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Obituaries

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.

Scheduled Services


John Francis Finnegan, Jr., died Sunday, May 12, 2019. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA. A visitation will be held one hour prior beginning at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA.


Charles Benjamin Russell, 95, of Bedford, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A memorial service will be held 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Bower Center, 305 N Bridge St, Bedford, VA 24523.


Gary Gile, 69, of Bedford, died Monday, May 20, 2019. Arrangements pending.