Joyce Anne Spradlin Williams, 75, of Huddleston, died Monday, September 23, 2019. She was born in Bedford, VA on March 16, 1944 a daughter of the late John Russell Spradlin and Willie Skinnell Spradlin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Montgomery Lawrence Williams, Sr.; sons, Montgomery Williams, Jr. and Gregory Williams. She is survived by her sister, Emma Hollie; niece, Karen Russell and husband Bud; grandchildren, Brandon Williams, Candice Jackson and husband Chad, Taylor Burnett, Chelsea Richardson and husband Eric, Dakoda Williams; daughter-in-law, Kris Williams; step-grandchildren, Courtney Eubank, Zachary Abbott; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Bentlee, Annabelle, Wyatt, Logan, Micah, and Jaxon. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Rev. Chad Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Ephesus United Methodist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Hugh Andrew Pritchard, 79, of Bedford, died Friday, September 20, 2019 after a short illness. Hugh was preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna. He is survived by a son, Wayne; and daughters, Teresa, Angela, and Jeannie; and multiple grandchildren.
No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Gail Elizabeth Dean, 45, of Montvale, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019. She was born in Roanoke, VA on November 3, 1973, a daughter of James Edward Dean and May Alphin Dean of Montvale. She was preceded in death by an uncle, William Bernard Alphin. She worked security at Walmart and was a member of Montvale Presbyterian Church. Gail was a lifetime member of Montvale Rescue Squad. She was very actively involved in Relay for Life and volunteered with police work. In addition to her mother and father she is survived by a brother, Wayne Dean and wife Robin; special friend, Lisa Stewart; uncle, Richard “Dick” Alphin and wife Nancy; aunts, Carol Alphin, Jean Dawson; and cousins, Valeria Alphin, Jeff Alphin, Lynette Dawson. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the nurses on 10 South at Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their loving care to Gail. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Montvale Recreation Club, 1182, Pike Rd., Montvale, VA with Rev. Rodney Wilson and Steve McChesney officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Relay for Life or your local Fire, Rescue, or Police Department. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
On September 10, 2019, Sabrina Rená Roarke, age 56, passed into her heavenly home, after a brief illness. Born on August 13, 1963, she is the beloved daughter of Patricia Owen. Preceding her in death was her father Tommy Roarke, and maternal grandparents, Billy and Edith Owen, and paternal grandparents, Eva and Willard Peake. Sabrina is survived by her daughter, Amanda Haskins (Brandon), her son, Thomas Haskins (Mary), and the son of her heart, Caleb Gunnell. Sabrina has two adored grandchildren, Edward and Alyssa Haskins. Left to mourn her passing are Sabrina’s siblings, Tony Roark (Susan), Phillip Roark (Robin), Deneatta Roarke, Robin Blair, and Roblyn Perkins (Brandon). She had 17 nieces and nephews, 9 great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins and friends, who all loved BB for her radiant spirit and fierce heart. Sabrina was kind and nurturing to all of God’s creatures, loved dancing, and made instant friends everywhere. In her final days, she was surrounded by the love of many to lift her upwards to her next journey. Per her wishes, a private service will be held for the family. Family and friends will be received at 6300 Telegraph Rd Hurt VA at various times and again on Sunday September 15, 2019 between 1-3 and a celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Sabrina asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Jimmy Lee Waldron, 89, of Bedford, died Saturday, September 7, 2019. He was born in Thaxton, VA on January 31, 1930, a son of the late Evelyn Anderson Waldron Bowyer and James M. Bowyer. In addition to his mother and step-father he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Hatter Waldron. He is survived by a brother, Elton Haney “Nitt” Waldron; Nieces, Betty Jean Burford, Tammy Small; nephew, Roger Lee Waldron; and friends, Darren and Kathryn Craig. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Bedford Humane Society Inc, 829 Ole Turnpike Dr, Bedford, VA 24523 or Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 6045 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Joyce Elizabeth Abbott Ruff, 77, of Goode, died Monday, September 2, 2019. She was born in Bedford, VA a daughter of the late Calvin Joseph Abbott and Wanda Fullen Abbott. Joyce was an active member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church. She graduated from New London in 1960 and was an active alumnus assisting with the class reunions. She worked for the brokerage firm Thompson McKenna and also New London Academy as a secretary for 5 years. After her daughter was born, she took care of the books for the family business. Joyce loved her cats, babysat for her grandchildren, and cared for her parents so they would not have to go into a nursing home. She is survived by her husband, Richard Harvey Ruff; daughter, Jennifer Patterson; grandchildren, Jarred Patterson, Luke Patterson, Kayla Patterson; brother, Wayne Abbott and wife, Barbara; sister, Brenda Davis and husband, Perry, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Peaks Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Peaks Church Community Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Daniel Richard Loyd went to be with his Heavenly Father on September 1, 2019. His beloved Mom welcomed him home. Daniel had a huge heart. He made it his life’s goal to go out of his way for others and to always put himself last. He had an infectious smile that will never be forgotten. Family and friends were everything to him and he was continuously concerned with their needs. Daniel had a kind soul and he showed it daily to those he loved. To quote his lifelong friend Jason Overstreet, “Daniel Richard Loyd was an amazing human being”. He was a beloved husband to Brittany and the PROUDEST father to his sweet Ellie Grace. No words to describe how much he loved his Dad and his brother. Daniel use to end his prayers, “Talk to You later God.” Daniel, we will talk to you later! John 3:16 A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 6, 2019 at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday and from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, at Simpson Funeral Home. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Patton Montgomery Overstreet, 74, of Bedford, died Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was born in Bedford County, on March 18, 1945 a son of the late Willie Henry Overstreet and Emmie Ruff Overstreet. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Willie Overstreet and Ella Ruff. He loved spoiling the Sunday School kids at church with bubblegum, they all called him “the candy man”. He also enjoyed working on his wood work. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Goff Overstreet; daughters, Lee Hyatt and husband Bill, Marsha Lauer and husband Paul; son, Patrick Overstreet and wife, Lacy; grandchildren, Sabrina and Sarah Hyatt, Adam Lauer, Catherine, Hunter, and Cole Overstreet, Madison, Christian, Morgan, and Maxwell Sims; great-grandchildren, Paxton Hyatt and Piper Berg; two brothers, Jackson and Joe Overstreet; and one sister, Rose Creasy. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. John Hester and Rev. Ray Lyons officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.