Heck; sisters, Violet Heck, Mary Heck,  Josephine Heck, and Lula Dooley. Andrew is survived by daughters, Regina Gamez and husband Gumaro, Pamela Heck, Tammy Bowles; son, Bobby Payne, two brothers, James Heck, Ray Heck and wife Mary; three sisters, Faye Carter and husband Tommy, Pauline St.Clair, Mildred Carter and husband Obie; grandchildren, Alexis,  Christian, Francisco, Jonathan, Aimee; five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, with Pastor Jody Phillips officiating. A burial will follow at Peaks Church Community Cemetery. A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Elizabeth Louise West

West 2Elizabeth Louise West, affectionately known as Betty, of Bedford, formerly of Long Island, N.Y. passed away Sunday December 27, 2015. Born on June 24, 1929, she was the daughter of Earl and Margaret Anketell. Betty was a kind, loving, loyal wife and mother who was always ready to give of herself to help and encourage others. She married Ed and they raised five daughters. Betty dedicated her life to God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1952. She treasured her faith and shared her love of Jehovah and Jesus with her children and her dear husband Frank who she married in 1986. They spent 30 happy years together traveling, having new adventures, and visiting old friends. She was always ready to give a hug and treat you as family even if she just met you. Betty had a fun-loving, youthful spirit and always had a twinkle in her eye. Betty is survived by her husband Frank; brother, Bruce (Loretta) Anketell; daughters, Margo Hand, Michelle Pershinsky, Jacalyn (Russell) Mahler, Amanda Erhart, Jessica (Charles) Lein, and their father Edward Peter, Jr; grandchildren, Scott (Gerry), Vanessa (Burton), Chantal, Jason, Jahna, Lauren, Sunshine (Nick), Eric (Desiree), Richard, Spencer, and Jillian; great-grandchildren, Asa, Indigo, and Daisy Elizabeth; step-children, Deborah (Dennis) Copenhaver, Michael (Glenda) West, Kenneth (Cynthia) West, and their families. Preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Walter Anketell and William Anketell; her sister, Margery Hanson; grandson Ryan Lein; and son-in-law Bob Hand. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and the extended community of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Services will be held at 2:00, Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1534 Link Road, Bedford, VA 24523. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Watchtower at above address. Many thanks to the wonderful people at Bedford County Nursing Home and Adrienne and Shana at English Meadows. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services

Grace Marie Bloyd, 85, of Forest, died Saturday, January 30, 2016. A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, at Blue Ridge Community Church, 2361 New London Road, Forest.


Lawrence Harold Lewis, 57, of Rustburg, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, with a 1 hour visitation prior to the service. 


Joyce Shelton Clark, 87, of Lynchburg, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016. A service will be held at a later date.