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Obituaries

Juanita Marcella Barton Fizer

Fizer Juanita 4Juanita Marcella Barton Fizer, 93, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 17, 2018. She was born in Bedford County on September 21, 1925, a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Barton and Dolie Saunders Barton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Garrett Fizer; son, Tommy Barton; great-grandson, Alexander Barton; and son-in-law, John Carter, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Carter, Charlene Douglas and husband Scott; sons, Carl Barton, Kevin Fizer; sister, Geraldine Carter; daughter-in-law, Valerie Barton; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Joanne Tucker. The family would like to thank Bedford County Nursing Home for their special care of Juanita. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Hillcrest Cemetery with Rev. Larry Ross officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messer Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Samuel Wayne Dooley

Dooley Samuel Wayne 2Samuel Wayne Dooley, 72, of Penhook, VA died Friday, November 9, 2018. He was born in Bedford on April 6, 1946, a son of the late Harry Burk Dooley and Dorothy Graham Dooley. Wayne loved Smith Mountain Lake, boating, golf carts, and going to the American Legion Post #16. He was retired in maintenance at Langley Apartments. Wayne served his country in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his three sons, Heath Dooley and wife Keely, Jay Dooley and wife Joyce, Chris Dooley and wife Margie; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; brother, Harry W. “Bill” Dooley and wife Teri; cousin, Lily Smith; special friend, Delores Moody; and his friend, Angelina Clemmon. A celebration of his life will be held 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at American Legion Post #16, 1301 Greenview Dr., Lynchburg, VA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Legion Post #16. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Freddie Mark Markham

Markham Freddie 1Freddie Mark Markham, 65, of Big Island, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018. He was born in Bedford on September 19, 1953, a son of the late Harold Markham and Elizabeth Goff Markham. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Norris Markham; and a sister, Janet Phelps. Freddie loved being in Big Island and loved the outdoors and he lived life his way. He is survived by his brothers, William “Lee" Markham and wife Leslie, Robert Markham, Chanan Markham and wife Rachel, Anthony Markham and wife Victoria; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family. A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Hunting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Jones officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Edward William Peter, Jr.

Peter Edward 2Edward William Peter, Jr., of Bedford, Virginia, born November 11, 1929 passed away October 21, 2018 just 3 weeks shy of being 89 years old. While in elementary school one of his teachers gave him the nickname Pete, later in life he was known as Ed. Pete was born in Jamaica Queens, the son of Edward William Peter, Sr and Florence Johanntges Peter. Pete graduated from Hempstead High School (1947), shortly thereafter he married the love of his life, Betty Lou Anketell and they had five daughters. He affectionately called them “Pete’s Harem”. Pete and Betty first lived in Carle Place on Long Island. Then they bought a house in a neighborhood in Hicksville that had sidewalks so Mikki would have a safe place to learn to walk. He spent endless hours helping her figure out how to do all she could do. Pete was loving and self-sacrificing towards all. Pete was a hard working entrepreneur who started his own business named Gary Insulation. He was a resourceful handyman who could find an inventive way to fix the most unusual problems. Pete’s dry, silly sense of humor was known by all. We think he was the originator of “dad jokes.” Some of our favorite quips are: I hope this rain keeps up (so it doesn’t come down); when sending a letter, he would write us a few lines (=); he would say his musical achievements were playing the radio and the sacks (lunch bags!). Pete’s pleasures were simple and down to earth. Throughout his years he enjoyed: bowling, hunting, camping, swimming – in the backyard pool, in the ocean, and in the Hudson River – snowmobiling, playing pool, canasta, and Rummikub. After traveling the world, Ed made his home in Virginia to be near his daughters and their families. In his later years, as he always planned, he moved into the Elks Retirement Home. Ed was a very friendly and social man. He enjoyed living at the Elks Home playing bingo, his daily games of Rummikub, making jokes, and being a friend to all, especially his sweetheart Frankie. Ed is survived by his daughters, Margo Hand, Michelle Pershinsky, Jacalyn (Russell) Mahler, Amanda Erhart, Jessica (Charles) Lein; grandchildren Scott (Gerry), Vanessa (Burton), Chantal, Jason (Moe), Jahna, Lauren, Sunshine (Nick), Eric (Desiree), Spencer, and Jillian (Abi); great-grandchildren Asa, Indigo, and Daisy; nieces and nephews in California; and dear friend Frankie Latimer. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Peter; son in law Bob Hand; grandsons, Ryan Lein and Richard Erhart. Ed was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. We look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promise to resurrect our loved ones to life on a paradise earth. (John 5:28, 29) Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA 24523.

Thomas Lee Creasy

CreasyThomasIn the early morning hours of Saturday, October 20, 2018 Heaven gained a beautiful soul. Thomas (Tom, Tommy) Lee Creasy passed from his earthly life and became one of God’s Angels. For those he leaves behind, their hearts are forever broken and they will mourn his loss deeply and immensely, as he was and always will be cherished and loved forevermore. For over 35 years, he was the loving, devoted husband of Cynthia Riggleman Creasy, who survives him. To each they would often express “You are the Love of My Life”. Survivors also include his children, whom he loved with all of his heart ~ Thomas Scott Creasy (Cereace), Brandi C. Stinnett (Shawn), Stepdaughter Andria (Nikki) Cyrus Fellers (Shawn). His Grandchildren, whom he adored, cherished, was so very proud of, and loved “To the Moon and Back”. To each and every one he was “PawPaw”. Playmate, pal, protector, but most of all, the BEST grandfather any grandchild could ever ask for. “PawPaw” did his best to attend any and all functions of his grandchildren. Each one was special and precious to him. The memories and love their PawPaw gave them will forever live within their hearts. “PawPaw’s Babies” are: Kali S. Floyd, Ashlynn, Austin and Ava Stinnett. Brady and Chandler Creasy. Tristan and Wynter Fellers. A special niece, to whom he was like a father ~ Lauren Elizabeth Murphy Wong. Other survivors include his Mother-in-Law Mae R. Surber. Sisters-In-Law Deborah R. Murphy and Tamara R. Butler. One Brother-In-Law. Mason K. Riggleman, Jr (Lynn). Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews of which he had a special bond, and all of whom loved their ‘Uncle Tom’. A beloved Aunt, Katie Robertson. Special cousins Carolyn deBernard and Glenn Revis. His best friend Mike Dorsey. Numerous cousins and other relatives. Tom participated in the “Watch Dog” program at Leesville Road Elementary School, where he enjoyed working with the teachers and students. The students loved their ‘Mr. Creasy’ and were always excited to see him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Holcomb and Ruby I. Creasy, his brother, Gerald (Jerry) N. Creasy, Fathers-in-Law Mason K. Riggleman, Sr. and Edward Lewis Surber. Brother and Sister-in-Law Roy Kent and Rhonda Sturm Riggleman. A special thank you to Carolyn, Glenn, and Mike for sitting by his bedside in his time of need. Thank you to each individual who provided care for our loved one through the years ~ Dr. Michael Valentine, Dr. Harb Rank, Dr. Kwabena Awuah, Dr. Christopher Stands, Pearson’s Cancer Center, Dr. Kenneth Saum, Dr. Clinton Beverly, and the many nurses, CNAs, and various medical staff of Lynchburg General Hospital. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18th, at the Forest Recreation Center, 1088 Rustic Village Road, Forest, VA. Friends and relatives are invited to share their memories with his family during this time. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, given Tom’s deep love and affection for children, it would be a great honor to his memory if you would please consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN at https://www.stjude.org. Arrangements provided by Burch-Messier Funeral Home of Bedford, Virginia.

Alva Ransom Hartbarger

Hartbarger AlvaAlva Ransom “AR” Hartbarger, 94, of Buena Vista, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, October 20, 2018. He was born in Kerrs Creek on March 16, 1924, a son of the late John Henry Hartbarger Sr. and Clara Morris Hartbarger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Claude and John Jr. Hartbarger; and sisters, Frances Irvine and Jean Lilley. AR was retired from Lee’s Carpet/Burlington with 43 years of service. Alva was a World War II veteran; 3rd Army with the combat engineers. He served in England, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg and he participated in the Invasion of Normandy on Omaha Beach, Liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his three sons, Larry Hartbarger (Beverly) of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Lynn Hartbarger (Brenda) of Forest, and Dale Hartbarger (Cindy) of Buena Vista; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Victory Baptist Church, 3700 Lombardy Ave., Buena Vista, VA with Rev. Dean Staton officiating. A burial will follow in Rockbridge Memorial Gardens with military honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels in Buena Vista. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Billie Joe Harkey

Harkey BillBillie Joe Harkey, 86 of Evington, died Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Cardinal Senior Communities of Bedford. He was born in Stanly County, NC on July 12, 1932 a son of the late, Daniel Monroe Harkey and Dora Belle Burris Harkey.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Stevens Harkey. Billie Joe was a Korean War Veteran serving in the Army, receiving the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Medal, United Nations Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.  He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Evington; co-owner of Harkey Interiors of Bedford. Billie Joe had eight siblings, his brothers, Fred Monroe Harkey, Grady Lee Harkey, Junior J. Harkey, Clinton Ray Harkey, Theodore Harkey; and his sisters, Beulah H. Sides, Yvonne H. Tucker, and Shirley H. Paige. Billie is survived by his step sons, Larry Bradley (Cindy) of St. Augustine, FL and Steve Bradley of Sarasota, FL; a special niece, Genevieve SW Humphreys (Bob); a special nephew, Harold Keesee (Kay); brothers and sisters-in-law, Frances and Jack Burton, Jesse and Nancy Orange, Morris Stevens, Larry Shelton, Mary Stevens; four grandchildren, Brian, Eric, Amy and Stephanie; eight great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Zachary, Wyatt, Claire, Tyler, Joel, Nicholas, Aden; and many other loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Cardinal Senior Care of Bedford and their employees and to the Salem VA Medical Center, especially Dr. Timothy L. Krohe. Corporal Billie Joe Harkey-Thank you for your service to our nation. Thank you for the sacrifices you made and your willingness to serve our country. You endured hardships and you were willing to risk your life to maintain our freedom. “We pay special tribute to you for your military service to America and for advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all”~ Chaplain John Thompson MSA. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, October 28, 2018, at The First Baptist Church of Evington, 677 Church Lane, Evington, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Corinne Fannie Perry Matthies

Matthies Corinne20181018 14122236Corinne Fannie Perry Matthies, 70, of Moneta, died Tuesday, October 16, 2018. She was born in Potsdam, NY on December 16, 1947, a daughter of the late Dexter Russell Perry and Veola Drew Perry. Corinne was a retired Administrative Assistant for the Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin. She was an avid shopper and she enjoyed painting, drawing, and making jewelry. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Moneta Lions Club, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority (ESA). She held the titles of Chapter President and Council President, and was the 2005 Woman of the Year in California for her Chairmanship of St. Jude’s Dream Home Project in Turlock, CA. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Charles Barton Matthies; a daughter, Kimberly Matthies-Wilmarth; and a brother, Russell Drew Perry. A burial will be held at Hale Cemetery, Norfolk, NY. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Betty Lee Howard Johnson

Johnson BettyBetty Lee Howard Johnson, 82, of Bedford, died Monday, October 15, 2018. She was born in Bedford, VA on December 12, 1935, a daughter of the late Raymond Walker Howard and Kathleen Gibbs Howard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Johnson; a brother, James Henry Howard; and sister-in-law, Vina St. Clair. Betty was a long time registered nurse with Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital and a member of Bedford Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Jeffrey A. Johnson; daughters, Lynda J. Davenport and husband Jimmy, Robin J. Bivona and husband Troy; grandchildren, Michael E. Gleason, Carrie Kathleen Gleason, Jayme Lee Davenport; sister-in-law, Madeline Howard, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Chaplain Darren Miller officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to American Heart Association or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

June Carolyn Jeffrey Martin

Martin June CarolynJune Carolyn Jeffrey Martin, 78, of Bedford, formally of West Virginia, died Sunday, October 14, 2018. She was born in West Virginia August 27, 1940 a daughter of the late Wayne Jeffery and Money Cook Jeffery. Carolyn was also preceded in death by her sister Judy Mathis. Carolyn is survived by her daughter Michele Morgan (Chuck); two grandchildren Matt Morgan (Alley), Lauren Morgan; sister, Hope Birley (Gary); brother Paul Jeffery (Barbara); sister Ann Parker (Bill); and numerous other family. The family would like to thank the staff at Centra Hospice for their loving care of their Mother and Grandmother. Burch Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.

Scheduled Services


Juanita Marcella Barton Fizer, 93, of Bedford, died November 17, 2018. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, at Hillcrest Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel.


Samuel Wayne Dooley, 72, of Penhook, died Friday, November 9, 2018. A celebration of his life will be held 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at American Legion Post #16, 1301 Greenview Dr., Lynchburg, VA.