Questions & Answers
(540) 586-7360
Chapel: 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford, VA 24523 | Office/Visitation: 317 West Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523

Frequently Asked Questions

My funeral arrangements were preplanned
at another funeral home.

Can I move them to Burch-Messier?

Yes, you can. By law, pre-arranged funeral and cremation plans are completely portable; meaning they can be transferred in the event that you move to another part of the country or just want to switch to another funeral home. If they are pre-funded, the money is actually held by a third party such as a bank or insurance company. The funds are not controlled by the funeral home at all - this protects you as a consumer. The beneficiary is simply changed from the original funeral home to Burch-Messier with just one form. The best part is that we handle it all for you! We honor the pricing that your previous funeral home quoted you and, at death, will return any excess funds to your survivors. Keep in mind, too, that even if the pre-arrangements were not transferred to Burch-Messier prior to death, we will still honor the pricing that was quoted by your original funeral home.

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.