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Obituaries

Clara Lee Seabolt Mayhew

Mayhew ClaraOn January 14, 2019 at 4:50 p.m. Clara Lee Seabolt Mayhew joined her husband, George Ray Mayhew and her daughter, Ramona Carol Mayhew in Heaven.  Her Lord Jesus Christ graciously and peacefully took her home.  We are very grateful for her peaceful transition to her Heavenly home.  Clara was gifted with the ability to Love.  Her devotion to her husband and children was her biggest desire in life and she did both with exceptional diligence.  She is survived by four children, Randy Thomas Mayhew, Rhonda Lee Mayhew Toms and husband, Bill; George Rodney Mayhew and wife Kathy; and Ronny Rucker Mayhew and wife, Kathy; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Seabolt Chappelle; two sisters-in-law, Minerva M. Johnson and Sadie Seabolt; three brothers-in-law, Murrill Johnson, Hobart Markham and William (Bill) Chappelle.   The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Burch-Messier Main Street Location, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford.  A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2019 at Sedalia Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Jones officiating.  Burial will follow at Virginia Memorial Park.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford.

Dennis Wayne Nash

Nash Dennis 2Dennis Wayne Nash, 65, of Gladys, Va. passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 in his home surrounded by his friends and family. He was born in Lynchburg, Va. August 5, 1953. Dennis was the son of Janet Clement Nash and the late Buford Hunter Nash of Gladys, Va. He is survived by his wife Carrie Elizabeth Nash; his son, Justin Jordan Nash and his wife Cyndal Williams Nash; and two grandchildren, Henly and Ryder Nash; two stepdaughters, Haleigh Britt Umphlette and husband Charles Ryan Umphlette and Courtney Deanna Britt; his siblings, Cynthia Nash Bailey and husband Mack, Timothy M. Nash and wife Emily, and Beverly F. Nash. Dennis was president of Nash Forest Products and spent his life helping and serving others in his community. He was also a member of the Gladys Volunteer Fire Department for 45 years. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Gladys Volunteer Fire Department to celebrate the life of Dennis. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, at the Gladys Volunteer Fire Department. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Gladys Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Eric Coleman Rice

Rice EricEric Coleman Rice, 48, of Bedford, died Saturday, January 12, 2019. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on April 24, 1970, a son of Ronald Clair “Ronnie” Rice and Barbara Coleman Rice. He was a member of Bedford Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he is survived by his daughter, Madeline Mae Rice; a son, Caden Coleman Rice; sister, Suzanne Roberts; two nephews, Cory Nichols, Ryan Nichols; friend and mother of his children, Dawn Rice; and many dear family and friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Bedford Baptist Church with Dr. David L. Henderson officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Bedford Baptist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ronald William Harris

Harris RonaldRonald William Harris, 73 of Gainesville Ga, died as a result of a tragic motor vehicle accident on January 12th in Pualaski Virginia. He is survived by his wife Lucille Harris and their 5 children (Joe, Brian, Serena, Amanda and John) and their 2 grandchildren, (Audrey and Sebastien).  He was born August 26th, 1945 in Baltimore Maryland. Mr. Harris proudly served his country during the Vietnam war from 1964 through 1968 as a heavy equipment operator. When he left the Service, he worked on the loading docks in Long Beach California as a crane operator. He also worked as a mechanic fixing big rigs. In 1982 he started working for Kiser Sand & Gravel until 2001 when the family moved to Georgia. Ron was a skilled large crane operator and he contributed to the local infrastructure in North East Georgia working on both the Lake Zwerner Dam and Cedar Creek pumping station. Ron's hobby and passion in life was old military trucks. After retiring in 2010 from the construction industry, he worked extensively on restoring and modifying Vietnam era and later military trucks. He was very active and passionate in the hobby and helped hundreds of others through hours of phone calls and communications assisting with his ideas and knowledge. Ron was a very patriotic honorable man who loved God and country. He had a heart of gold and would put others above himself. He loved helping any way he could while sharing his knowledge and talents. We will be having a celebration of life in honor of Ron on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the early afternoon in the Gainesville, Georgia area. 

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.

Peggy Ann Lacy Carter

Carter PeggyPeggy Lacy Carter, 74, of Bedford, entered the Kingdom of Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 5, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on October 9, 1944, a daughter of the late Oswell Ford Lacy and Elizabeth Shannon Lacy. She was the devoted wife of Johnny L. Carter; loving mother of Cynthia Carter and friend Larry Flournoy, Timothy Carter and wife Nancy; granddaughter, Emily Barrett; grandson, Dakota Carter; sister, Dorothy Bowyer; brothers, Butch Lacy and wife Diane, Ronnie Lacy and wife Regina, Robert Lacy and wife Denise; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws that she loved very much. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Assisting the family is Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Richard Wayne Bunn

Bunn Richard 2Richard Wayne Bunn, 71, of Bedford, died Monday, December 31, 2018. He was born in St. Marys, PA on December 20, 1947 a son of the late Daniel Allen Bunn and Mercedes Fodge Bunn. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia McBrayer Bunn; a son, Daniel Jon Bunn; and a brother, Jon Allen Bunn. Richard was a Vietnam Era Veteran serving his country in the United States Navy. He was involved for many years with Bedford County Special Olympics and was a bus driver for Holy Cross in Lynchburg and then for Bedford County Public Schools. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Bunn, Angela Bunn both of Bedford; grandson, Logan Bunn of Bedford, VA; sister, Tommajean Young of Emporium, PA; and several nieces and nephews. No services will be held. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360 is assisting the family.

Douglas Eugene "Doug" Dooley

Douglas Eugene “Doug” Dooley, 55, of Roanoke, died Saturday, December 29, 2018. He was born in Bedford, VA on January 17, 1963 a son of Hilton Swanson Dooley (Catherine) and the late Wanda Faye Ward. Doug worked in construction. In addition to his father and step-mother he is survived by his sisters, Wanda Honaker (Clayton), Ann Switzer (Pete); brothers, James Dooley, Bernard Dooley (Vickie), Bobby Dooley, Earl Ward; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. No services will be held. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360 is assisting the family.

Dr. Christopher Holliday Goldman

Goldman ChristopherDr. Christopher Holliday Goldman died at home of Parkinson’s disease on  December 28, at the age of 71. His wife Carol and friend Julie were at his bedside. Chris was born in Red Lion, Pennsylvania on August 18, 1947 to Leon and Mary Goldman.   He had one sister, Holly Dodson, who predeceased him in 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Albright College ( 1969), graduating magna cum laude. After serving in the U.S. Army, he got a master’s degree from Georgetown University ( 1974), and earned a Ph.D. at John’s Hopkins University ( 1986). He was an activist, scholar, and teacher of African politics.   For five years ( 1977-82) he taught at the National University of Lesotho, where some of his students were leaders of the African National Congress during its often deadly struggle against South African apartheid. Dr. Goldman was a much-loved professor of political science at Randolph-Macon Woman’s college for two decades, from 1986 until Parkinson’s disease cut his career short in 2005. At R-MWC he won the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching.  His colleagues remember him fondly for his sharp wit in dull faculty meetings. He was also an amateur paleontologist and donated fossils to Randolph College’s outstanding Natural History Collections Project. Chris, who was always deeply committed to social justice, received the Lynchburg Peace Education Center Award. His friends and students remember him as a man whose generous and inspirational leadership helped to make a better community for all. He is survived by his devoted wife Carol, numerous friends, and students on two continents. He is remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and love of punning, and his  amazing skill with crossword puzzles and at beating everyone at Trivial Pursuit. Carol wishes to thank all our dear friends and neighbors who stood by her and Chris these many years and have been so loving and kind in so many ways. Carol also would like to thank Centra Hospice and all the nurses and aides who cared for Chris, the music therapist who brought happiness and light to Chris, the volunteer who became a good friend and would visit and read to Chris, and the social worker, chaplain, and other staff who guided and supported her through the last two years of Chris’ life. There will be a party to celebrate Chris’ life at a later date. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360 is assisting the family.

Lewis Cecil "Dickie" Sexton

Sexton LewisLewis Cecil “Dickie” Sexton, 74, of Moneta, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018. He was born in Bedford, VA on September 5, 1944. He also had a twin sister that lived for six months. He is the son of Lewis E. Sexton and Florence A. Sexton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a niece, Debbie Leftwich Custer. He worked at Rubatex but was retired. He loved country music, fishing, and making things. He loved his three cats. He is survived by two sisters, Jeanne S. Logwood of Roanoke and Judy S. Leftwich and husband Richard of Bedford; nephew, David Lewis Logwood, and great-nephew, Daniel Wayne Custer. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360 is assisting the family.

Scheduled Services


Myrtle Loraine New Webster, 86, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 17, 2019. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. 


Carol Roark Valora, 67, of Appomattox, died Sunday, February 17, 2019. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Carol’s Cemetery, 6277 Bethany Road, Rustburg, VA.