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Obituaries

Michael Gary "Mike" Sloan

Sloan Mike 2Michael “Mike” Gary Sloan, 67, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday January 29, 2019 with his family and beloved dog, Zoe, by his side.Mike was born to William and Agnes Sloan on June 21, 1951 in Roanoke. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ellen; their three children, Marlena, Will, and Maggee; three grandchildren, Dustin, Sterling, and Palmer, and his two sisters, Patsy Ray and Nancy Daniel and their families. He was preceded in death by William Sloan, his father, and Agnes Sloan, his mother. His children and grandchildren remember him as a patient, strong, gentle, and loving man. Michael was passionate about sports, especially the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Virginia Cavaliers and the Liberty High School Minutemen. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and enjoyed being an active part of the congregation. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Trinity Baptist Church, 947 Lyle Street, Bedford, with Rev. Vernon DeLong officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Trinity Baptist Church Benevolent Fund. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Marie Faye Markham Hughes

Hughes MarieMarie Faye Markham Hughes, 78, of Big Island, died Saturday, January 26, 2019. She was born in Lynchburg, VA on May 18, 1940 a daughter of the late Leonard Thomas Markham and Ola Wilson Markham Smith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Gene Mitchell, Sr. and her second husband George William Hughes, Jr.; two brothers, Frank Markham, Lewis Markham; sister, Edith Mitchell and her husband, Cary; niece, Ola Michelle Markham; and nephew, Kevin Andrew Mitchell. She was retired from Rubatex and was a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church, Chestnut Hill Free Will Baptist Ladies Auxiliary, and the Recycle Team. She is survived by her son, Kenneth G. Mitchell II; daughters, Jeanne Marie Watson and husband Christopher, Connie Nicely and husband Vincent; grandchildren, Timothy Laughlin and wife Tammy, Terry Laughlin and wife Sarah, Katherine Watson, Amanda Watson, Aaron Nicely, Ashley Nicely; great-grandchildren, TyLee Laughlin, Chase Laughlin, Hailey Laughlin, and Cody Ouellette; two sisters, Delores “Punkin” Wilson and husband, Riley, Barbara Campbell and husband, Brent; brother, Ernest “Blue” Markham and wife, Emma Jean; sister-in-law, Bessie Markham Christian and husband, Ray; many friends, nieces, and nephews. The family would like to thank Cardinal Senior Living for their care of their mom. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Bledsoe officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends for a time of gathering and food following the services in the church fellowship hall. People are encouraged to bring a covered dish to the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Tammy May O'Neill

tammyTammy May O’Neill, 51, of Bedford, died Monday, January 21, 2019. She was born in Wilmington, DE on May 15, 1967, a daughter of John Daniel O’Neill and Andrea Petine O’Neill. Tammy was an RN at Heartland Hospice. She loved her job as a nurse and being able to help others. She was a special woman and so full of life and she did everything she could to make the people around her feel very loved.  Tammy loved the New York Rangers, her cats and dogs, and will be missed by her children and so many others. In addition to her parents she is survived by a daughter, Maran O’Neill; three sons, Patrick Catalano, Devin O’Neill, and Ryan Skorupski; brother, Thomas O’Neill; sister, Traci O’Neill; and her boyfriend, Gerry Lacy. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation for her children, c/o Maran O’Neill, 1676 Fiddler Creek Road, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Jason Paul Lutz

Lutz Jason 1Jason Paul Lutz, 40, of Bedford, died Wednesday, January, 16, 2019. He was born in North Dakota on January 17, 1978 a son of Steven Lutz and the late Jerrie Bledsoe Giannotti. In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by an infant baby of Jason Lutz and Ashley Witt. Jason proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army where he served two tours in Iraq. He was a wonderful father to his daughter. He was smart, loving, and was a man of courage, bravery, and integrity. In addition to his father he is survived by his fiancée, Ashley Witt; daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Lutz; brothers, Michael Rogers and wife Chelsea, David Rogers, Dusty Lutz and wife Laura; step-father, Dan Giannotti; and numerous other family and friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church, 924 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, VA with Rev. Daniel Smith officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

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.

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.