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Obituaries

Donald Walter Morgan

Donald Walter Morgan, 81, of Bedford, died Friday, March 22, 2019. He was born in Ironto, VA on May 7, 1937, a son of the late Donald Earl Morgan and Garnett Garlick Morgan. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and he was a retired truck driver. Donald is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Patricia Gross Morgan; son Mark Morgan; daughter, Vanessa Morgan; brother, Ellis “Pete” Morgan; granddaughter, Devan Yountz and husband Bobby; great-granddaughter, Addison Yountz; special fishing buddy, David Newman; special friend, Pete Reese; and several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Joy Marcia Canada Faust

Joy Marcia Canada Faust, 62, of Madison Heights, died Thursday, March 21, 2019. She was born in Lynchburg, VA on May 7, 1956, the daughter of Sarah Hawkins Hewlett and the late Pete Holmes Canada. Joy was a special education teacher for Bedford County Public Schools and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband, Thomas Gregory Faust; step-son, Christopher Faust (Samantha); brothers, David Holmes Canada, Kevin Berkeley Canada; sisters-in-law, Regina Archer (Chester), Patricia Schlomer (Lester); grandchildren, Carmen Faust, Kenneth Faust, Bailey Faust, Shawn Faust, and Makayla Ragland; special friends, Debra Burks, Debra Woodson; and numerous other family and friends; beloved dog Henry. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ruby Ellen Key Craghead

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Ruby Ellen Key Craghead passed away peacefully with her family by her side into the arms of her heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Mama died on Daddy’s birthday and a celebration of her life will be held on her baby girl’s birthday, Sunday, March 24th at Peaks Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Danny Holdren officiating.   Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Ruby was born on October 12, 1924 in Bedford County, eldest daughter of the late Jimmie Tooms Key and Alma Meador Key. Ruby attended Madison College and taught school for two years, but retired from the Bedford County Extension Service and was a lifetime member of Peaks Church, living each day in faithful service to our Lord Jesus Christ. She was the organist at Peaks for several years and also played violin in the Bedford Orchestra. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Ray Craghead, her eldest daughter, Rebecca Craghead Nance, her brothers, G.H. (Buzzy) and James Key. Mama loved her family and left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Patricia C. McCauley and her husband, John, her grandsons, Samuel A. McCauley and Callie; Jason R. McCauley and his wife, Sarah, her sister, Margaret K. Campbell, her son-in-law, Parker Nance; her sister-in-law, Peggy D. Key and all her loving nieces and nephews. She also leaves a special daughter, Sharon Fisher; a son, James R. Craghead and his wife, Kaye; their children, Kyle and his wife, TLC and their children, Everly and Meara; Lucy Craghead and James Craghead; and a granddaughter, Meagan Reardon. Mama grew up as the eldest child, milking cows and farming until her siblings got old enough to help as well, she picked apples and made the best applesauce around. And when Mama had fried chicken, no matter what piece you got, it was all good. She enjoyed and had one of the prettiest yards with Daddy in Bedford County with all their flowers, rhododendron and azaleas. The family requests that in lieu of food you please consider the Bedford DSS food pantry, P.O. Box 1187, Bedford, VA 24523; The Shepherds Table or the Bedford Christian Ministries, both at 217 W. Washington Street, Bedford, VA 24523. The family also appreciates more than we can say all the love, thoughts and prayers we’ve received from everyone over the past several weeks. God bless you all. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Janet Lucille Bowyer

Bowyer JanetJanet Lucille Bowyer, 53, of Bedford, died Saturday, March 2, 2019. She was born in Bedford County on April 4, 1965 a daughter of Lillie Spence Bowyer and the late William Cathy Bowyer. In addition to her mother she is survived by three daughters, Stephanie Gross and husband David, Jessica Thomason, Sherry Welch; grandchildren, Emma and Ava Gross, Madison and Katelyn Welch; sister, Carol Johnson; and brothers, Jerry Spence and wife, Cheryl and William Spence. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Holy Land Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Carol Faye Roark Valora

Valora CarolCarol Faye Roark Valora, 67, of Appomattox, died Sunday, February 17, 2019. She was born in Lunenburg County, VA on December 21, 1951 a daughter of the late Jessie Lincoln Roark and Myrtle Ray Roark. She is survived by her sons, Rodney Stephens, Wyatt Valora; daughters, Debra Humphreys, Victoria Valora; sisters, Evelyn Marler, Louise Hancock, Maxine Smith, Betty Roark; brothers, Earl Roark, Clarence Roark, Thurman Roark; thirteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Carol’s Cemetery, 6277 Bethany Road, Rustburg, VA with Rev. Mack Almond officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Myrtle Webster Wolford

Wolford MyrtleMyrtle Webster Wolford, 86, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on September 19, 1932, a daughter of the late William Lynwood New and Sally Zimmerman New. She is preceded in death by her sons, Donald Ray Webster, Mark Lowell Webster; sisters, Emma Holdren, Betty New; and brother, Larry New. She is survived by her loving husband, Bennie Wolford; daughter, Gina W. Sneed and husband Tim; daughters, Teresa Overstreet and husband David, Vicky Wolford and Bobby, Tammy Overstreet and husband Paul; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jennie Wilson and husband Melvin; numerous friends, nieces and nephews; and special caretaker, Betty Davis. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Carlton Duck officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Frances Virginia Ruff Stevens

Stevens FranFrances Virginia Ruff Stevens, 76, of Bedford died Friday, February 15, 2019. Fran was born in Bedford March 31, 1942 a daughter of the late Otis Ruff and Lillie Orange Ruff. In addition to her parents Fran was also preceded in death by one brother Arthur B. Ruff; two sisters Margaret Ruff Overstreet, Doris Ruff Dooley. Fran worked for Rubatex for 34 years and she was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed being with her family. Fran is survived by her husband of 50 years Harry Gene Stevens; one son Reggie Stevens; one step-son Byran Stevens; one sister Myrtle Ruff Phillips; and numerous other family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Pastor Earl Ragland officiating. Burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, at Burch Messier Walnut Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers, it is the family wishes that you please consider St Jude Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Burch Messier Funeral Home (540-586-7360) is assisting the family. 

Judith Gale Webb Johns

Johns JudithJudith Webb Johns, 66, of Lynchburg passed away Monday 2-11-19, peacefully at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Webb, sister to the late Kenneth Webb, survived by sister Joyce Bradel (Robert), children Lois Camden (Tracy), Gene Evans (Holly), grandchildren Lauren, Jessica, Sammy Jo and Heath, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. At her request, a funeral service will not be held.  The immediate family will honor her memory and her requests in a future celebration of life.  

Stewart Winston Chapman Jr.

Chapman WinstonStewart Winston Chapman, Jr., of Bedford, VA ran off into the sunset to be reunited with his creator on February 6, 2019. Winston grew up in Charlottesville, the son of the late Stewart Winston Chapman and Joan Adams Chapman. He was a 1970 graduate of Lane High School and he attended the Medical College of Virginia at VCU, where he met his future wife, and graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Pharmacy. He lived his adult life in Bedford, VA where he practiced Pharmacy for thirty-six years, initially at Green’s Drug Store and later at Moneta Pharmacy, which he co-owned with his wife. Winston was a real nature lover and spent much of his life engaged in activities such as running, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, and kite flying. Although he never mastered his beloved cello, he greatly enjoyed music and sang in the choir at Bedford Presbyterian Church for many years. A man with an unusual sense of humor, Winston believed laughter was a tonic for life. Left behind to carry on are his wife of 42 ½ years, Georgia Fisher Chapman; his daughter and acquired son, Betty Joan “Beejay” Alexander and husband, Matt; a brother, Harry Page Chapman; a sister, Marion C. Dudley; and a host of family and friends. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019, at Bedford Presbyterian Church with The Rev. John T. Salley and The Rev. Loren Tate Mitchell presiding. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers memorial can be made to Bedford Presbyterian Church, 105 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Anne Clare Stanton Radle

Radle Anne 1Anne Clare Stanton Radle, 84, of Hurt, VA, formerly of Huddleston, VA died Friday, February 1, 2019. She was born in The Bronx, NY on September 15, 1934 of Irish Immigrants, the daughter of the late Thomas Stanton and Kathleen Goulding Stanton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Bernard Radle; daughter, Anne Derrick; sisters, Kathleen Dalton and Eileen Allmier. Anne was an active child; jumping rope, playing tag, stickball, roller-skating, during WWII: air raid drills, blackouts rationing, radio updates and victory. She was a graduate of Walton High School in NYC; an avid reader, student- swimmer, walker, gardener and volunteer.  She met the love of her life Joseph Radle, while roller skating.  They lived a life of adventure, sailing from Long Island Sound to Smith Mountain Lake, VA and enjoyed traveling. She loved Jesus and was a faithful wife, mom, sister, friend, and teacher. She is survived by her sisters, Noreen Frey of Ridge, NY and Patricia Bendelow  of Fuquay-Varina, NC, sons, Joseph Radle and wife, Monica of Tacoma, WA, Daniel Radle and wife, Dawn of Ridge, NY, Stephen Radle and wife, Melissa of New Port Richey, FL; son-in-law, Andrew Derrick of Hurt, VA; grandchildren, David Sandidge, Krystal Krumer, Daniel Radle, Carolyn Radle, Benjamin Radle, Noah Radle, Hannah Beth Derrick, Samuel Derrick, Joseph Derrick; great grandchildren, David Sandidge Jr., Bella Sandidge, and many loving nieces and nephews. A Mass of Resurrection will be said at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA with Father Jim Gallagher and Deacon Chris Barrett officiating. Following the interment in the church cemetery, there will be a reception in Morrow Hall. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. 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.