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Obituaries

Carol Faye Roark Valora

Valora CarolCarol Faye Roark Valora, 67, of Appomattox, died Sunday, February 17, 2019. She was born in Lunenburg County, VA on December 21, 1951 a daughter of the late Jessie Lincoln Roark and Myrtle Ray Roark. She is survived by her sons, Rodney Stephens, Wyatt Valora; daughters, Debra Humphreys, Victoria Valora; sisters, Evelyn Marler, Louise Hancock, Maxine Smith, Betty Roark; brothers, Earl Roark, Clarence Roark, Thurman Roark; thirteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Carol’s Cemetery, 6277 Bethany Road, Rustburg, VA with Rev. Mack Almond officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Myrtle Webster Wolford

Wolford MyrtleMyrtle Webster Wolford, 86, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on September 19, 1932, a daughter of the late William Lynwood New and Sally Zimmerman New. She is preceded in death by her sons, Donald Ray Webster, Mark Lowell Webster; sisters, Emma Holdren, Betty New; and brother, Larry New. She is survived by her loving husband, Bennie Wolford; daughter, Gina W. Sneed and husband Tim; daughters, Teresa Overstreet and husband David, Vicky Wolford and Bobby, Tammy Overstreet and husband Paul; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jennie Wilson and husband Melvin; numerous friends, nieces and nephews; and special caretaker, Betty Davis. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Rev. Carlton Duck officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Frances Virginia Ruff Stevens

Stevens FranFrances Virginia Ruff Stevens, 76, of Bedford died Friday, February 15, 2019. Fran was born in Bedford March 31, 1942 a daughter of the late Otis Ruff and Lillie Orange Ruff. In addition to her parents Fran was also preceded in death by one brother Arthur B. Ruff; two sisters Margaret Ruff Overstreet, Doris Ruff Dooley. Fran worked for Rubatex for 34 years and she was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed being with her family. Fran is survived by her husband of 50 years Harry Gene Stevens; one son Reggie Stevens; one step-son Byran Stevens; one sister Myrtle Ruff Phillips; and numerous other family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Pastor Earl Ragland officiating. Burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, at Burch Messier Walnut Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers, it is the family wishes that you please consider St Jude Children’s Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Burch Messier Funeral Home (540-586-7360) is assisting the family. 

Judith Gale Webb Johns

Johns JudithJudith Webb Johns, 66, of Lynchburg passed away Monday 2-11-19, peacefully at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Webb, sister to the late Kenneth Webb, survived by sister Joyce Bradel (Robert), children Lois Camden (Tracy), Gene Evans (Holly), grandchildren Lauren, Jessica, Sammy Jo and Heath, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. At her request, a funeral service will not be held.  The immediate family will honor her memory and her requests in a future celebration of life.  

Stewart Winston Chapman Jr.

Chapman WinstonStewart Winston Chapman, Jr., of Bedford, VA ran off into the sunset to be reunited with his creator on February 6, 2019. Winston grew up in Charlottesville, the son of the late Stewart Winston Chapman and Joan Adams Chapman. He was a 1970 graduate of Lane High School and he attended the Medical College of Virginia at VCU, where he met his future wife, and graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Pharmacy. He lived his adult life in Bedford, VA where he practiced Pharmacy for thirty-six years, initially at Green’s Drug Store and later at Moneta Pharmacy, which he co-owned with his wife. Winston was a real nature lover and spent much of his life engaged in activities such as running, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, and kite flying. Although he never mastered his beloved cello, he greatly enjoyed music and sang in the choir at Bedford Presbyterian Church for many years. A man with an unusual sense of humor, Winston believed laughter was a tonic for life. Left behind to carry on are his wife of 42 ½ years, Georgia Fisher Chapman; his daughter and acquired son, Betty Joan “Beejay” Alexander and husband, Matt; a brother, Harry Page Chapman; a sister, Marion C. Dudley; and a host of family and friends. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019, at Bedford Presbyterian Church with The Rev. John T. Salley and The Rev. Loren Tate Mitchell presiding. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers memorial can be made to Bedford Presbyterian Church, 105 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Anne Clare Stanton Radle

Radle Anne 1Anne Clare Stanton Radle, 84, of Hurt, VA, formerly of Huddleston, VA died Friday, February 1, 2019. She was born in The Bronx, NY on September 15, 1934 of Irish Immigrants, the daughter of the late Thomas Stanton and Kathleen Goulding Stanton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Joseph Bernard Radle; daughter, Anne Derrick; sisters, Kathleen Dalton and Eileen Allmier. Anne was an active child; jumping rope, playing tag, stickball, roller-skating, during WWII: air raid drills, blackouts rationing, radio updates and victory. She was a graduate of Walton High School in NYC; an avid reader, student- swimmer, walker, gardener and volunteer.  She met the love of her life Joseph Radle, while roller skating.  They lived a life of adventure, sailing from Long Island Sound to Smith Mountain Lake, VA and enjoyed traveling. She loved Jesus and was a faithful wife, mom, sister, friend, and teacher. She is survived by her sisters, Noreen Frey of Ridge, NY and Patricia Bendelow  of Fuquay-Varina, NC, sons, Joseph Radle and wife, Monica of Tacoma, WA, Daniel Radle and wife, Dawn of Ridge, NY, Stephen Radle and wife, Melissa of New Port Richey, FL; son-in-law, Andrew Derrick of Hurt, VA; grandchildren, David Sandidge, Krystal Krumer, Daniel Radle, Carolyn Radle, Benjamin Radle, Noah Radle, Hannah Beth Derrick, Samuel Derrick, Joseph Derrick; great grandchildren, David Sandidge Jr., Bella Sandidge, and many loving nieces and nephews. A Mass of Resurrection will be said at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA with Father Jim Gallagher and Deacon Chris Barrett officiating. Following the interment in the church cemetery, there will be a reception in Morrow Hall. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Michael Gary "Mike" Sloan

Sloan Mike 2Michael “Mike” Gary Sloan, 67, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday January 29, 2019 with his family and beloved dog, Zoe, by his side.Mike was born to William and Agnes Sloan on June 21, 1951 in Roanoke. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ellen; their three children, Marlena, Will, and Maggee; three grandchildren, Dustin, Sterling, and Palmer, and his two sisters, Patsy Ray and Nancy Daniel and their families. He was preceded in death by William Sloan, his father, and Agnes Sloan, his mother. His children and grandchildren remember him as a patient, strong, gentle, and loving man. Michael was passionate about sports, especially the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Virginia Cavaliers and the Liberty High School Minutemen. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and enjoyed being an active part of the congregation. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Trinity Baptist Church, 947 Lyle Street, Bedford, with Rev. Vernon DeLong officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Trinity Baptist Church Benevolent Fund. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Marie Faye Markham Hughes

Hughes MarieMarie Faye Markham Hughes, 78, of Big Island, died Saturday, January 26, 2019. She was born in Lynchburg, VA on May 18, 1940 a daughter of the late Leonard Thomas Markham and Ola Wilson Markham Smith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Gene Mitchell, Sr. and her second husband George William Hughes, Jr.; two brothers, Frank Markham, Lewis Markham; sister, Edith Mitchell and her husband, Cary; niece, Ola Michelle Markham; and nephew, Kevin Andrew Mitchell. She was retired from Rubatex and was a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church, Chestnut Hill Free Will Baptist Ladies Auxiliary, and the Recycle Team. She is survived by her son, Kenneth G. Mitchell II; daughters, Jeanne Marie Watson and husband Christopher, Connie Nicely and husband Vincent; grandchildren, Timothy Laughlin and wife Tammy, Terry Laughlin and wife Sarah, Katherine Watson, Amanda Watson, Aaron Nicely, Ashley Nicely; great-grandchildren, TyLee Laughlin, Chase Laughlin, Hailey Laughlin, and Cody Ouellette; two sisters, Delores “Punkin” Wilson and husband, Riley, Barbara Campbell and husband, Brent; brother, Ernest “Blue” Markham and wife, Emma Jean; sister-in-law, Bessie Markham Christian and husband, Ray; many friends, nieces, and nephews. The family would like to thank Cardinal Senior Living for their care of their mom. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Bledsoe officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends for a time of gathering and food following the services in the church fellowship hall. People are encouraged to bring a covered dish to the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Tammy May O'Neill

tammyTammy May O’Neill, 51, of Bedford, died Monday, January 21, 2019. She was born in Wilmington, DE on May 15, 1967, a daughter of John Daniel O’Neill and Andrea Petine O’Neill. Tammy was an RN at Heartland Hospice. She loved her job as a nurse and being able to help others. She was a special woman and so full of life and she did everything she could to make the people around her feel very loved.  Tammy loved the New York Rangers, her cats and dogs, and will be missed by her children and so many others. In addition to her parents she is survived by a daughter, Maran O’Neill; three sons, Patrick Catalano, Devin O’Neill, and Ryan Skorupski; brother, Thomas O’Neill; sister, Traci O’Neill; and her boyfriend, Gerry Lacy. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation for her children, c/o Maran O’Neill, 1676 Fiddler Creek Road, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Jason Paul Lutz

Lutz Jason 1Jason Paul Lutz, 40, of Bedford, died Wednesday, January, 16, 2019. He was born in North Dakota on January 17, 1978 a son of Steven Lutz and the late Jerrie Bledsoe Giannotti. In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by an infant baby of Jason Lutz and Ashley Witt. Jason proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army where he served two tours in Iraq. He was a wonderful father to his daughter. He was smart, loving, and was a man of courage, bravery, and integrity. In addition to his father he is survived by his fiancée, Ashley Witt; daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Lutz; brothers, Michael Rogers and wife Chelsea, David Rogers, Dusty Lutz and wife Laura; step-father, Dan Giannotti; and numerous other family and friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church, 924 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, VA with Rev. Daniel Smith officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.