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Obituaries

Betty Lee Howard Johnson

Johnson BettyBetty Lee Howard Johnson, 82, of Bedford, died Monday, October 15, 2018. She was born in Bedford, VA on December 12, 1935, a daughter of the late Raymond Walker Howard and Kathleen Gibbs Howard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Johnson; a brother, James Henry Howard; and sister-in-law, Vina St. Clair. Betty was a long time registered nurse with Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital and a member of Bedford Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Jeffrey A. Johnson; daughters, Lynda J. Davenport and husband Jimmy, Robin J. Bivona and husband Troy; grandchildren, Michael E. Gleason, Carrie Kathleen Gleason, Jayme Lee Davenport; sister-in-law, Madeline Howard, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, with Chaplain Darren Miller officiating. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to American Heart Association or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

June Carolyn Jeffrey Martin

Martin June CarolynJune Carolyn Jeffrey Martin, 78, of Bedford, formally of West Virginia, died Sunday, October 14, 2018. She was born in West Virginia August 27, 1940 a daughter of the late Wayne Jeffery and Money Cook Jeffery. Carolyn was also preceded in death by her sister Judy Mathis. Carolyn is survived by her daughter Michele Morgan (Chuck); two grandchildren Matt Morgan (Alley), Lauren Morgan; sister, Hope Birley (Gary); brother Paul Jeffery (Barbara); sister Ann Parker (Bill); and numerous other family. The family would like to thank the staff at Centra Hospice for their loving care of their Mother and Grandmother. Burch Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.

Patricia Kowall Amoroso

Amoroso PatriciaPatricia Kowall Amoroso, 82, of Moneta, died Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Lewis-Gale Hospital. She was born in Donora, PA on November 8, 1935 a daughter of the late Walter Kowall and Violet Jablecki Kowall. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, David Amoroso; two sisters, Camille Gaskill and Barbara Kowall. Pat was a retired high school math teacher and a active member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, where she chaired the Worship Committee for many years and participated in several other ministries. She is survived by her husband, of 60 years, Frank Anthony Amoroso; as well as three daughters, Kathy Harris and husband, Steve, Kris Sallade and husband, Doug, Lynn Davies and husband, Scott; seven grandchildren, Andrew Harris and his wife, Becky; Lauren Harris, Matthew Harris, Jason Sallade, Sam Davies, Ben Sallade and Megan Davies; a sister, Louise Kowall; three brothers, Bill Kowall, Sam Kowall and Jack Kowall; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m., at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, VA 24121 with Father Salvador Añonuevo celebrating.  Family will recieve friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flower memorials may be made to Catholic Relief Services or Lake Christian Ministries. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Dalmase James Goff Sr.

Goff DelmaseDalmase James Goff, Sr. “High Gear Pops”, 72 of Big Island died Saturday, October 13, 2018. He was born in Bedford on April 26, 1946, a son of the late Owen Silas Goff and Ruth Ellen Wilson Goff Robertson. He was retired from Georgia Pacific. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Dalmase is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jane Moss Goff; a son, Dalmase J. Goff, Jr. and his wife, Christy and their children, Chase Owen Goff and Cole Wyatt Goff; two daughters, Dale Ruff and husband, Douglas; and Tammy Goff; his sisters and brothers, Elsie Andrews, Lawrence Goff and wife, Edna, Patricia Pederson and husband, Arvid, Jeanette Goff and Ted Goff; many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, October 17, 2018 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street with a memorial service beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. William Clark officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Robert Kyle Poole

 

Robert Kyle “Bobby” Poole II, 60, of Bedford, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, October 7, 2018. He was born in Roanoke, VA on September 18, 1958, a son of Faye Jackson Poole and the late William Keller Poole.Bobby provided services to the public in nearly every aspect of the retail automobile business in the Roanoke and Lynchburg area for over 42 years. He was a communicant of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 26 years, Pamela Kelly Poole; daughter, Kelly Poole; sisters, Gail Zimmerman, Lecia Bohon; brothers, Keller Poole, Jr., and Jeff Poole. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, October 12, 2018, at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church withFather Salvador Añonuevo officiating. A burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, at the church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Virginia Gay Hale Witt

Witt VirginiaVirginia Gay Hale Witt, 72, of Thaxton, died Friday, October 05, 2018. She was born in Salem, VA on April 19, 1946, a daughter of the late Ellis William Hale and Margaret Correll Hale. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Moorman Davis Witt, Sr.; sisters, Frances Gillespie, Mildred Moore, Lucy Brizendine; and brother, Paul Hale. Virginia is survived by her son, Pete Switzer (Ann); daughters, Debbie McCullough (George), Glenna Delp (Terry Early); grandchildren, Matthew McCullough, Joanie Mason, Matthew Switzer, Kimberly Switzer, Ashley Phillips, Victoria Early; great-grandchildren, Kyndale Board, Kaitlyn Board, Lexie Mason, Hope Phillips, Ethan Cox, Evyn Phillips, Alyssa McCullough, Cameron Kimberlyn; sisters, Mamie Austin, Rose Dooley, Charlotte Brizendine; and brothers, Arthur Hale, Lee Hale, and Ralph Hale. “Lovey do”. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Chaplain Brown officiating. A visitation will be held from 12:00 Noon until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Centra Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Ronald Calvin "Ron" Rafferty

Ronald Calvin “Ron” Rafferty, 89, of Lynchburg, passed away on October 1, 2018 at The Elms of Lynchburg. He was born in Campbell County, on February 4, 1929, a son of the late Herman and Cassie Rafferty. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Doris Rafferty; his brother, Michael Rafferty; and his daughters, Debra Driskill and Rhonda Harm. Ronald retired from A.H. Robbins (formally Chapstick). Ron is survived by his son, Dennis Rafferty and wife Wendy of Lynchburg; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are left to cherish his memory. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at The Elms of Lynchburg and Centra Hospice for their excellent care. Honoring Ronald’s wishes there will be no service. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.

Janey Dolly Driskall Wright

Wright Janet20181001 15001431Janet Dolly Driskill Wright, 86 of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully, Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Heartland Nursing Home. She was born in Lynchburg on December 20, 1931, a daughter of the late Samuel Berkley Driskill and Della Steele Driskill. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth and Berkley Driskill. She is survived by her husband, of 67 years, Otis Henry Wright; three sons, Randy Wright, Steve Wright and Brian Wright and his wife, Toni; six grandchildren, Lee Wright, Cody Wright, Bobbie Ramsey, Ashley Irish, Jake Wright, and including her predeceased, grandson, Adam Wright in heaven; two sisters, Joyce Knight and Barbara Almond. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Janet, please consider helping a family in need during this upcoming Holiday Season. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Clarence William Barbour

Clarence William Barbour, 70, of Gretna, died Saturday, September 29, 2018. He was born on July 24, 1948 in Altavista, VA, a son of the late Clyde Barbour and Delma Ridgeway Barbour. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Harold Barbour. He is survived by his wife, Cecile Rowland Barbour; and numerous other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family.

Robert Joseph Burke

Burke Robert 2Robert (Bob) Joseph Burke, born November 7, 1930, went to eternal rest on September 27, 2018.  Bob was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Mary Agnes, his wife Joan (Carroll) of 57 years, and his brothers John, Mark, William, Joseph, and Edward. He is survived by his sister, Marie; nephews and nieces, Kevin, Karen, Barbara, Joanne, Jackie, Mark, Paul, Anthony, James, Brian, Wayne, Sean and Colin;  grand-uncle to Lucas, Jake, Maille-Rose, Colman, Noah, Catherine, Alison, Jonathan and Lauren; and great-grand-uncle to Kason, Taylor, Chase, and Carter. Served in the U.S. Army in Germany after WWII as a mechanic and told stories of his friendship with a local family.  He excelled in construction where he quickly worked his way up the ranks to ultimately being Superintendent responsible for the construction of several large buildings at the same time.  His proudest achievement was as Chief Foreman responsible for the construction of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Trenton, NJ, at the age of 29.  The previous structure was destroyed by fire in 1956 and the replacement was completed in 1959.  The cathedral has a 98-foot tall tower, holding the repaired 10 bells and clock of the former cathedral tower.  Also from the former cathedral are the bronze doors and parts of the original stained glass windows. He was responsible for many other construction projects.  When told he should write a book of his experiences, he replied, “You’d never believe it.” Quick to give boat rides to his nieces/nephews in Forked River, NJ or Smith Mtn. Lake, VA.  He loved animals, and couldn’t resist aiding a stray or animals in the wild.  For most of his life, he was young at heart, organizing the neighborhood beach party, quick with humor (“Flunk out now and avoid the June rush”) and an impish grin.  He would give the shirt off his back.  The loss of his wife was a severe blow to him, but he willed to live to the end. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. before Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, VA.  Interment will follow afterwards. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for donations to be sent to Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR), P.O. Box 96409, Washington, D.C. 20090-6409, or the Bedford County Animal Shelter, 1307 Falling Creek Rd, Bedford, VA 24523.Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.