Timothy James Rutman, 78, of Rustburg, VA, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. He was born in Harrisburg, PA on July 7, 1941, as the son of the late Daniel Rutman and Emma Idessia Hoffman Rutman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deneen Rutman; and a sister, Nyla DeArmitt. Tim received Christ as his Savior when he was 12 years old and served Him throughout his lifetime. He was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church and also faithfully served, with his wife Cathy, as a Missionary to Ireland, with Community Bible Study International for 11 years. Tim proudly served in the United States Air Force for 23 years and achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant before retiring. In wartime, he served as a Combat Medic in Vietnam. Tim enriched the lives of those who survived him; wife of 57 years, Cathy Byrne Rutman; his children, Debbie Johnson and husband Richard, Colleen Helmick and husband Jerry, Joanne Edwards and husband Barry; sister, Miriam Martin of PA; eleven grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren, and countless beloved friends and extended family members. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Thomas Road Baptist Church inside Pate Chapel, with Rev. Gary Stewart officiating. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Post 16. Interment will be at a later date. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360, is assisting the family – however, any floral condolences should only be sent directly to the memorial service location, on the date of the service. In lieu of flowers / plants – the family has requested that donations be made to Community Bible Study International to support the missionary work in Europe–specifically, Ireland. Donate online at – communitybiblestudy.org/ “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” Psalms 116:15 




Monty Allen Hubbard, 52, of Glasgow, Virginia died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Crouch; grandmother, Alpha Persinger Crawford; sister, Jennifer Clements; and father, Lloyd Albin Hubbard.Monty is survived by his wife Melissa Suzanne Hubbard; two sons Forrest Allen Hubbard (Crystal) and Jared Anderson Hubbard (Lacey); four granddaughters Jozalyn Jade Hubbard, Kaelin Grace Hubbard, Ayliva Faith Hubbard and Elizabeth Skye Hubbard; two sisters, Pamela Clark and Tammy Crouch; and two brothers Dave Hubbard and Steve Hubbard.Services will be held at Glenwood Holiness Church on Thursday, October  17th, 2019 at 6 pm. Monty was a dog whisperer. His little dog Elliot was his best friend and misses him very much. He loved nature and was very good at finding beauty in his surroundings. He was always pointing out the moon, sunset, or an interesting grouping of clouds. He was the king of duct tape, a chess champion and a doting grandfather. He was a beloved husband of more than 30 years and will be sorely missed by his friends and family.


Mickie F. Lester, 71, of Rocky Mount, VA departed this life October 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Bettina Dillon; her parents Ruth and Chester Lester, and a brother, Dickie Lester. She is survived by her sisters, Margie Mayhew of Montvale, VA, Mary Ann (Jim) Keene of Iaeger, WV, Maggie Church of Moneta, VA; two brothers, Nickey Joe Lester of Hanover, WV, Ricky Dean (Bev) Lester of Wharncliffe, WV; daughter, Stephanie McArdle of Bedford, VA; two grandchildren, Makayla Lester and Justin McArdle; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be sadly missed by all. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Haley Ann Wilson, infant, of Bedford, died Friday, October 4, 2019 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. She was born in Lynchburg, on October 4, 2019. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jeffrey “Bo” Spradlin. She is survived by her father, Tony Lee Wilson; mother, Sylvia Ann Spradlin; grandparents, Edward Overstreet and Becky Wilson; grandmother, Sandra Spradlin; brothers, Noah Wilson, Carlton Spradlin, Ronald Deese, Jr.; sisters, Adrianna Wilson, Rebekah Wilson, Myrah Wilson; aunt, Crystal Thomas and fiancé Richard Blankenship; and numerous cousins; great-aunts and uncles; and lots of friends. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Donald Rogers Markham, 80, of Goode, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born in Bedford County on June 3, 1939, a son of the late Roy Markham and Eula Bryant Markham. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Linda Angus Markham; and brother, Gerald Markham. Donald is survived by a daughter, Patty Jo Spinner, two sons, Donald Bennett Markham and wife Jennifer, Joshua Alan Markham, Sr. and wife Katherine; grandchildren, Gabrielle Nicole Spinner, Christopher Chase Markham, Tray Bennett Markham, Derek Alan Markham, Joshua Alan Markham, Jr.; brothers, Bobby Markham and wife Loretta, Jackie Markham, and Mackie Markham. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Timber Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Gillette and Pastor Phil Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Donnie Markham memorial fund c/o Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.