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Obituaries

Johnson Wray "Ray-Ray" Markham

Markham WrayJohnson Wray “Ray-Ray” Markham, 63, of Forest, VA, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents C. Junius Markham and Lillian Markham; a brother, Clayton Markham; and a nephew, Chris Markham. He was an electrician at Winnbo Electric for 25 years. He is survived by his sister, Doris Anne Hickok (Michael); sister-in-law, Carolyn Markham; nephew, Scott Markham (Traci); great-nephews, Jakob and Ryan Markham; great-niece, Amber Markham and many cousins, friends, and co-workers. He is also survived by Charlie Winn who has been a loving and caring employer and friend and was like a brother to Wray; and a son, Jonathan Markham. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2018, at Hunting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Jones and Rev. Daniel Boone officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Kenneth Wayne Gibson

Gibson KennethKenneth Wayne Gibson, 72, of Natural Bridge, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018. He was born in Rockbridge County, on June 6, 1945, a son of the late Arthur Emory Gibson and Alice Clark Gibson. He is survived by his wife, Blanche Leona Gibson; his children, Sharon Chittum, Karen Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Steven Gibson, Terry Gibson, Barry Gibson, Debra Robinson; sisters, Joyce Wilcher, Betty Agee, Mary Rowsy, Faye Chittum; eighteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Church of God of Prophecy, Glasgow, VA with Rev. Lewis McDaniel officiating. A burial will follow in Natural Bridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Wesley Graham

James Wesley Graham, 85, of Bedford, died Saturday, April 28, 2018. He was born in Bedford on October 29, 1932, a son of the late George Wesley Graham and Marguerite Hardy Graham. Wesley was a U.S. Army veteran and a devoted member of the Epworth United Methodist Church. He was retired from the City of Salem as Director of the Water and Sewer Department. He is survived by his sisters, Elsie Graham Hatcher, Laura Graham Beniger and husband Rudolph (Ben); his special friend, Penny Carter; his nephews, Robin Hatcher, Mark Hatcher and wife, Caroline, Steven Beniger and wife, Tammy; his great-nephews, Orry Hatcher, John Hatcher, Todd Hatcher and wife, Kim, Cody Hatcher and Adam Beniger; his great-niece, Madelyn Beniger; his great-great nephews, Samuel Hatcher, and Logan Hatcher; other cousins, special friends, and family. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2018 at Epworth United Methodist Church with Rev. June Carpenter officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A private family burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider Epworth United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25 Thaxton, VA 24174 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Linda May Reardon Gamage

Gamge Linda 2Linda Reardon Gamage, 74, of Lynchburg, died Friday, April 27, 2018. She was born on August 10, 1943 in Pittsfield MA, a daughter of the late William Reardon and Mary Manship Reardon. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son, Keith Gamage; and a sister, Colleen Reardon. Linda loved to dance and listen to Christian music. She also looked forward to holidays and visits with her family; doting on her husband, children, and grandchildren. She made everyone who came to her home feel welcome and was always sure to have their favorite dish, which was most likely her famous homemade macaroni and cheese. But most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During her years in Maine she served as a Sunday school teacher and gave her time in Christian outreach. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Ronald Lee “Ron” Gamage; her children, Desiree Gentala and husband Luke, Deneen Sayers, Garrison Sayers, Kimberly Senecal and husband Scott, Jennifer Gibson and husband Casey; grandchildren, Madelyn Gentala, Steven Figler, Jessica Sayers, Adam Senecal, Allison Senecal, Myles Gibson; and brother, William Reardon. A funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Pastor Jon Dupin officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Jack Harold Trittipoe

Trittipoe JackJack H. Trittipoe, 92, went to be with his loving Savior on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. He was originally from Joliet, Il, but resided in Carrollton, VA, for the last 30 years. Jack was born on June 22, 1925, to George and Alma Trittipoe. He graduated from Joliet Central High School in 1943. After high school, he joined the Army Air Corps - although he didn't rank very high because of mischief. He was once demoted for riding through an Army base gate without stopping while standing on the seat of his motorcycle. Another time he landed his airplane in a cow pasture to meet his sweetheart - in the middle of training. After his military career ended, he married Patricia Cartwright, also of Joliet. They were married for 60 years, united by their love of Christ. Tish went to be with the Lord in August of 2008. He attended University of Arkansas, class of 1950, where he majored in zoology. In his first post-college job at Globe Aircraft, he was asked if he knew how to draft. Having taken a single drafting class in high school, he replied yes, which led to a 30 year career as a design engineer for Caterpillar Tractor. He was awarded 7 patents involving hydraulic design on earth-moving equipment. He was able to retire at age 58. Jack and Patricia were active in Ridgewood Baptist Church in Joliet where he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher, and youth leader. After retirement, Jack and Tish moved to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and became actively involved at Liberty Baptist Church. He continued to teach Sunday School until age 90 and was proudly involved in Liberty Builders. He used his gift of evangelism and passion for the gospel to spread God's love on various mission trips. He continued his lifelong hobbies of car tinkering and motorcycle riding. Jack rode his motorcycle up until 8 months prior to his death. On his 90th birthday he was able to take the controls of a 1945 Stearman Biplane trainer aircraft, the same type he trained pilots in during WWII. Jack is preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife. He is survived by his sister, JoAnn Fellman of Chanhassen, MN; three children, Jacqueline Vollmer (Ron) of Stockton, CA, Gary Trittipoe (Rebekah) of Bedford, VA, and Joy Hartman (Allen), of Louisa, Va. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Brenda Cheary, Kimberly Guevara, Caleb Trittipoe, Seth Trittipoe, Kerry Hartman, and Cheyenne Hartman; six great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 11am at Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Liberty University. Send to Rebekah Trittipoe, FCA Women's Chaplain, Liberty University, 1971 University Blvd, LAC #2780, Lynchburg, VA 24515, or donate online at https://my.fca.org/rebekahtrittipoe Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, is assisting the family.

James Everette Heck

James Everette Heck, 73, of Thaxton, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018. He was born in Bedford County on May 5, 1944, a son of the late Otto Thomas Heck and Magdaline Orange Heck. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by brothers, Marvin, Otey, Andrew, and George Heck; sisters, Lula Dooley, Violet, Mary, and Josephine Heck. He is survived by his son, James “Darryl” Heck and wife Dreama; step-granddaughter, Jessica Saunders; brother, Ray Heck and wife Mary; sisters, Pauline St. Clair, Faye Carter and husband Tommy, Mildred Carter and husband Obie; special friend, Kelly Mitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. A burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Terry Lynn Shackelford Anderson

Anderson TerryTerry Shackelford Anderson, 61, of Bedford died Monday, April 2, 2018. She was born in Virginia Beach, VA on June 16, 1956, a daughter of the late Charlie Shackelford and Ruth Hedrick Shackelford. Terry loved her cats and would appreciate any donations to help Bedford Humane Society. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Chad Anderson; brothers, Ronnie Shackelford and wife, Sarah, David Shackelford; special friends including, Doris Seal, Karen Carter; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. A burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Alan Collins Pipkin, Jr.

Pipkin AlanAlan Collins Pipkin, Jr., 75, of Bedford, died Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was born in Austin, TX on February 25, 1943, a son of the late, Dr. Alan Collins Pipkin, Sr. and Dr. Sarah Craven Bedichek Pipkin. Alan was retired from the Treasury Department and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was devoted to his grandparents; Roy Bedicheck who was a Texas educator, naturalist and humorist and Lillian Lee Bedichek who was an educator and linguist. Alan was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother; Survived by his wife, Louise Carroll Pipkin; two daughters, Genevieve Waugerman and husband, Christopher; Amelia Masterson and husband, Jonathan; four grandchildren, Taylor Waugerman, Emma Masterson, Ella Masterson and Wyatt Masterson; two brothers, George Pipkin and wife, Barbara Strauss; Roy Pipkin. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 314 N. Bridge Street, with the Rev. F. Wilson Brown officiating. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Building Fund, 314 N. Bridge Street Bedford, VA 24522 or Bedford Hospice Care, 1621 Whitfield Drive # C, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robert George "Bob" Dellavalle-Rauth

Rauth Robert 2Robert George "Bob" Dellavalle-Rauth, Bob was born April 10, 1926 in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn, New York to Ida Josephine Schubert and William Sylvester Rauth. He died quietly at his home on March 28 in the arms of his loving wife Adele. Bob graduated from Brooklyn Tech in 1944 and earned his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1951; retired from RCA in 1985 and moved to Virginia. He served with the Navy during WW11 on Adak in the Aleutian Islands. The event of Vatican Council 11 (1962-65) was a catalyst for Bob and fueled his peace and justice activism for the rest of his life. He was inspired, in 1990 to go to the impoverished country of Haiti, which he always said was a life changing experience. He learned Haitian Kreyol, is today beloved by the people, and because of speaking out, often prophetically, earned the nickname “Advocacy Bob”. He has been involved in many peace actions throughout the US and was especially proud of being arrested in 1995 at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site for nonviolent conscientious objection to war and nuclear weapons. By this time, the team of Bob and Adele were known for such adventures. Activism, sparked by love, was the hallmark of their marriage. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Sally, his son Ken and his brother Ed. Bob is survived by his wife Adele, his daughter Karyn Teeter, his sister Trudy Taylor, daughter-in-law Diana Rauth, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous cousins. Bob’s passion to put those who suffer globally at the top of his priorities was never at the expense of devotion to his family. His practice was to call each family member every single week. He simply embraced the world with his vision for peace. He had a great sense of humor and was deeply loved by many. There will never be another like Bob. Bob was a faithful member of Resurrection Church where he will be remembered for founding the parish Haiti Mission. A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, April 3 at Resurrection Catholic Church, Moneta, Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass presided by Msgr. Joe Lehman at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers checks may be written to Resurrection for the mission supported by Bob in Haiti, SAKALA (www.sakala-haiti.org). Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, (540) 586-7360.

Stephen Clark Miller, Sr.

Stephen Clark Miller, Sr., 70, of Moneta, died Sunday, March 25, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Antoinette Murphy Miller. 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.