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

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from Burch-Messier,
if I want to discuss my final plans?

You may have heard of high-pressure tactics being used to sell pre-funded funeral and cremation services. We do not use these. We do not employ full-time pre-need arrangers, who rely on commission sales for their livelihood. The pre-need arrangers you will meet here at Burch-Messier are John Messier and Chris Burch, co-owners of the funeral home, who will give options and advice in a non-threatening environment; either in the comfort of your home or the warmth of the 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.