Questions & Answers
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Chapel: 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA 24523 | Office/Visitation: 317 West Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your crematory?

The vast majority of funeral homes do not operate their own crematory. Most cremation retorts (the actual unit that cremations take place in) are quite costly, underutilized and add a considerable amount of overhead costs which usually means higher prices for the consumer. More important than owning your own crematory is to partner with an ethical crematory operator who has the same standards of service as you do. We have both operated a crematory with our previous employer, so we know what to look for when selecting a crematory for our cremations. We have partnered with two local crematories who give us the same high level of care as we give our families. We invite you to compare our services and prices with others who have their own crematory and we think that you'll be surprised with the cost savings.

Scheduled Services


Elizabeth "Betsy" Hopkins Stewartson, 81, of Bedford, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at Main St. United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford.


Charles Benjamin Russell, 95, of Bedford, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A memorial service will be held 3:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Bower Center, 305 N Bridge St, Bedford, VA 24523.