Violet Louise Robinette Blankenship, 68, of Bedford, received her ultimate healing Saturday afternoon, October 22, 2016. She now resides with her Lord and Savior as well as the many loves one’s who have been waiting for her on the other side. She was born on March 1, 1948, in Iaeger, WV, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Mary Robinette. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by several siblings. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Estel F. Blankeship; one son, Tim Blankenship (Althea); two grandsons, Matt Blankenship (Elizabeth), Jesse Blankenship; sister-in-law, Jean Cline (Roy); brother-in-law, Enos Blankenship (Linda), and five great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 26, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, with Rev. Homer Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in Church of the Great Shepherd Cemetery. Family will receive friends 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Marjorie Etta Canterbury Henderson, 80, of Bedford, VA went home to be with the Lord on October 21, 2016. She was born August 23, 1936, in Shelby, N.C., a daughter of the late Newton Canterbury and Mabel Kershaw Canterbury of Lumberton, N.C. Marjorie was a loving wife and mother and inspired many with her faith and artistic gifts and talents. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband and soul mate of 59 years, David Page Henderson Sr. of Pelzer, S.C. Marjorie is survived by three sons, David P. (Vickie) Henderson, Robert N. (Pat) Henderson, Timothy R. (Amy) Henderson; grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica, Lee, Kristy, Mandy, Andrew; great-grandchildren, Parker, Chloe, Austin, Aubrey, Asher, Lily, Lucas; sister, Joyce Canterbury Legg; and brother, Ken Canterbury. A Celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Gary Curtis Overstreet, 62, of Blue Ridge, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Bedford County, on January 19, 1954, a son of the late Robert Burks Overstreet and Carrie Gaynelle Parker Overstreet. Gary was a lover of sports, especially baseball. He loved coaching his boys in all the sports in which they were involved. He was an active church member and served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher as well as on numerous committees. Gary worked at Sam Moore Furniture for over 30 years, after which he started a very successful photography business. Gary is survived by his wife Charlene Overstreet; two sons Aaron Curtis Overstreet, and Noah Michael Overstreet; one sister, Shirley Morgan and husband P.W.; one nephew, Eric Morgan; one niece, Kim Nowocin and husband Josh; two great-nephews, Aiden Nowocin, Tristen Nowocin; numerous other family and friends and his dog, Gander. Gary lived his life according to Phillippians-2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind, regard one another as more important than yourself. A funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 23, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, with the Pastors Ed Bailey and Geoff Hubbard officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Johnny Harkey Barfield, 83, of Goode, died Monday, October 17, 2016. He was born on October 6, 1933, in Meridian, Mississippi, a son of the late Major Wilson Barfield and Mollie Harkey Barfield. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by three daughters, Wendy K. Stubbs, Angela Jean Jones, and Suzanne Barfield. Johnny was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Forest, MS, worked for many years at Irby Construction and he retired from Simmons Erosion. He loved his dog, Sam. “Pops” was a man loved by so many. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joanne White Barfield; sons, Robert Barfield and wife, Sue, John Barfield and wife Dorene; daughters, Theresa Bryant and husband Bruce, Dundee Perez and husband Alfredo; step-sons, L.W. Craig and wife Barbara, Rusty Craig and wife Cheryl; sister, Patricia Davis and husband Butch; aunt, Clara Horn; sixteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and many lifelong friends. In lieu of flowers please consider Bedford Life Saving Crew, 311 Bedford Avenue, Bedford, VA 24523. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, with Dr. Rusty Craig officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2016 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Samuel Scott Langford, “For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him”. (Romans 6: 7-9 KJV). Samuel Scott Langford passed in his sleep Sunday evening October 16, 2016. Scott was the son of Alfred Osburn Langford Jr. and Eulalia Elder Whitcomb, stepson of Edward L. Whitcomb (all deceased). Scott is survived by his siblings, Donald Douglas Langford (Felicia); Christine Langford Griffin; Thomas Terrell Langford (Donna); Leonard Leroy Whitcomb (Mary); step brother, Edward Tucker; step sister, Debra Hall. He is also survived by two children, Jeremy and Megan, and nieces, nephews, an aunt, an uncle, and cousins, all in various places around the country. Scott also leaves behind many very special friends including one who was with him to the end, Warren Davis. We will miss you our brother and thankful you no longer face the ravages of cancer and reside with Jesus. A Celebration of his Life will be held 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at The Well, 2450 Thomas Jefferson Rd. Forest, VA 24551, with Dr. Tom Bryant officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to “The Well” in Scott’s memory. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Ida Parker Orange, 86, of Bedford, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 8, 2016. She was born in Bedford County, on July 14, 1930, a daughter of the late William Aubrey Parker and Lala Carter Parker. Ida Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh Thomas “Tug” Orange; son, Jerry William “Trick” Orange; three brothers; and three sisters. She was a homemaker and part owner of Parker & Orange Store. Ida was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She leaves behind a son, Roger T. Orange and wife, Connie of Mr. Airy, NC; daughters, Karen Denise Lang, Regina O. Cheek and husband, Troy, both of Bedford; daughter-in-law, Brenda Kaye Orange of Bedford; brother, Dan Parker of Bedford; sister, Marie Lewis of Panama City, FL; special nephew, Darrell Parker of Bedford; special niece, Terry Orange of Bridgeton, NJ; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous family member that were also dear to her heart. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3. Rest in peace sweet Mama, and be welcomed with opened arms from your loved ones in Heaven, Amen. In lieu of flowers/food please make donations to any Hospice facility of your choice. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 9, at the Orange Family Cemetery on Taylor’s Mountain, Thaxton, VA, with the Rev. Geoff Hubbard officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Mildred Virginia Dinkel Overstreet, 78, of Thaxton, died Saturday, October 8, 2016. She was born on January 21, 1938, a daughter of the late Ben T. Dinkel and Vina Welch Dinkel. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Lewis Dinkel; sister, Doris McManama; a granddaughter, Leanna Overstreet. Mildred is survived by her husband, James Wallace Overstreet; three sons, James Allen Overstreet (Linda), Barry Lynn Overstreet (Kathy), Michael Todd Overstreet (Delores); two daughters, Pamela Jean Brown (boyfriend Pete Uzelac), Wendy Gail Bramlett (Ronnie); six grandchildren, Ricky Smelser, Todd Overstreet, Jennifer Price, Sherry Davis, Christopher Price, Beth Ann Overstreet; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters, Reva Wheat (Owen), Linda McGee (Larry), brothers, Jimmy Dinkel (Sue), Russell Dinkel; special sister-in-law, Hazel Dinkel; and a special cat, Sox. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, at Cool Spring Pentecostal Holiness Church, with the Pastor Eric Pennington officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Melvin Fielder, 91 years old, passed through the pearly gates on October 8, 2016, at Bedford Memorial Hospital. He fought a long hard battle of Alzheimer’s and died of complications from pneumonia. He is preceded in death by his only son, Stuart L. Fielder; father and mother, Russell and Euba Thurman Fielder; brother, James Fielder; two sisters, Ruby F. Gibbs and Marjorie F. Atkins. Melvin loved fishing and hunting in his younger years. He loved helping family members and spending time with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Melvin served his country in the U.S. Army. He leaves behind the love of his life, Australia Orange Fielder; two daughters, Janice F. Abbott, Pam F. Cyrus and fiancée, Sterling Ewers; seven grandchildren, Brian S. Inge and Eric, Greg Cyrus and wife, Wendy, Kenny Cyrus and wife, Amy, Neil Abbott and wife, Deborah , Erica Whorley and husband, Jonathan, Kelly Fielder, Crystal Fielder and Rob; great-grandchildren, Brooke Cyrus and Scott Cyrus, Ken Cyrus, Abagail and Jacob Henson, Brent Abbott, Cameron Bigart, Mikailyn and Brandon Rommell, Annabelle, Josephine, Madeleine Whorley; brother, Thomas Fielder, and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, with Rev. David McCord officiating. Burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.
Kellby “Dane” Clary, 31, of Bedford, died Friday, October 7, 2016. He was born in South Hill, VA, on March 16, 1985, a son of Edward Lee Clary and Kim Goodson Clary. He was an RN and a paramedic. Along with his parents he is survived by his wife, Shelley Tillman Clary; daughter, Kinley Grace; brother, Michael Kelly Clary and wife Jennifer; nephew, Colton Jase Clary; mother and father-in-law, Ray and Donna Tillman; maternal grandmother, Betty F. Goodson; paternal grandmother, Bertha C. Clary; brother-in-law, W. Michael Tillman and wife Lisa; sister-in-law, Shannon R. Green and husband, Roy; special friends, Bud and Connie Dinwiddie; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street. A visitation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to his daughter, Kinley Clary, c/o Shelley Clary, 1122 Panorama Lane, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Norvell Lenwood Kirby, known as Len to his family and friends passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016. He was at his home in Huddleston, VA. At his request, a celebration of his life will be held at the Flat Top Room at the Peaks of Otter on Monday, October 10, 2016, from 4 to 6 pm. Please bring a memory to share with the family. Len was born on March 28, 1962 in Portsmouth, VA to Coy and Omer Kirby. Len could accomplish anything he set his mind to. At an early age he found his love in carpentry and in building. He built countless buildings and barns all throughout the area. He was most happy when fishing, hunting, and rooting for Jeff Gordon. He whistled while he worked and was a “Happy Pappy” who loved to spend time with is four grandchildren. Len is survived by his three daughters, Jesse Kirby, Danielle Kirby, and Carey Wenger; his son-in-law, Randy Wenger and his grandchildren, Bella Kirby, Ava Wenger, Kahner Phonasa, and Evan Wenger. He is survived by his mother, Omer Preston; his sister, Gloria Tuck and husband, Danny; his brother, Davis Kirby and wife, Ruth; his sister, Connie McDaniel and husband, Donnie; and by many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Virginia Kirby, who has been by his side throughout it all. She has been a source of strength, comfort, and support. He was preceded in death by his father, Coy Kirby, Sr. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Len’s Memorial fund at gofund.com/2stpe8ac. Arrangements are being made by Mike Overstreet of Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.
Violet Louise Blankenship, 68, of Bedford, died Saturday, October 22, 2016. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 26, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel with burial to follow in Church of the Great Shepherd Cemetery. A visitation will be held 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.
Roy Lee Carter, 85, of Bedford, died Thursday, October 20, 2016. Per his request no services will be held.
Marjorie E. Henderson, 80, of Bedford, died Friday, October 21, 2016. A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.