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Obituaries

Dorothy Katherine Woods Pope

Pope Katherine 2Dorothy “Katherine” Woods Pope, 73, of Bedford, died Thursday, March 22, 2018. She was born in Pike County, Kentucky on October 19, 1944, a daughter of the late Hester Basil Woods and Theresa Scalf Woods. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother, Keither Raymond Woods. Katherine was the owner of Bedford Restaurant. She is survived by her children, Terri Miller, Michael Waller, Richard Todd Waller; sisters, Mavis Woods Dinwiddie and husband Neal, Brenda Woods Eubanks and husband Ronnie; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robert Wesley Porter

Robert Wesley Porter, 55, of Lynchburg, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on February 27, 1963, a son of JoEllen Purtle Porter and the late Robert Hurt Porter, Jr. In addition to his mother he is survived by a daughter, Kendra Porter; son, Anthony Porter; brother, Chris Porter; and grandchildren, Tristen, Jaycelyn, and Haven Campbell. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ann Elizabeth Jayne Mayhue

Mayhue AnnAnn Mayhue, 67, of Boones Mill, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Nelson Jayne and Grace Davis Jayne.  Ann is survived by her husband, Jerry Mayhue; son, Jason Mayhue and wife Lindsay; daughter, Lisa Bivens and husband Larry; daughter, Amber Mayhue and Micah Almond; grandchildren, Aidan, Adison, and Logan.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ann Mayhue may be made to Ann Mayhue Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 468 Boones Mill, VA 24065, with the proceeds going to the numerous charities that she supported.  A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Orchard Hills Church, 6032 Cloverdale Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA. 540-586-7360.

Frank Michael Fiaschetti

Frank Michael Fiaschetti, age 87, went to be with his Heavenly Father on March 8, 2018. He passed peacefully at Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on August 18, 1930 to Frank and Carmella (Manfred) Fiaschetti in Norwalk, CT. Frank retired from his Sales Manager position after 38 years at Nash Engineering in Norwalk, CT. For many years, he enjoyed playing with the Nash Engineering softball team, first as pitcher and later as team manager. He enjoyed flying in his Grumman Tiger aircraft. During his retirement years, Frank had a broad range of interests. He built stone walls, cared for the birds from dozens of handmade nesting boxes and feeders, and was often seen driving his tractor while tending expansive gardens all around his country home. He was an amazing cook and loved to prepare meals from scratch, using his home grown produce. He took up woodworking and this became his passion. He crafted many fine pieces of furniture for his own home as well as special items for his children and grandchildren. For relaxation, Frank enjoyed rides on the Blue Ridge Mountains; and to keep life exciting, he took up skydiving at age 80. Frank accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1994. He loved the Lord and chose to use the talents God gave him to serve whenever he could. He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Helen (Hawley) Fiaschetti; six children, Keith (Debbie) Fiaschetti, Diane (Gary) Tyrrell, Janice Fiaschetti, Patti Kelly, David Fiaschetti, and Paul Fiaschetti, whom he shared with his former spouse, Beatrice Ransom; two step-children, Joan Mathews and James (Rhonda) Wright; eight grandchildren, Melanie Morales, Cheryl Ledford, Ryan Fiaschetti, Cindy Reese, Rachael Freeman, Kyle Fiaschetti, Megan Kelly, and Matthew Kelly; three step-grandchildren, Hannah Wright, Helen Mathews, and Jonathan Wright; four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, his church family, friends, neighbors, and of course, his constant canine companion, Bella. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Florence Buckley, Anthony Fiaschetti, Marie Ballas, and Lucille Lambertson. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all the caregivers, both at home and during Frank’s stay at Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center for their compassion and care. A private viewing for family was held on March 10, 2018 at Burch-Messier Funeral Home in Bedford, VA. A Celebration of Life service was held at Longwood Avenue Baptist Church in Bedford, on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bedford Christian Ministries, Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

India Ramsey Jacobs

Jacobs IndiaIndia Ramsey Jacobs, 61, of North Chesterfield, VA, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, after a hard fought yet incredibly short battle with cancer. She was born in Bedford County on July 12, 1956, a daughter of the late Curtis E. Ramsey and Barbara Niday Ramsey. India’s smile brightened any room she walked into. She never met a stranger and loved making people laugh and eat, she was an amazing cook. She loved traveling and spending time with her family. Her happy place was always on the beach. She will be remembered by her daughter, Stephanie Scott; son, Nick Jacobs (Stephanie); two grandchildren, Logan and Callie Jacobs; brothers, Randal Ramsey (Deborah), John Ramsey (Donna); and a multitude of extended family and friends. The family would like to thank the nurses at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital for their kindness and compassionate care of India over the last weeks of her life. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, at J.T. Morriss & Son Chester Chapel, 3050 W. Hundred Road, Chester, VA. 23831. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford, VA with Rev. Jonge Tate officiating. A burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park, 11490 Forest Road, Forest, VA. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Thomas Farrar Puckett, Jr.

Puckett ThomasThomas Farrar Puckett, Jr., 53, of Coeur d’Alene, ID, passed away on March 6, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on October 15, 1964, a son of Thomas Farrar Puckett, Sr. of Dillwyn, VA, and Frankie Lerner Puckett of Bedford, VA. Farrar is a graduate of Liberty High School and Flagler College in St. Augustine Florida. In addition to his parents he is survived by his children, Darby Puckett, Justice Puckett, Dalton Puckett; brothers, Mark Puckett and Ben Puckett both of Asheville, NC; and relatives in Lynchburg, VA. A Celebration of his life will be held 6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. He will be cremated and his cremains will be scattered by his family. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. Please reference notifications to be sent to the Puckett family, 1929 Airport Road, Moneta, VA 24121. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Marshall Charles "Sneaky" Dooley

Dooley MarshallMarshall Charles “Sneaky” Dooley, 70, of Montvale, died Saturday, March 3, 2018. He was born in West Virginia, on October 23, 1947, a son of the late Houston Hugert Dooley and Brenda Mundy Noel. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife, Debbie Bayse Dooley; his second wife, Geraldine Franklin Dooley; and brothers, Ernest Dooley and Barrington Dooley. “Sneaky” was a loving father, brother, and friend. He retired from Yokohama Tires after 35 years of service. He is survived by his three sons, Brad Dooley, Chad Dooley, Eric Dooley and wife, Brooklyn; granddaughter, Faith Dooley; sisters, Colleen Altice and husband Jan, Marlene Conner, Enid Pulle and husband Eric; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., on Friday, March 9, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. A burial will follow in Montvale Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Angelo James "Charlie" Basile

Basile AngeloAngelo James “Charlie” Basile, 99, of Huddleston, died Saturday, March 3, 2018. He was the son of the late Filippo Basile and Giovanna Famulara Basile. Angelo Basile lived a long, beautiful life. He was born in Brooklyn, NY during WW I, experienced Prohibition, the Great Depression and served his country in WW II. Angelo married his sweetheart, Mary and together they shared a love of family and their Italian traditions. Angelo was known for his workmanship and skill in anything he put his hands to; one of which was his beautiful stained glass work. He loved holidays, traditional food and family gatherings. Angelo loved sitting in his backyard with a beer in hand, sharing war stories with his family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and never shied away from making fun of himself. Angelo loved to recall humorous stories about growing up in lower Manhattan with his formidable grandmother. His final days were spent peacefully with his son, Philip and his wife Betty in the picturesque mountain country of Smith Mountain Lake, VA. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Sciarabba Basile; 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; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Resurrection will be said 11:00 a.m., on Friday, March 9, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA with Father Salvador Añonuevo officiating. A burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors. 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.

Robert Burton George

Robert Burton George, 77, of Lynchburg, died Saturday, March 3, 2018. He was born on October 9, 1940, a son of the late Robert Burton George Sr. and Ethel George Dameron. He retired from General Electric and Ericsson with 40 years of service. He is survived by his son, Burt George; Burt’s mother, Carole B. George; and his sister, Grenda G. Berkley and husband Bill. Per Robert’s wishes no services will be held. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.

Charles Rudolph Elkins

Charles Rudolph Elkins, 81, of Bedford, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018. He was born in Bedford County on May 5, 1936, a son of the late Rudolph Elkins and Ersel Virginia Miller Elkins. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Bobby, and Leo Elkins. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army and he was a farmer. He is survived by his son, Mark Elkins; granddaughter, Mikaela Elkins; grandson, Brandon Elkins; great-grandson, Kaiden Elkins; brother, Jerry Elkins and wife Betty; sisters, Dorothy Thomas and husband Russell, Vickie MacPherson, Penny Dooley and husband Jim, Marie Collins, Patty Witt; sisters-in-law, Shirley Elkins, Betty Wilson; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Crystal Bell. A Memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford, with Rev. Earl Ragland and Rev. Ray Lyons officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 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.