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Laura Lee Arrington

Arrington LauraLaura Lee Arrington, 43, of Bedford, died Friday, November 23, 2018. Laura was born on April 30, 1975 in Bedford, Virginia. She spent her childhood in Bedford and upon graduation from Liberty High School in 1993, she left for the University of Virginia. At UVA, Laura majored in English and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, where she made many life-long friends. Upon graduation in 1997, Laura moved to Atlanta and taught art at the Wesleyan School. This was the beginning of a journey that took her from art school in Savannah, GA, to New York City, to Los Angeles where she used her artistic talents in creative roles at Brooks Brothers and other retail companies, to Florida and ultimately back to Bedford. Though each of these locations and experiences were unique, the common thread was the impact that Laura had on the lives of those she met. She loved everyone and had an extraordinary ability to connect with others. Her hugs were showered on people and pets and endeared her to all. She had a passion for music, literature and art and was incredibly talented in all three; gifting family and friends with notes of encouragement, works of art and other personalized tokens that expressed her love and appreciation. Having accepted Christ at an early age, the Lord took her to her Heavenly home on November 23, 2018. Laura was a smart, creative, beautiful young woman and her laughter and song will be carried in the hearts of those who loved her. Laura is survived by her parents, H. Steven and Donna T. Arrington of Bedford, her sister, Wendy and her husband, Larry Eason of Pomona, CA; her sister, Kristy and her husband, Adam Estrada of Reston, VA; and the niece she adored, Elise Eason; and extended family. To share memories of Laura or to make a donation to one of her favorite charities please visit www.lauraarrington.org A celebration of life will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Main Street United Methodist Church, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Thelma Omer Driskill Preston

Preston Thelma 1Thelma Omer Preston of Huddleston, VA passed away peacefully on November 22, 2018 at Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg. She was the widow of Coy D. Kirby, Sr. and John L. (Jack) Preston. She was born in Lynchburg, VA on September 12, 1931 and  was a daughter of Norvell Smith Driskill and Omer Thelma Hawkins Driskill. In addition to her husbands and parents, she is preceded in death by her two sisters, Lousie D. (Sis) Preston and Ann D. Turner; and her son, Norvell Lenwood (Len) Kirby; and a step-granddaughter, Lacey Thumma Dinsmore. She is survived by her daughters, Gloria K. Tuck and husband Danny, Connie K. McDaniel and husband Donnie; son, Coy Davis Kirby, Jr. and wife Ruth; step-daughter, Linda P. Thumma and husband Earl; twelve grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Mentow Baptist Church, Huddleston, VA., with a visitation to follow. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the staff of Westminster Canterbury and to family and friends for all their acts of kindness. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dorothy Lousie Floyd

Floyd Dorothy0001Dorothy Louise Floyd, 84, of Big Island, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018. She was born in Bedford County on May 29, 1934. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mack Floyd. She is survived by her brother, David Goff (Jenny); her children, Irine Goff (Bobby), Ann Goff (Eddie), Robin Garland all of Big Island, Odell Floyd (Dale) of Monroe, Linda Bright (Bill) of Roanoke,; seven grandchildren, Bonnie Elder (Drew), Randy Floyd, Roger Floyd, Mike McDaniel (Samantha), Bradford Pugh (Sarah), Emily Floyd; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Big Island Baptist Church, with Rev. Mike Watkins officiating. A burial will follow in Hunting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 2:00 p.m. The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice nurses and doctors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Big Island Emergency Crew, P.O. Box 343, Big Island, VA 24526. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Telford Marine

John Telford Marine, 61, of Gladstone, died Monday, November 19, 2018. He was born in New Jersey on April 8, 1957, a son of the late John Marine Sr. and Betty McGregor Marine. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Rodney Marine; his first wife, Isabelle Quinn Marine; step-son, Daniel Burnett; and best friend, Don Collier. John was a patriotic man and had a real love for animals, especially his cats. He was an avid fisherman and dumpster diver. He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Rhonda McCormick Marine; sister, Marie Suzanne Marine-Cliff; son, Joe Reese (Becky) of Chesapeake, VA; daughter, Sally Bradley (Mike) of El Paso, TX, Mary Gonzalez (Shane); granddaughter, Lexie Alley; best friend, Curt Robertson; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Driskill Funeral Chapel, 201 Grandview Drive, Amherst, VA 24521. Friends may visit with the family other times at their home, 1415 Green Acres Lane, Gladstone, VA. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and other staff of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their excellent care of John, especially the 6th floor Vascular Intensive Care Unit and 10th floor Pallitive Care Unit. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Lynchburg Humane Society 1211 Old Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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.

Scheduled Services

James Earl "Jimmy" Foster, 72, of Bedford, died Thursday, December 6, 2018. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.