Clyde Marvin Cofer, 62, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. He was born in Bedford, VA on July 26, 1961 a son of the late Harry Alton Cofer and Josephine Luck Cofer. He was a construction worker, heavy equipment operator and a farmer all of his life. He is survived by his brother, Marshall Cofer and wife, Bonnie; and his girlfriend, Kathy Gross. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Friday, June 14, 2024 at the Cofer Family Cemetery, 3406 Pike Road, Montvale, VA 24122 with Rev. Danny Holdren. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Louis John Fileccia, 99, of Lynchburg, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2024. He was born in Harrison, NY on May 1, 1925 a son of the late Cosmo Fileccia and Carmella Campenella Fileccia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Vazquez Fileccia; and daughter, Melanie Fileccia. He is survived by his son, Brian Fileccia, Sr. (Linda); grandchildren, Kelsey, Brian, Jr., Bonnie; and a sister, Rosalie. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, June 14, 2024 at Walnut Street Chapel. 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. Burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Eileen Helen (Stephenson) Pickett passed away Saturday, June 8, 2024.   Born February 14, 1936, to John and Mary (Vogel) Stephenson, Eileen was predeceased by her siblings Mary, Eddie, Dick, Aggie, Gene and Eleanor. September 1, 1956, Eileen wed Bill in Butler PA, together they share 3 children.  Son, Patrick of Albuquerque, NM wife Susan and their 2 children William and Rebecca.  Daughter Kelly and her husband Mike of Roanoke, VA and daughter Mary and husband Stan and their daughter Mackenzie who reside in Chesapeake VA.  Eileen has several nieces and nephews that have been very special to her. In 1985 Eileen and Bill moved to Bedford, VA when Bill was hired as Executive Director of the Elks National Home. Together they cared for and nurtured all the residents that passed through the door during their tenure.  Eileen enjoyed her time in Bedford as a member of the Bedford Garden Club and various book clubs. After they retired and moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Eileen and Bill were active members of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, VA where Eileen enjoyed the Wednesday Women’s Group. The Pickett Family extends heartfelt gratitude to Carilion Hospice, The Richfield Living community in Salem, VA and her special doctor, Dr Steven Harris and his wonderful staff. A private graveside service will be held for family members.  Memorials may be made to Resurrection Catholic Church c/o Wednesday Women, 15353 Moneta Rd Moneta, VA 24121, The Oaks 3706 Knollridge Rd Salem, VA  24153 or Friendship South Rehab 5647 Starkey Rd Roanoke, VA  24018. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-736

Charlotte Gayle Overstreet Hughes, 73, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024. She was born in Lynchburg, VA on December 12, 1950 a daughter of the late Lewis Overstreet and Helen Goff Witt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Otis “Buster” Hughes; son, John Adam Hughes; and brother, Danny Hogan. Gayle was a member of Living Water Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, Michael Hughes, James Hughes (Samantha), Joshua Hughes (Heather); sisters, Patsy Overstreet-Gutierrez (Francisco), Sharon Proffit (John); and grandchildren, Brooklynn Hughes, Layne Hughes, Adam Hughes, Bethany Hughes, Jessie Hughes, Taylor Ann Gallier, Laci Gallier, Hailey Gallier, and Jordan Gallier. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Virginia Memorial Park with Pastor Daryl W. Donald, Sr. officiating. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Howard Lane Roberts, known to many as Lane, passed away on June 5, 2024, in Bedford, Virgina, at the age of 71. Lane was born in Bedford, Virginia, and was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing. Lane was a kind and generous soul who showed respect to everyone he encountered. Despite facing challenges, he never placed blame on others. A talented musician, Lane mastered several instruments and composed music throughout his lifetime. In his later years, he found solace in his faith and the love of his family. Lane will be deeply missed by his surviving siblings, Tack Roberts, Lisa Giffen, Lynn Roberts, Karl Rotherbach; as well as his cousins, Bobby Roberts and Gypsy Roberts; and his aunt, Nancy Roberts. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Roberts; mother, Georgina Roberts; and brother, Eric Roberts. Lane attended Douglas Southhall Freeman High School in his youth. He was a dedicated student and cherished his educational experiences. The funeral arrangements for Lane are being handled by Burch-Messier Funeral Home in Bedford, Virgina. Services will not be held as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family requests prayers and thoughts for Lane’s peaceful rest with his maker. May Lane Roberts’ legacy of kindness and love live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

Nikki Elizabeth Williams Vogt, daughter, sister, friend, and artist extraordinaire, passed away Monday, June 3, 2024, in Lynchburg, VA, after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. Nikki was born in Lynchburg, VA on January 9, 1966, the first child of Royall “Wayne” Williams and the late Robin “Bobby” Ette Yvonne Saunders Williams. She graduated from E.C. Glass High School in 1984; she went on to further her education at Central Virginia Community College, where she graduated in 1987 with an associate degree in advertising design. In the late 80s, Nikki worked alongside her childhood best friend and fellow artist, Anne Marshall, at Clifton Studio designing and painting production art for hotels and furniture companies. In the 90s, they both went to work at Lynchburg-Stained Glass, creating mostly liturgical windows for churches. To further hone her craft, Nikki attended a summer program at the Atrium School of Stained Glass in New Hampshire under the tutelage of renowned master stained-glass artist Richard Millard. It was Millard who recommended Nikki to the prestigious Rambusch Company in New York City when they were searching for a substitute artist. Initially she declined but eventually accepted, joining Rambusch in 1998. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Nikki returned home as a free-lance artist, and eventually rejoined Lynchburg-Stained Glass where she worked until her retirement in 2017. During her illustrious career, Nikki designed 3 windows for Marble Collegiate Church in New York City (2 in the sanctuary and 1 above the main entrance door facing 5th Avenue), 79 windows in Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta, GA., as well as windows in Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Phoenix, AZ., Green Bay, WI., Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., the oculus for the domed ceiling in the New York State Appellate Court in Manhattan and many other projects in the U.S. In addition to her mother, Nikki was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Perry Garvin and Gladys Nance Saunders; her paternal grandparents, Royall Edward and Cordelia Gilliam Williams; and numerous aunts, uncles, and other extended family. Nikki is survived by her father, her sister Cordelia Gravely Williams, her brother Edward Garvin Williams (Carrie), nephew Perry Alexander Williams, niece Adeline Victoria Williams, aunt Linda Williams Hall, all of Lynchburg, VA., uncle Donald M. Williams (Sharon) of Virginia Beach, VA., aunt Jill “Snoogie” Saunders Henderson of Birmingham, Alabama, aunt Helen Margaret “Peg” Saunders Mayhew of Gretna, VA., aunt Patricia “Pat” Dawn Saunders Tyree of Danville, VA., many beloved cousins, lifelong best friend Anne Marshall, dear friend Kathy Rose, her beloved cat “Barnabas”, cockatiel “Moses,” and a host of other family and friends. Nikki Liz was a force to be reckoned with. Thanks to her work in stained glass, she has left countless contributions in places of worship throughout the world for future generations to admire and appreciate. A memorial service will be conducted Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 2 p.m. at The Well Church, which meets at Lynchburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 19 George St, Lynchburg, VA. 24502, with Pastor Tom Bryant officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the two organizations that helped Barnabas, and continue to help many other pets, Central Virginia Regional Rescue (, P.O. Box 2172 Forest, VA 24551, or Friends of Campbell County Animal Control (, 185 Greendale Dr., Rustburg, VA 24588. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360

Will Coleson Allen, 49, of Buena Vista, died on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Augusta Health.  He was born in Lexington on March 13, 1975, a son of Carol Faye Burch Allen of Buena Vista and the late Gary Clinton Allen. In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Shannon Bane Allen; a daughter, Kelsey Montgomery (John); a son, Matthew Allen; his grandchildren, Elizabeth Montgomery and Wesley Montgomery; his brother, Seth Allen; his uncles, Joey Hartless (Dilly), Wayne Hartless and Larry Burch; a special niece, Courtney Roberts; and many other family and friends.  Worldly goods and material things meant nothing to Will, family and friends was everything.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at First Brethren Church, 100 E. 29th Street, Buena Vista, with Pastor Mike Hamilton officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church beginning at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in Rockbridge Memorial Garden.  Casual dress, come as you are.  Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Mary Louise Hodnett, 72, daughter of the late James and Olive Pillow passed away May 29, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Parker Hodnett and survived by her sons, Steven Crawford II (Sharon Clark), and John Hodnett (Sarah); Michael Hodnett, Todd Hodnett (Amy); her sisters, Avis Pillow and Tanya Nixon (Russell), and ten wonderful grandchildren. Mary Lou loved her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She was a loving and supportive daughter, sister, wife, mother, and aunt and will be deeply missed. A private funeral service will be held at New Chapel Church cemetery. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Nellie I. Catlett, 80, of Lynchburg, departed this life on May 28, 2024 after receiving her invitation to dine with the Lord at His grand dinner table. Nellie was retired from the Lynchburg Training School and hospital after exemplary service for 32 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Vernon L. Catlett; and her son, Wesley M. Catlett. Nellie is survived by her son, Reggie and his fiancé, Patricia; as well as loving daughters-in-law, Sally Bowman, Lena Catlett; two grandchildren, Zachary Catlett, Autumn Rose; three great-grandchildren, Kade Holmes, Season Tweedy, Seanna Frank; two brothers, Clarence Irvan, Buck Irvan; and lifelong friend, Charlotte Dickerson. A celebration of life will be held at Harvest Baptist Church at a later date. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Phillip Ashby Seamster, 57, of Montvale, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2024. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on August 8, 1966 a son of the late William Ashby Seamster and Jewel Elrod Seamster.mHe was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, loved 80’s rock and roll, and enjoyed muscle cars; especially Mopar. He loved to eat and was always up for trying new foods. Phillip was a big jokester and prankster. He loved his children and his grandchildren. Phillip is survived by his wife, Cindy Saunders Seamster; daughter, Leslie Seamster Nichols (Dennis “D.J.”); son, David Anthony Seamster; grandchildren, Scarlet Nichols, Madelyn Seamster; brothers, James Seamster (Belinda), Darryl Seamster (Joyce); sister, Karen Howard; and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Bellevue Community Center, 4051 Goode Station Road, Goode, VA 24556. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.