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Obituaries

Ronald Duane Hackman

Hackman RonaldRonald D. Hackman, 61, of Bedford, passed away on January 4, 2019. Ron, a son of Robert and Mildred Hackman, was born on February 22, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland. He went to school at Perry Hall Senior High School. He married Cindy Steen Hackman on July 25, 2010 in Bedford County. He worked in maintenance support for The National D-Day Memorial for twelve years. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Cindy Hackman; parents, Robert and Mildred Hackman; children, Jessica Waddell, Joshua Coates; grandchildren, Brayden, Carson, and Allison Waddell, Patrick and Kelly Coates; siblings, Steve Hackman (Petra), Carol Ellis (Kenny), John Hackman (Mary); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the family home with Reverend Paul Greer officiating. A burial followed on the family land. Pallbearers were Troy Brown, John Hackman, Bryan Conner, Tom Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Kenny Ellis, Joshua Coates, and Danny Little. Memorial donations may be made to The National D-Day Memorial, The American Lung Cancer Association, or Bedford Humane Society. Ron’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Centra Hospice, Centra Allen B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center in Lynchburg, Ellen Justice, RN, and Kayla Mills, social worker. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Scheduled Services


Elizabeth "Betsy" Hopkins Stewartson, 81, of Bedford, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at Main St. United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford.


Charles Benjamin Russell, 95, of Bedford, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A memorial service will be held 3:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Bower Center, 305 N Bridge St, Bedford, VA 24523.