Michael Paul “Mick” Benyo, 73, of Hardy, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. He was born in Gary, Indiana, on January 28, 1948, a son of the late Michael George Benyo and Pauline Uskert Benyo. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Mick is survived by his wife, Adelle Wagner Benyo; sons, Matt Benyo and wife Manuela, Adam Benyo; grandchildren, Kale, Dillon, Holden and Maren Benyo; and numerous other family and friends. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:30 a.m., on October 27, 2021 at Resurrection Catholic Church with Father Nixon officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Also, a Celebration of Life will be held in South Bend, Indiana at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation to American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Clarence Allen “Butch” Bailey, III, 74, of Appomattox, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. A full obituary to follow. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Barbara Harris Snead, 79, of Bedford, died Sunday, October 10, 2021. She was born in Charlottesville on September 24, 1942, daughter of the late Charles and Maree Harris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Etta Dunbar, her fiancé, Leonard Whorley, and her two late husband’s Arvil L. Siler and Thomas Snead. She is survived by two daughters, Gracie Robertson and Rosa Burnette; her grandchildren, Chester Coles, Brandon Dunbar, Timothy Dunbar, James Robertson, John Robertson, Jessi Robertson, and Steve Burnette; her great grandchildren, James Robertson and Kylee Maree Robertson; and two sisters, Sharon Siler, Annie Crickenberger of Charlottesville; . A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2021 in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the graveside beginning at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Harold Eugene Drumheller II, 59, of Evington, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the husband of Melissa Trainum Drumheller. He was born on December 8, 1961 to Harold and Mary Drumheller of Hopewell, Virginia. Harold was preceded in death by his father, Harold Eugene Drumheller. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Matt Drumheller; his daughter, Alison Drumheller; his mother, Mary Drumheller; his sisters, Becky Baugus (Andy) and Christine Andrews (Marshall); his brother, Barry Drumheller; his stepson, Wesley Dollins (Danielle); his stepdaughter, Lauren Dollins; his nephews, Brandon Baugus, Will Andrews, and Alex Andrews; his niece, Kaitlyn Baugus; and many other loving family members and friends. Harold graduated from Hopewell High School in 1980, received his B.A. in 1984 from Averett College in English/Journalism. He was employed by Bedford County Public Schools for 31 years, as an English Teacher and Baseball Coach at Jefferson Forest High School. Additionally, he officiated Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Football, as well high school football with the Colonial Official’s Association. Prior to entering education, he was a Sports Writer for the News and Advance. The family would like to thank the staff at the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center, as well as Dr. Tibet, Dr. Pittard, and Dr. Wade. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Lakewood Baptist Church, in Evington, with Roy Carter and Andre Jackson officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the family respectfully requests that all attendees wear masks. Interment will take place following the Celebration of Life at Virginia Memorial Park, in Forest, Va. In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions to the Harold Drumheller English Scholarship Fund, for a senior student at Jefferson Forest High School in financial need. Contributions can be sent to 1 Cavalier Circle, Forest, VA 24551, Attention Harold Drumheller English Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
John Christopher “Chris” Horn, 47, of Rustburg, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. He was born in Rustburg, VA on August 17, 1974 a son of Gail Bruffy and husband Ernie and the late John Charles Horn, Jr. In addition to his mother and step-father he is survived by his wife, Donna Creasy Horn; children, Ryan Horn and wife Kaitlin, Blake Horn, Emma Horn, Crystal Falls, Carrie Falls; two sisters, Lori Webb and husband Mike, Lisa Moore and husband Tommy; and five grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 8, 2021 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Rev. Rick Magee officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 6:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon, on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Peaks Church Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Robin Lynn Hayslett, 35, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. She was born in Roanoke, VA on November 13, 1985 a daughter of Michael William Hayslett, Sr., Beulah Carter Hayslett, and her adopted mother, Mary Christine Gordon. In addition to her parents and adopted mother, she is survived by her son, Nicholas Hayslett and his father, Scottie Roberts; sister, Cindy Hayslett; brothers, Michael Hayslett, Jr., Jerry Gordon, Jr., Terry Gordon; fiancé, Chad Cheek; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Monday, at Burch-Messier Walnut St. Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Edward Lewis “Ed” Overstreet, Jr., 51, of Thaxton, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021. He was born in Bedford, VA on January 4, 1970 a son of Sandra Overstreet Butler and the late Edward Lewis Overstreet, Sr. Ed loved hunting and fishing with his son Joshua, working in the yard, and weekends with his BFF, Skeeter. He was a very quiet and gentle spirit who loved the Lord. Ed was a hard worker and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He touched lots of people in his short life and was loved by many. In addition to his mother, Ed is survived by his wife of 34 years, Anita Ann Radford Overstreet; son, Joshua Overstreet; sister, Shelby Overstreet Harrison; mother-in-law, Katy Salyer; numerous other family and friends, and his favorite lap dog Pepper. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Thaxton Baptist Church, Heritage Chapel with Rev. Ethan Strickler and Randy Krantz officiating. The family will receive friends 4:00- 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Thaxton Baptist Church. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360
Vivian Adkins Miller, 96, of Bedford, VA gained her heavenly reward peacefully on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Runk and Pratt liberty Ridge. She was the wife of the late Raymond Miller of Wharncliffe, WV. Born in Johnson County Kentucky on August 12, 1925 to the late Lester Adkins and Mable Adkins Jarrell. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, J. C. Adkins, and Lester Adkins; three sisters, Irene Adkins Simpkins, Margaret Adkins Simpkins Mahon, Louise Adkins Simpkins, her only daughter and the light of her life, Linda Miller Munroe May. She is survived by one sister, Martha (Betty) Adkins Taylor; four grandchildren, Kelly M. Carson (Rodney), Tara M. Krumm (Steve), Kendra Munroe (Broc) Edward Raymond Reed Munroe (Kristen), Kelly C. Lumb, (Fred); eight great- grandchildren, Hunter Carson, Alissa Munroe, Eva Munroe, Vanna Munroe, Ryker Munroe, Nova Munroe, Regan Cutler, Nicholas Cutler; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. Vivian was a lifelong member of the Wharncliffe Church of God in Wharncliffe WV. She was happiest surrounded by her family and friends while in the kitchen cooking for them and will be remembered for her chicken and dumplings and banana pudding. The family would like to thank Beth Moore, Debbie Scott, KarenVencill, Tiffany Martin, Rosa Lea C. Blankenship and Seven Hills Hospice for their help in caring and loving Vivian (Mamaw) n her final years. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford with Rev. Ray Kingrea officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 12:00 Noon. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
John Edward Gibson 66, of Bedford VA, passed peacefully in his home on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. John was born in Bedford VA on Dec. 7, 1954 to the late Charles Gibson, Sr. and Myrtle Dooley Gibson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Gibson, Jr. and Tommy Gibson; two sisters, Dorothy Gibson Hogan and RaeLynn Gibson. Surviving is his significant other, Teressa Hoback, two step-children, Angela Penn and Jackson Parker; two step-grandchildren, Tylijah Penn and Taylor Parker; two brothers, Bobby Gibson and Joe Gibson (fiancée Deborah); three sisters, Debbie Gibson Dooley, Donna Gibson Widener, and Ann Gibson Thomason; and several Nieces, Nephews and many other loved ones. A celebration of life will be held on Oct. 9, 2021 at the Montvale Park in Montvale VA from 2pm to 5pm. All are welcome to bring a covered dish if you’d like. Thank you and God Bless. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Angela Kay Dooley Clark, age 49, of Montvale VA passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hylton and Odell Dooley. Angela loved the Washington Redskins, visiting Tennessee and most of all spending time with her family. She fought hard and endured a lot the past three years. She is survived by her loving parents, Russell and Kay Dooley; son, Austin Clark and fiancée Kylie Alonzo; daughter, Mikayla Clark; brother, Allen Dooley and wife Kelly. She was a proud ginky (grandmother) of Aiden Clark and proud ya-ya (aunt) of Marissa and Makenna Dooley. Angela also leaves behind special family members, Karen Campbell, Kevin and Teressa Dooley; Granny, Diane; as well as many other relatives and friends. A special thank you to the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, especially Dr. Morales and nurse, Susan Ames. A visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts will be accepted at the visitation. Donations will go toward funeral expenses. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-736