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Obituaries

Grady Odell Manley Massie

Massie GradieGradie Manley Massie, 90, of Bedford Va. died peacefully, Tuesday morning, December 11, 2018.  She was born in Big Island Va. on December 3, 1928, a daughter of the late, Micajah Renard Manley and Lula Essex Gillispie Manley.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Royal Massie; and her great-grandson, Jordon Parker; and son-in-law Rick Howard. Gradie was a loving wife and a good mother to her four daughters, Karen Howard; Sherry Obenchain (Richard); Brenda Parker (Dennis); Patty Zimmerman (Tim); eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Gradie was retired from Piedmont Label. She was an avid sports enthusiast, playing Rec league softball. She eventually formed her own softball and basketball teams under the logo Massie Bros. Gradie later spent many years refereeing youth sports. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Big Island Emergency Crew or the Bedford Life Saving Crew.  The family will receive friends from 5 till 7 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2018 at Burch-Messier, Main Street Location, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Bruce Gross

Gross JamesJames B. Gross, 80, of Sedalia, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018, at his home after a long battle with cancer.  Jim was born July 30, 1938, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, son of the late Carl and Bessie (Siegfried) Gross. Jim graduated from Jeannette High School and then served in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  While working full time, he attended Villanova University at night and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He was employed as an engineer, and later a sales engineer, by various companies during his professional career.  He specialized in materials testing, and his employment took him to Massachusetts, California, and England.  He eventually retired from the Long Beach, California, sales office of Instron Corp and moved to Sedalia to build his own home.  Jim made friends easily and was a consummate storyteller.  He enjoyed using his mechanical skills to help his friends, neighbors, and family. His ability to repair things even surpassed his wife's talent for breaking them. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by brothers Raymond, Harry, Robert, and Carl Gross, and sisters Ruth Rager, Mary Taddeo, and Norma Rutledge.  He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jane, as well as a sister, Nelda Kozinko of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and brothers Donald of Hackettstown, New Jersey, and Bill and his wife, Carolyn, of Stow, Ohio, as well as many nieces and nephews. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Burch-Messier Funeral and Cremation Service.

Christina Sue Goff Nichols

Nichols CChristina Sue Goff Nichols, 53, died Friday, December 7, 2018. She was born in Bedford County on December 19, 1964 a daughter of Christine Goff and the late Sydney Goff. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Nichols, Jr. In addition to her mother she is survived by her daughter, Melissa Carter (Ben Gillis); step-daughter, Melissa Matchett; brothers, Tim Goff (Bonnie), George Goff (Nancy); grandchildren, Madilyn Gillis, Savannah Parker, Dallas Parker; nieces, nephews, and other family members. A visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 135 Walnut Street, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

James Earl "Jimmy" Foster Jr.

Foster JamesJames Earl Foster, Jr., 72, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018.  Jimmy was born in Bedford, Virginia on August 24, 1946, a son of the late James Earl Foster, Sr. and the late Marvis Turpin Walker. He graduated in the first class of Liberty High School where his football teammates called him “Hoss” Foster.  During the Vietnam War, Jimmy served as a medic in the U.S. Army stationed in Italy.  After his honorable discharge he earned an apprentice degree from Meredith Burda. Jimmy entered the printing industry and enjoyed a 40+ year career. He leaves four children to honor his memory, Heather F. Garrett (Carter), James Earl “Spike” Foster, III (Karen), Erik Mitchell Foster (Caitlin) and Lucas Graham Foster; four grandchildren, Foster, Lucienne, Greyson and Odessa; a sister, Carol F. Kutz (Warren), brothers, Jack V. Foster (Mary Lou) and John Wayne Foster; nieces, Theresa Overstreet (David), Vicky Wolford (Bobby), Tammy Overstreet (Paul), Cassie Bush (Ryan), Kecia Purser (David); and the mothers of his children, Katherine Updike and Deborah Nance. Jimmy dedicated a huge chapter of his life to helping people in Alcoholics Anonymous, through the prison ministry, sponsoring and speaking at numerous meetings.  It was a gift for him as well as those he touched. Jimmy’s children would like to thank Carol and Warren Kutz for taking care of Jimmy the final year of his life.  They were a true blessing to him. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Safe Harbor Community Church building fund, 800 Peaksview Street, Bedford, VA 24523. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2018, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Rev. Jerry Parr officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Wayne Stanley

Stanley Benjamin WayneBenjamin Wayne Stanley passed from this life Thursday December 6, 2018 at Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital from Heart Disease. He battled two types of cancer for 19 years. Born December 31, 1946 in Bedford, Virginia at the John Russell Hospital, a son of the late David Richard Lee Stanley and Ollie Belle Stevens Stanley. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lee Stanley. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorine Artrip Davis Stanley of Bedford, VA; daughter’s, Lindsey Ann Stanley of Bedford, Alice Katherine (Kitty) Stanley Scofield and husband Greg of Tallahassee, Florida, son, Anthony Wayne (Tony) Stanley and wife Kelly- De Funiak of Springs, Florida, step–children, Jennifer Davis Dooley and husband Adam of Thaxton, VA; others, James Campbell, Shirley Campbell of Madison Heights, VA, Jay Campbell of Goode, VA.; grandchildren, Dakota Wayne Stanley, Virginia Elizabeth (Beth) Hammonds and husband Jacob, Westley Scofield and wife Sabrina, Breanna Dooley and Nathan Dooley; three great- grandchildren, Lacey, Annabelle and Paisley Scofieldy; brothers, David William Stanley and wife Frances, Kenneth Ray Stanley and wife Karen; sister, Genevieve S W Humphreys and husband Bob, all of Bedford, VA; dedicated brother-in-law, Rusty Robertson and wife Janice; mother-in-law, Dorothy Artrip, of Forest, VA; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins for whom he loved. Wayne worked for Rubatex Corp for twenty years and retired from Wheelabrator Abrasives as a Furnace Operator after nine years. He had a quiet spirit, loved the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoyed church attendance when his health allowed. He also had a big heart for animals and enjoyed helping to do farm work and going fishing and hunting.  His grandchildren called him “Paw, Paw”! He often said,” Where is my “Little buddy” speaking of Nathan if he could not see him. He was stubborn and that became the strength he had to have in order to rise above the difficulties of his illnesses.  One of his medical doctors said, “Not many men could endure what he had to go through daily for these many years.” The love for his family made him push harder. A big “Thank You “goes to Centra Physicians and Nursing Staff of Lynchburg General and Bedford Memorial Hospitals plus the Oakwood Rehab and Rehabilitation Floor. Special thanks to Dr. Emily Jenkins of the Pearson Cancer Center and Nurse Amy…No Cancer! There will be a” Celebration of Life “service Monday, December 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM, Bedford Baptist Church with Dr. David Henderson officiating.  There will be a time of fellowship immediately following the service at the church with cake and ice cream with refreshments. There will be a private Internment of the Cremains at a later date. Cremation by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA, 540-586-7360.

Phyllis Ann Dobyns Breedlove

Breedlove PhyllisPhyllis Dobyns Breedlove, 76, of Big Island, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, December 2, 2018. She was born in Salem, VA on June 22, 1942, a daughter of the late Paul Dobyns Sr. and Gladys Mays Dobyns. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Dobyns, Jr. and Allen Frazier Dobyns. She was the devoted wife of John Charles Breedlove for 60 years; her children, Stephen A. Breedlove (Judy Reynolds), Lynn A. Breedlove (Beth), Pam B. Williams (Bob), Terry P. Breedlove (Rhonda), Timothy W. Breedlove (Stephanie); ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Wood, Peggy Dobyns, Ceal Chapman (David); and brother, Terry Dobyns (Linda). A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Samuel F. Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. There will be a covered dish meal immediately following the interment. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Catherine Trent Hickman

Hickman Mary 2Mary Trent Hickman, 78, of Bedford, died Saturday, December 1, 2018. She was born in Bedford on July 24, 1940, a daughter of the late Carl Edward Trent and Edna Powell Trent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eithel O. “Rat” Hickman; a grandson, Steven Lewis Wright; three brothers, James Trent, Harry Lee Trent and Johnny Trent; two sisters, Bonnie Ducharme and Ann Waldron. Mary was a member of Peaks View Christian Church where she took care of the babies in the nursery and she loved them all. She also cooked for Bedford Christian Ministries. She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia King (Jack) of Hurt, VA; sister, Marie Brownley (Steve) of Chesapeake, VA; great-grandson, Keane Lewis Wright of Roanoke, VA; special niece, Sonya Overstreet Jenson of Rustburg, VA; sister and brother-in-law’s; and nieces and nephews that she loved. She was Nana to four special grand-children of the heart, Austin, Keira, Maddox, and Allie St. Clair. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Peaks View Christian Church, 1604 Moneta Rd.  Bedford, VA  24523. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Peaks View Christian Church with Pastor Ricky St. Clair officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robert Bowen Carpenter, Jr.

Carpenter RobertRobert Bowen Carpenter, Jr. claimed the promise of resurrection on November 28, 2018 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the son of the late Robert B. Carpenter, Sr. and Louise Cureton Carpenter. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cathcart Carpenter; his son, David Randolph Carpenter; and his sister, Hester Louise Carpenter. He is survived by his daughters, Lee C. Harizanoff (Chris Dahm), Catherine C. Bear (Joseph) and June C. Carpenter; as well as six grandchildren, Laura McGrory (Mike), Joseph, Michael (Kailyn), Brian and Robert Bear, Joshua Carpenter; and four great-grandchildren. A graduate of Clemson University, Bob worked for English Construction Company retiring as a Vice President after over fifty years. He served the town of Altavista as Planning Commission Chairman for over fifty years and was awarded the Altavista Outstanding Citizen. He was active in the United Methodist Church serving as Lynchburg District and Virginia Conference Lay Leader. He attended multiple General Conferences. Bob was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Thaxton, VA and the recipient of the first Harry Denman Award for Evangelism in the United Methodist Church. Bob was a Mason, an Eagle Scout, and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. In 1937, he traveled to the Netherlands for the Boy Scout World Jamboree. Bob served his country in World War II and helped liberate the first concentration camp. He was a member of the VFW. He was a life long lover of anything related to trains and was a member of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors on the MICU, Pulmonary Unit and Palliative Care at Lynchburg General Hospital for their loving and competent care. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018 at Lane Memorial United Methodist Church, 1201 Bedford Avenue, Altavista, VA with Rev. Marci Huntsman and Rev. Ben Horrocks officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Internment will be in Green Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lane Memorial United Methodist Church, 1201, Bedford Avenue, Altavista, VA 24517. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Frank Edward Padgett

Padgett FrankFrank Edward Padgett, 63, of Bedford, died Sunday, November 25, 2018. He was born in Bedford on September 24, 1955, a son of the late Clyde Edward Padgett and Gracie May Zimmerman Padgett. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Mary Ann Johnson. Frank was owner and operator of Frank’s Super Shine. Frank is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dr. Lora Padgett; two brothers, Jerry Wayne “Butch” Padgett and Bobby L. Padgett; a niece, Tracy Waechter; and nephew, Chris Padgett; great-nephews and niece, Cameron Padgett, Dakota Padgett and Kaylee Waechter; his father-in-law, Floyd Jasper Johnson and his wife, Thelma; and numerous other nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street with Rev. Dr. David L. Henderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric Rd. #106, Roanoke, VA. 24018. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Joe Morris Parker

Parker JoeJoe Morris Parker, 83, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 24, 2018. He was born in Bedford, VA on January 4, 1935, a son of the late Wilmer Lucas Parker and Ester Overstreet Parker. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Lucas Parker; sister, Josephine Parker Agee; and half-sister, Brenda Orange Bowyer. Joe is survived by his half-sister, Bonnie Bowman; niece, Susie Fulton and husband Robert; nephews, Rickie Agee and wife Kim, Marty Agee and wife Kelly; and numerous other family and friends. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Bedford Church of God, with Rev. David Scott and Rev. Geoff Hubbard officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.