Roger Wayne Cheek, age 75, of Bedford died on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Bedford County on April 19, 1946 a son of the late Milton and Lillian Cheek of Huddleston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Sheron Allen Cheek and his brother-in-law, Arthur Hemmerlein. He owned and operated Cheek’s Body Shop for over 45 years. Committed to giving back throughout his life, he served in the US Army National Guard from 1967-1973 and faithfully served on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for 18 years from 1995 to 2013. A devoted member of Pecks Baptist Church, he never missed a day of Sunday School for over a decade. He is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Michael S. & Debi B. Cheek, Evington; daughter & son-in-law, April Cheek-Messier & John P. Messier, Bedford; two sisters, Bonnie Hemmerlein and Rita Hackworth and her husband, Steve; seven grandchildren, Marah Cheek, Shane Cheek, Benjamin Messier, Emily Messier, Anna Messier, James Messier, Scott Messier. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who he took great pride in and loved dearly. The family will receive friends at Pecks Baptist Church on Thursday, July 29, from 6pm to 8pm where a funeral service will be conducted on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 2pm by The Rev. Bryan Sheehan. Memorials in Roger’s name may be made to Pecks Baptist Church, 1020 Pecks Road, Bedford, VA 24523 or the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, LTD, PO Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements are by Burch-Messier Funeral & Cremation Service, Bedford.
Randall Lee Wright, Sr., 67, of Rustburg, Virginia passed away July 12, 2021, at Fairmont Crossing. Randy was born March 22, 1954, in Lynchburg, Virginia a son of the late Otis Henry Wright and Janet Driskill Wright. He was preceded in death by a son, Adam Carthin Wright. Randy, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, camping, drag racing, and Virginia Tech football. Most of all, he loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren. He is survived by two sons, Randall “Lee” Wright, Jr. (Courtney), Jacob Edward “Jake” Wright; grandchildren, Holston Wright, Barrett Wright, Livingston Wright; brothers, Steve and Brian Wright; special friend, Becky Harvey; best friend, Jack Staton; and numerous other family and friends. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel St. Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 or The National Wild Turkey Federation P.O. box 530 Edgefield, SC 29824. A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 2nd at Sedgefield 3088 New London Rd, Forest, VA 24551. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA 540-586-73
Cheryl Lee Godsie Wade, 62, of Lynchburg, VA, passed away in her home on Sunday, July 11, 2021. She was born in Lynchburg, VA and was the daughter of the late Cecil Willard Godsie and Mary “Tillie” Frances Griffin Godsie. She enjoyed being out and about and loved to talk. Her favorite season was Winter as she loved Christmas, the cold and snow. She is survived by her two brothers Norvell “Ike” Godsie and Mervin Godsie and her four children Jason Kane Wade, Regina Lee Long, Frank Victor Long, and Felicia Victoria Long. No services will be held at this time. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Douglas J. Campion on July 7, 2021, at home surrounded by family. Doug was born in Washington, DC, on April 26, 1946. Doug was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine Campion, his father, Harold Campion, and his brother, Brian Campion. Doug grew up in Springfield, VA, where he enjoyed pitching in the local baseball leagues. His love of guitar playing led to the creation of “The Castelles”, a rock and roll band that performed at military service clubs and local events. Doug graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and went on to earn a degree in Economics at the University of Tennessee. After a 40 year career in the Federal Government, Doug retired as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Commerce in 2010. In 2012, Doug and the love of his life, his wife Wendy, moved to Smith Mountain Lake and enjoyed the dream of lake living, family, great friends, and much laughter. Doug was an awesome and loving husband and best friend to Wendy, his wife of 14 years. He will be long remembered by family and friends for his quick wit, unique sense of humor, storytelling, guitar playing, and cooking. Doug was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. William of York Catholic Church in Stafford, Virginia, from 1981 to 2001, serving as Grand Knight from July 1987 through June 1988. Upon moving to Smith Mountain Lake, Doug and Wendy became members of Resurrection Roman Catholic Church in Moneta, Virginia. Doug was a card carrying member of the BUHBAs, the Boys of Union Hall Breakfast Association. Left to cherish Doug’s memory are loving wife Wendy, daughter Kelsey Campion and grandson Casen Sparacino, daughter Carla Shouse (Paul), and grandson Royce Johnson, step daughter Tracy Jenkins and granddaughter, Meaghan Jenkins, brother Neal Campion (Balisa), sister Gail Whear (Mike), Wendy’s sisters Charlotte Childress (Jerry), Diane Harrelson (Jimmy), and Sherry Oxley and husband Ty, special friend and fellow musician, and several nieces and nephews. Doug also leaves his oldest and dearest friends, Kip and Donna Boisot. An Evening Vigil for friends will be held on Wednesday, July 28, at 5:00 p.m. at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road, in Moneta, Virginia 24121. Mass will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 11:00 a.m., also at Resurrection. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Heartland Hospice, 2800 Electric Road, Roanoke, Virginia 24018. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Jacob Alexandar “Jake” Williams, 24, of Big Island, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Ecorse, Michigan. He was born in Bedford, VA on September 19, 1996, a son of Brandy McGinn Knighting and husband, Roy. Jake was a free spirit who enjoyed exploring and traveling the country. He loved hunting with his Poppy Price, hiking, and camping. Jake had many talents and one thing he was very good at was cooking. He made quite a mess doing it but the family always loved his creations. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting by the train tracks and watching the trains go by with his sister. Some of his mother’s fondest memories are the weeks at the beach and all the salty kisses he would give. Jake lived life to the fullest and pursued his passion for traveling. He and his Nanny used to watch Peter Pan all the time. The second star to the right shines in the night for you, Jake, and we will always know where to find you. In addition to his mother and step-father he is survived by his sister, Christina Williams; niece, Sophia Coles; grandparents, Nancy and John Price, Jan and Phil Williams; uncle, Dan Williams and wife Maureen; and several cousins. No services will be held. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.