Linda Elizabeth Coffey Crunkleton, 78, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021. She was born in Bedford, VA on January 17, 1942, a daughter of the late Claude Alexander Coffey and Shirley Braughman Coffey.  Linda’s greatest joys in life were taking care of her family and taking care of her garden. She did a wonderful job with both. Her family will always remember how much she loved celebrating Christmas. She always looked for the perfect gifts for each person to make the holiday special. She will be sorely missed. She is survived by her daughters, Twila Crunkleton Deel, Carla Crunkleton Groff; son, Clay Anthony Crunkleton; grandchildren, Zachary Ryan Crunkleton, Olivia Groff Casey, Nichole Maute, Brittany Crunkleton, Tyler Crunkleton; and three great-grandchildren.  A private family memorial service will be held.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


The Lord called Barbara Ann Reeves Mayes home on Friday, January 8, 2021. She was born April 24, 1939 to William and Myrtle Reeves in Fries, Va. She was a member of Zion Assembly Church of God, where she served the Lord to her fullest, and taught us all about our Lord. She was a loving and caring individual who touch the lives of everyone that knew her. Everyone that knew her will cherish her beautiful life. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eldean Mayes; her sisters, Bertie Patton, Edna Stata, Myra Jeanne Willard, Hallie Simcox; sister-in-law, Linda Reeves and her grandson, James David (Jd) Brunk. She is survived by her two daughters, Sharon White and husband Garry and Dana Brunk; grandchildren, Matthew Brunk, Heather Jenkins, Joshua Compton (Brittney), Mitchell Abell, and Jenny Brunk; great-grandchildren, Dixie, Emmie, Benjamin Jr, Belle, Wesley, Audrey, and Riley; sisters, Betty Jo Creed, Linda Byrd and husband Raymond; brother, David Reeves; brother-in-law, Harry Patton; and several special nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 3pm, at Ladonia Baptist Church Cemetery, 163 Raven Knob Rd., Mt Airy, NC 27030. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mark Tyrone Elkins, 56, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021. He was born in Bedford on August 15, 1964, a son of the late Charles Rudolph Elkins and Brenda Carter Elkins. He enjoyed going to the beach, working on cars, and going to the races. Mark is survived by his son, Brandon Elkins; a daughter, Mikaela Elkins; grandsons, Kaiden Elkins and Oakley Elkins; best friend, Terry Orange; and numerous other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 6:00. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to help the family with the cost of the funeral, c/o Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Kimberly Galvin Renick, 62, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 2, 2021. She was born in San Diego, CA on November 11, 1958, a daughter of the late Eugene Arnold Galvin and Jean Osborne Galvin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Barry Lee Renick. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who always put her family first. She loved to be in service to others through volunteering and activism. She was a spit fire with a heart of gold and she will be missed by many. Kimberly is survived by her three children, Joshua, Kelsey, and Samantha Renick; her two beautiful grandchildren, Rory and Connor Munt; six siblings, three in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Nancy Gaddy Noblett, 89, of Bedford, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021. She was born in Bedford on November 20, 1931, a daughter of the late Frank Nelson Gaddy and Edna White Gaddy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Susan Ash; and her brother, Joe Gaddy. She was retired from Rubatex and was a member of Mount Hermon Baptist Church. Nancy is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hargrove; grandchildren, Kim Bullion, Robert Charles Heptinstall, Michelle Kirby, Chris Fleshman; great-grandchildren, Kenyon James Orange, Zach Heptinstall, Matthew Bettez, Destiny Williams, Stella Heptinstall, and Britton Heptinstall. Per her wishes no services will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.



Brooks Baylor Hoback, 85, of Bedford, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021. He was born in Roanoke, VA on December 14, 1935, a son of the late James F. Gates and Helen Frances Hoback. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Andrews Hoback. He is survived by his son, Tim Hoback and wife, Melly; daughter, Barbara Farley and husband, Eddie; grandchildren, Jessica Hoback, Brooklyn Farley, Zoey Farely; and his dog, A.J. The family would like to thank Bedford Hospice for their care of Brooks. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Center Point United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Rick Gatten officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Hugh Dennis Key, age 80, passed away on January 1, 2021 in his room at Pheasant Ridge Retirement Community where he had been living since his wife, Mary, passed away in July of 2020. He died peacefully in his favorite chair with his cat Pebbles asleep in his lap. From an early age, Hugh was intellectually curious about the world and all it offered.  His sister Janie fondly remembers him forgoing comic books to spend hours laying on the floor memorizing the encyclopedia. Because of that rich knowledge, Hugh always had an answer for everything, making him a sought-after partner when the family would play the game of Trivial Pursuit. Hugh grew up on a farm where his mother would care for stray dogs, chickens, or other animals that came their way and Hugh learned to do the same.  His children remember their dad’s heroic efforts to save both domestic and non-domestic animals in distress. On road trips he would often stop and jump out of the car to rescue turtles, bringing the creatures home with him to a safer life in their garden.  When on a family trip to the Florida Everglades, he also scared his wife Mary as he attempted to reach out of the boat to pet a sleeping alligator with the certainty that all animals appreciated such attention. Hugh graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in textile engineering and later went on to complete his MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden school.  He was an accomplished businessman and started his own electronics distributorship, Key Resources Limited, in Roanoke, VA. As a show of appreciation for all of his political support, Hugh was appointed by Governor Gilmore to the State Board of Elections in Richmond where Mary and he lived for 7 years before moving to Moneta to be closer to Brian and Heather and their growing families. Hugh was a talented woodworker, spending countless hours in his workshop where he created beautiful pieces of practical art such as bowls, vases, lamps and wine stoppers. Hugh was active in his community, as a member of the Lions Club in North Carolina where Brian and Miranda would often accompany him at holiday time to help sell Christmas trees.  When the family moved to Roanoke, Hugh became active in politics and helped with many local and National campaigns. After living in nine states together, Hugh and Mary settled in Moneta, Virginia, where they lived happily for the last 13 years.  In Moneta, Hugh served as Treasurer of the Ruritans for 5 years and was always volunteering at fundraisers and attended monthly meetings.  He also very much enjoyed joining his friends for weekly discussions as part of the “Biscuit Eaters Club.” The couple found their spiritual home in Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta, where Hugh will join Mary in their eternal resting place of peace on January 9, 2021. Hugh is survived by his three children, Miranda (Keith) Willis, Brian (Tammy) Key and Heather (Jon) Snead; his sister, Janie Hooker; and his sister-in-law, Jo Key.  Hugh was the youngest of four children born to Ester Sprinkle and Claude Swanson Key in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. Hugh was loved dearly by his eight grandchildren – Kaeden Stewart and Mckenna Willis; Brianna, Zach and Alex Key; and Cabel, Nick and Sam Snead. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Moneta Ruritan Club P. O. Box 745 Moneta, VA 24121. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Katheen Marie Poff 63, of Moneta passed away on January 1, 2021. Kathy was known for her great love of family and will be dearly missed by many. She is preceded in death by father, Charles “Red” Poff and older brother, Charles Poff, Jr. (Patty). She is survived by her mother, Ruth Poff; son Thomas Walters II; daughter, Kesha Poff; siblings; Ronald Poff (Pauline), Rita Eanes (Gerald), Kenneth Poff (Chrissy), and Lesha Bell (Terry); grandchildren, Haley Walters, Lake McLaughlin, Isabella McLaughlin, and Brooklyn Boccabella. Kathy is also survived by several nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family plans on holding a memorial in the spring. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.