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Obituaries

Clarence William Barbour

Clarence William Barbour, 70, of Gretna, died Saturday, September 29, 2018. He was born on July 24, 1948 in Altavista, VA, a son of the late Clyde Barbour and Delma Ridgeway Barbour. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Harold Barbour. He is survived by his wife, Cecile Rowland Barbour; and numerous other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.

Robert Joseph Burke

Burke Robert 2Robert (Bob) Joseph Burke, born November 7, 1930, went to eternal rest on September 27, 2018.  Bob was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Mary Agnes, his wife Joan (Carroll) of 57 years, and his brothers John, Mark, William, Joseph, and Edward. He is survived by his sister, Marie; nephews and nieces, Kevin, Karen, Barbara, Joanne, Jackie, Mark, Paul, Anthony, James, Brian, Wayne, Sean and Colin;  grand-uncle to Lucas, Jake, Maille-Rose, Colman, Noah, Catherine, Alison, Jonathan and Lauren; and great-grand-uncle to Kason, Taylor, Chase, and Carter. Served in the U.S. Army in Germany after WWII as a mechanic and told stories of his friendship with a local family.  He excelled in construction where he quickly worked his way up the ranks to ultimately being Superintendent responsible for the construction of several large buildings at the same time.  His proudest achievement was as Chief Foreman responsible for the construction of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Trenton, NJ, at the age of 29.  The previous structure was destroyed by fire in 1956 and the replacement was completed in 1959.  The cathedral has a 98-foot tall tower, holding the repaired 10 bells and clock of the former cathedral tower.  Also from the former cathedral are the bronze doors and parts of the original stained glass windows. He was responsible for many other construction projects.  When told he should write a book of his experiences, he replied, “You’d never believe it.” Quick to give boat rides to his nieces/nephews in Forked River, NJ or Smith Mtn. Lake, VA.  He loved animals, and couldn’t resist aiding a stray or animals in the wild.  For most of his life, he was young at heart, organizing the neighborhood beach party, quick with humor (“Flunk out now and avoid the June rush”) and an impish grin.  He would give the shirt off his back.  The loss of his wife was a severe blow to him, but he willed to live to the end. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. before Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, VA.  Interment will follow afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for donations to be sent to Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR), P.O. Box 96409, Washington, D.C. 20090-6409, or the Bedford County Animal Shelter, 1307 Falling Creek Rd, Bedford, VA 24523.Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robbin Marie Lewis Magann

Magann RobbinRobbin Marie Lewis Magann, 47, of Lynchburg, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Campbell County on November 6, 1970, a daughter of Kenneth Lewis and Nancy Eyler Lewis. She was a loving wife and mother. In addition to her parents Robbin is survived by her husband of 26 years, Donald Gregory Magann; and a daughter, Heather Marie Magann. With her love for her family’s endless care and support, she was able to feel at ease surrounded by love. A huge thank you to everyone who came and visited her or helped out. A memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Yellow Branch Baptist Church, 8395 Wards, Road, Rustburg, VA 24588, with Pastor Tim Wilde officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Private First Class Brandon Mitchell Warnock

Warnock Brandon 2Private First Class Brandon Mitchell Warnock- It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our beloved son, brother, and friend, Brandon Warnock. During his short time in this world he touched many lives. Known for his humor, tenacity, quick wit, love, and dependability he was a young man who would drop everything for a friend in their time of need. Born April 14, 1998 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Brandon lived in North Carolina, Ohio, Hawaii and later Virginia. Spending his younger years in Ohio, where he excelled in baseball and cross country, he grew up and played daily with his little brothers, Charlie and Bradey. From riding his bike around the neighborhood, to fishing with his father and step father, Brandon had an active and happy childhood. As a teenager, he longed for adventure and moved to Hawaii to live with his father, step mother, and sisters. He was a strong big brother to his sisters, Ansley and Hailey; he was their protector, while also the household comedian. In Hawaii Brandon learned to love the island life where he soon took up boogie boarding, snorkeling, and hiking. He excelled at Cross Country as a Leilehua High School Mule in Wahiawa, Hawaii where he graduated in 2016. Upon his graduation, Brandon truly became a beach boy as he spent his weekends and nights hanging out with his group of friends he called “the squad”, boogie boarding and having bon fires on the beach. But, life wasn’t all a party for Brandon. After graduation, he toiled his summer away at the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, restoring aircraft and historic artifacts from World War 2. Seeking more in life, Brandon left the islands to attend Liberty University where he made many dear friends. Finally, in the spring of 2017, Brandon fulfilled his life dream of joining the United States Army, where he became an infantryman later assigned to the Virginia Army National Guard. Brandon was proud of being a Soldier and talked constantly about his service and his brothers and sisters in arms. Although his countless friends and families are deeply pained by his loss, we have comfort knowing that he is with our Heavenly Father. Brandon is survived by parents; Jed and Lori Warnock of Wahiawa, Hawaii, Heather and Kevin Quinby of Warren, Ohio; sisters, Ansley and Hailey Warnock of Wahiawa, Hawaii; his brothers, Charlie and Bradey Quinby of Warren Ohio; grandparents, Wyman and Cindy Warnock of Dacula, Georgia, David and Doreen Calderwood of Leavittsburg, Ohio, Lee and Linda Shaw, Paige Eubank, Jim and Patricia Gore,; great-grandparents, Shirley Parker, Barbara Matthews, Mary Ann Stavana; and dozens of cousins, aunts, uncles, and his step grandparents who loved him dearly.A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Henry Hubert Chappelle

Chappelle Henry20180925 12545290Henry H. Chappelle, 93, of Bedford, passed away Monday, September 24, 2018. He was born on May 4, 1925, in Bedford, a son of the late Ben F. Chappelle and Dorothy K. Chappelle. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances K. Chappelle; son, Stephen H. Chappelle; brothers, David, Thomas, John, James, and Robert Chappelle; sisters, Alice Beatty, Barbara Heller, Camille Rice, and Easter Zieber; special friend, Delia B. Olson. Henry proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He was a seaman first class aboard the U.S.S. Montcalm (ATO-39). He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Wars (VFW), and an assistant scout leader of Boy Scout troop 170 in Goode, VA. He worked for C.C. Cheatam’s plumbing and Bedford County Public Schools. He is survived by his son, John V. Chappelle (Wendy); a daughter, Susan C. Brooks (Steven); granddaughters, Carly B. Kazanoglu and husband Anil, Kaitlyn B. Tomkinson; great-granddaughter, Vera Brooke Kazanoglu; brother, W.J. Chappelle; special friends, Laurie Williams, Edgar Mitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, with Rev. Vernon Delong and Rev. William Clark officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Center Point United Methodist Church or Goode Rescue Squad. The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and Hospice staff at Oakwood Manor, Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg General Hospital, and Guggenheimer nursing home. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mazie Josephine Wilson Ware Cumbee

Cumbee MazieMazie Josephine Wilson Ware Cumbee, 82, of Rustburg, died Monday, September 24, 2018. She was born in Rustburg, VA on December 19, 1935, a daughter of the late Lester Edward Wilson and Dovie Elizabeth Craft Wilson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Ware; and her second husband, William Cumbee; daughter, Elizabeth Ann McLean; brothers, Edward Wilson, Lorenzo Wilson; and her sisters, Lavorn Danos, and Myrtice Jennings. She is survived by her son, Daniel Ware; daughter, Vorndale Spitzer Kershner; brothers, Luther Wilson, Roy Wilson and his wife Lois; sister, Eleanor Sheriff; son-in-law, Rev. Thomas McLean; three grandchildren, Eric Spitzer, Jr., Meghan and Josh McLean; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Centra Hospice for their loving care of Mazie. A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2772 Bethany Church Road, Rustburg, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mildred Ola Johnson Weaver

Weaver Mildred20180922 13470663Mildred J. Weaver, 99, of Altavista, died at Autumn Care Nursing Home, Friday, September 21, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Robey and Fannie Johnson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, R.E. Reynolds; her second husband, Bernard Weaver; son, Gene Reynolds; two sisters, Frances Stinson and Shirley Pauley; and seven brothers, Howard, Robert, and John Porter, Albert, Earl, Raleigh and Jesse Johnson. She is survived by a daughter, Patsy Bailey (Dee) of Altavista; a son, Barry Reynolds (Susi) of Madison Heights, five granddaughters, Deborah Lovette (Tony) of Richmond, Kathryn Vaughan (Kelly) of Kansas, Patricia Jennings (Ted) of Rustburg, Meghan Chilton (Christopher) of Richmond, and Rachael Reynolds of Lynchburg; nine great-grandchildren, Sara Hillery (Julian), Windsor Lovette, Chatham Lovette, Lauren Malott (R.J.), Grayson Gibson, C.J. and Malachi Chilton, Jeremy Ackerman, and Alayna White; five great-great-grandchildren, Vaughn, Swoop, and Reave Hillery, Quade and Hadley Malott. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Penuel Baptist Church, with Carlton Gunter officiating. A burial will follow in Altavista Memorial Park. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the church and other times at the home of Patsy Bailey, 402 Peerman School Road, Altavista. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Autumn Care- Residents Council Fund, attn: Amy Henderson, 1317 Lola Avenue, Altavista, VA 24517. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ralph Wilson Manspile, Sr.

Manspile Ralph 2Ralph Wilson Manspile, Sr., 81, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family Friday, September 21, 2018. He was born in Rockbridge County on March 4, 1937, a son the late James Emory Manspile and Inez Ayers Manspile. He retired from Sam Moore Furniture with 25 years of service. Ralph is survived by his wife, Ruth Gordon Manspile; daughter, Pam Manspile Stanley; son, Ralph “Buddy” Manspile, Jr. and wife Lisa; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and seven cats, his fur babies. Family will receive friends 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Friends of the Bedford Animal Shelter. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Roger Gene Fulton

Fulton RogerRoger Gene Fulton, 66, of Bedford died Monday, September 17, 2018. He was born in Bedford on May 12, 1952, a son of the late, Jesse Booker Fulton and Bertha Mae Creasy Fulton. He is survived by his daughter, Lillie Beth Fulton; his grandchildren, Mason Cole Fulton and Owen Lee Fulton; a sister, Roslyn “Sissy” Fulton; two brothers, Ronnie Fulton and Robert Fulton and his wife, Susie; a special friend, Becky Johnson. A graveside service will be held 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Jack Davis officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

John Robert Moore

Moore John20180917 11552043John Robert Moore, 58, of Bedford, died Friday, September 14, 2018. He was born on October 28, 1959 in Maryland, a son of William Franklin Moore and Barbara White Moore Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Moore; and sisters, Mary Moore and Wanda Moore. He was a correction officer for the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. He is survived by his wife Delaina Tucker Moore; daughters, Christina Moore, Barbara Moore, Amber Moore, Crystal Avery; sister, Marlene Truesdell and husband Joe; grandchildren, Jonathan, Gavin, William; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. A Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 16. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. 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.