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Obituaries

Claire Ann LaForest Butterfield

Butterfield ClaireClaire Ann LaForest Butterfield, 90, formerly of Hardy, VA, died Friday, June 29, 2018. She was born in New Bedford, MA, a daughter of the late Oscar LaForest and Lillian Jean LaForest. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Bernard Butterfield; brothers, John LaForest, Paul LaForest, and Raymond LaForest; sisters, Gabe Champagne, Theresa Cartmell and Madeleine Butterfield. She is survived by her four children, Wayne Butterfield and wife Beverly, Paula Homes, Gail Alexander and husband Don, Brian Butterfield and wife Sarah; sisters, Paulette D’Avignon, Joan Lougee; sister-in-laws, Nancy LaForest and Dianne Brosnan; Grandchildren, Tracey Alexandrou, Amanda DiMeo, Kathryn Grisdale, Megan Corbin, Evan Butterfield, Samuel Butterfield, Isaac Butterfield; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Resurrection will be said 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 5, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA with Father Salvador Añonuevo officiating. A burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Brenda Alexander Goff Burks

Burks Brenda 2Brenda Alexander Goff Burks of Big Island, entered eternal rest with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 21, 2018. She was born on September 27, 1946 in Lynchburg, and was welcomed by loving parents, father, Alexander “Zan” Goff whom she was named after and loving mother, Mable Sligh Goff, they preceded her in death along with her only sibling, Elizabeth Faye Goff Craighead. Brenda and Faye were raised in Big Island and Brenda graduated with the last class at that school in 1964. She then married Owen “Pokie” Burks, Jr. on August 28, 1965 and from this union they parented four children who survive, Tina Burks and companion Mike, Denise Burks Hendricks and husband Jamie, Kristi Burks and companion T.C., and Brandon Burks. On March 20, 1975, Brenda accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her savior and her whole life took on new meaning and focus. The heartbeat of her soul was to faithfully serve Christ through her home church, Chestnut Hill Free Will Baptist Church. She served as Sunday School teacher, church clerk, editor of the church newsletter, president of the Ladies Auxiliary for 30 – 40 years. She was also clerk of the Central Va. Quarterly Conference for 30 years. The special joys of Brenda’s life were her grand"doll"babies, who survive, Bradley Goode, Alexis and Madison Hendricks, Tiffany, Coty, and Brooke Campbell, and Gloria Burks; and great-grand"doll"baby, Laila Wells. A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2018, at Chestnut Hill First Free Will Baptist Church, Big Island. She will be laid to rest beside her parents and sister in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider the Ladies Auxiliary Chestnut Hill Free Will Baptist Church, Big Island. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ray Murel Turpin

TurpinRay Murel Turpin, Sr. 81, of Bedford, passed away June 20, 2018, at home. He was born in Bedford County on December 10, 1936 to the late Fred and Louise Turpin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Loretta Keen Turpin; a brother, Kenneth Turpin; sister-in-law, Cleo Turpin; and brother-in-law, Clifton “Buster” Jones. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Turpin of Bedford; sons, Ray Turpin, Jr. and wife, Barbara of Bedford, Thomas Turpin and wife, Frances of Stokesdale, NC, Dennis Turpin and wife, Kim of Blue Ridge; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanette Jones of Lynchburg, Evlyne Ortiz and husband, Jimmy of Charleston, SC; special friend, Shirley Holbrook, five sister-in-laws; three brother-in-laws, and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. Ray was retired from The Dairymen’s Association after being a driver for 42 years, having driven for Westover Dairy, Shenandoah’s Pride, and Valley Rich. He also was retired from the Virginia Army National Guard as a Sergeant after 23 years of service. He was an avid beef cattle farmer and raised a large garden for a number of years, always raising enough “to feed Cockes’ army”! He loved being outside working and taking care of what needed to be done and instilled a solid work ethic in his children. The family would like to express their appreciation to Good Samaritan Hospice for their assistance in the care of their loved one and to Kathy Furr, the nurse, and Jennie Payne, for all their help and care. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Pastor Greg Rogers and Sam Williams officiating. A burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park with military honors. Family will receive friends 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Other times the family will receive friends and family at the home place on Wheatland Road. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Frances Latimer Roberts

Roberts MaryMary Frances Latimer Roberts, 75, of Bedford, died Friday, June 15, 2018. She was born in Bedford County on December 6, 1942, a daughter of the late Harold Hurst Latimer and Lois Holland Latimer. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Mark Edward Roberts. She was retired from Disciples Day Care. She is survived by her husband, Moses Henry Roberts, Jr.; son, Michael Lynn Roberts (Carolyn); daughter, Barbara Marie Roberts (Chris); grandchildren, Tuesday Dawn Carter, Chloe Mae-Dawn Newcomer; great-grandchildren, Damon Lee Andrews, Jr., Danica Leeann Andrews; sister, Bertie Lee Booth; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends. A funeral service will be held, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Jack Davis and Pastor William Clark officiating. A burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers please consider Center Point United Methodist Church, 1177 Timber Ridge Road, Bedford, 24523 or Bedford Life Saving Crew, 311 Bedford, Avenue, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Henry Josesph "Fritz" Holderbach

Holderbach Henry 2Henry Joseph “Fritz” Holderbach, 55, of Roanoke, died Friday, June 15, 2018. He was born in Mount Kisco, NY on January 16, 1963, a son of the late Henry Charles Holderbach and Nancy Griffin Holderbach. He is survived by his sister, Patty Gorman and husband Joe; brother, Michael Holderbach and wife Becky; and eight nieces. His passion in life was motorcycling, spending his free time riding the back roads and the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was active member of the Twin Valley Riders whom he considered like family. A lover of literature and the printed word, he considered his work as a pressman an expression of art. A Funeral Mass will be said 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church with Msg. Michael McCarron officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Friends of Blue Ridge Parkway, 4419 Pheasant Ridge Rd. #101, Roanoke, VA 24014. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Linda Marie Padgett Hearn

Hearn LindaLinda Marie Padgett Hearn, 75, of Bedford, died Tuesday, June 6, 2018. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 15, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Samuel James Cirre

Cirre SamuelSamuel James Cirre, 18, of Bedford, died Saturday, June 9, 2018. He was born in Bedford, VA on June 19, 1999, a son of David Peter Cirre and Debra Gurak Cirre of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Gurak. He was a communicant of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. In addition to his parents he is survived by siblings, Briana (Jake) Jiracek, Elizabeth (William) Bible, Jeffrey Cirre, Jonathan Cirre, Andrew Cirre, Timothy Cirre, Abigail Cirre, and Eric Cirre; paternal grandparents, Bob and Connie Cirre; maternal grandmother, Betty Gurak; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends. A Funeral Mass will be said 11:00 a.m., on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church with Father Salvador Añonuevo officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Greenwood Cemetery. A reception will follow the interment at the church. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church and one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Please consider making a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention -Bedford VA Hike for Hope (make checks payable to AFSP), 2905 Bells Mill Road, Goode, VA 24556. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Amy Lee Ruble Wright

Wright AmyAmy Lee Ruble Wright, 81, of Bedford, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018. She was born in Russell County, VA on May 24, 1937, a daughter of the late James David Ruble, Jr. and Virginia Kitts Ruble Webber. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Roger Wright, Jr.; daughter, Janet Lee Tomlinson; and step-father, James A. Webber. Amy was employed as a teacher’s aide with the City of Lynchburg School System, Blair Marketing Co, Inc. (telemarketing), and Centra Lynchburg General Hospital ER as a patient advocate. She was a member of Park View United Methodist Church and Harrison Colony Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loved her family, music, plants, old movies, Elvis, and above all God. She had a rapier wit with a very down to earth matter of fact personality. Amy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a steadfast loyal friend that was loved by everyone that knew her. She is survived by her children, Clarence Roger Wright III and fiancé Sharon Staton, Jennie Wright Spradlin and husband Tony, Brenda Wright; son-in-law, Payton L. Tomlinson Jr.; grandchildren, Jason Tomlinson, Brandon Tomlinson, Daniel Tomlinson, Heather S. Harris, Palmer Tomlinson, Ashley Tomlinson, Mickenzie Tomlinson, Brittany Spradlin, Skyler Spradlin,; great-grandchildren, Ashley Desmond, Ariel Tomlinson, Caden Tomlinson, Caspian Tomlinson, Evie Tomlinson and Luna Harris. The family would like to thank Dr. John Williams and staff at CVFP, Bedford Adult Day Care Center (all the staff has been wonderful), Centra Bedford ICU staff, and the staff of Bedford Hospice. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel, 1235 Walnut St, Bedford with Chaplain Justin Brown officiating. A burial will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park. Family will receive friends two hours prior to the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Amy’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Centra Hospice of Bedford, or any animal shelter of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Antionette Sciarabba Basile

Basile MaryMary Sciarabba Basile, 95, of Huddleston, died Monday, June 4, 2018. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 13, 1922, a daughter of the late Rosario Sciarabba and Guiseppina Dignoti Sciarabba. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Angelo James “Charlie” Basile; and her sister, Frances Desimone. She is survived by her sons, Philip Basile and wife, Betty; Robert Basile and wife Jane; grandchildren, Eric Basile and wife Virginia, Nancy Basile, David Basile and wife Misty, Andrew Basile; great-grandchildren, Vincent Basile, Owen Basile, Lewis Basile, Dylan Basile; sister, Lilie Bongiorno; and two nieces. A Mass of Resurrection will be said 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 7, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA with Father Salvador Añonuevo officiating. A burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Rosemarie Catherine Carnall Manning

Manning RosemarieRosemarie Carnall Manning, 76, of Bedford, died Saturday, June 2, 2018. She was born in Trenton, NJ on August 13, 1941, to the late William Louis Carnall and Suzanna Lena Umstead. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell Lowell Manning, and her brothers, Billy and Freddy. She is survived by her children, Maureen Lyons (Greg), Erin Manning, and Patrick Manning, and by her six grandchildren. Rosemarie loved and was fiercely protective of her family and friends. She made friends easily and for life. She would not want this announcement to be overlong, so it isn’t. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, June 11, 2018at Windsor Hills United Methodist Church, 3591 Windsor Road, Roanoke, VA 24018, with Rev. Doug Paysour officiating. Interment will be in New Jersey at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 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.