Harold Rucker Newman, 58, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, December 11, 2019. He was born in Bedford, VA on March 2, 1961 a son of the late John Lee Newman and Rachel Stanley Newman. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, James Newman, Thomas Newman, Gerald Newman, Joe Newman; and a sister, Bernice Newman. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lori Lewis Newman; daughter, Teresa Frances Owens and husband Kenneth; sons, Jeffery Allen Newman and wife Constance, John Rucker Newman and wife Jessica; grandchildren, Katherine Lewis, Randy Owens, Jeffrey Newman, Jr., Justin Owens, Savannah Owens, Allen Newman, John Newman, Jr., Hayden Newman, Cecil Newman, Nicholas Newman, Jayse Newman; great-grandchildren, Mikah Rabb, Kamiah Rabb; and a brother, Benjamin Newman. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford with Rev. Earl Ragland officiating. A visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Lucille St. Clair Caniff, 100 years of age entered the gates of Heaven on Monday, December 9, 2019. She was born on April 13, 1919 and was the last surviving daughter of S.C.B. St. Clair and Eula White St. Clair. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Floyd E. Caniff; and ten sisters. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Connie Scarrow and husband Jim; niece, Jane Moore (JT); two nephews, Dale Wheeler, David Wheeler; all of whom she loved as if they were her own children. Also surviving are two great-nieces, Jenny Moore, Christina Wheeler; three great-nephews, John Moore, Shane Wheeler, Gabe Wheeler; and two great-great nephews, who were the light of her life as well as Oreo, her cat. Lucille was born and raised in the home built by her Papa and remained there for all but six years of her life. Working as the Candy Counter Sweetheart at a Ft. Lee PX during WWII, she met the love of her life and followed his assignments for the next few years. A lifelong member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, she taught Sunday School and VBS for many years. According to her wishes, which she made well known, her funeral service will be a closed casket service. She always said “Give me the flowers while I live” so instead of flowers the family would like to suggest that you give a flower to any shut-in you know or make a donation to your favorite charity. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2019 at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Pastors Ben Sturgis and Bill Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. We wish to say a special Thank You to Amedisys Hospice and Home Health for the care and attention given her over the past 4 years and to Shady Grove Fire and Rescue. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.


Beverly Anne Terry, 87, of Bedford, was born again into eternal life on December 5, 2019. Born Beverly Ann Bissonette on March 18, 1932 in Burlington, VT to Dorothy and Theodore Bissonette, the second of four children with her younger sister dying in infancy.

She is survived by her husband, Robert S. Terry; six of her seven children, Karen Anne Cifala, Trina Elizabeth Black, Patricia Zamjohn Lloyd, Michelle Zamjohn Davis, Thomas William Terry, and Ann Terry Flesberg; sister, Elizabeth Hemminger; brother, Theodore Bissonette, Jr.; eleven grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard F. Zamjohn and son, Richard. F. Zamjohn, Jr.

She retired from Bedford County Memorial Hospital as an ER nurse, having started her nursing career at Arlington Hospital in Arlington, VA. as a Cardiac Nurse. She was an excellent nurse and it suited her nature well as she was a caring and giving person. She was well loved in her adopted community of Bedford, VA, and served the community after retirement as a CASA worker, taking in numerous foster children on emergent basis. Not only would she give freely of her time but often took those children who arrived at her door with nothing, shopping, and set them up for return to school. She was an active member of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church and as she advanced in years, so did her faith and love of God grow. She lived out her faith in her actions and all who knew her, were witness to the love of God. She never knew a stranger and made all who entered into her presence feel welcomed and wanted. She was truly an optimist and taught her children to work and play hard. Life was a joy and she lived it to the fullest. She lived out her final year of life at Bedford County Nursing Home. The family would like to thank all who took care of her for their kindness, especially Taylor, Kasey, Doug, Sandy, Lisa from the kitchen and Tara from housekeeping. She felt loved and secure while living there. The family owes you ALL a debt of gratitude that we cannot repay.

The family would like to invite all who would like to come to her funeral at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church on December 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. 

Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.



David Eric Hedberg, 76, of Bedford died Wednesday, November 27, 2019. He was born in Altoona, PA. November  5, 1943 a son of the late Carl Nils Hedberg and Helen Mae Clabaugh Hedberg. David is survived by his wife Anna Mary Still Hedberg; son Kyle Hedberg; daughter Charity Lewis (Jim); stepson Jeff Gaylord; step daughter Beth Ann Markman; granddaughter Brittni Gaylord; brother Pete Hedberg and Numerous friends.    

At David’s request there will be no services.

Burch Messier Funeral Home, 317 West Main Street, Bedford (540-586-7360) is assisting the family.  



James Elton Floyd, 84, of Monroe, husband of Lillian Hughes Floyd for 38 years, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his home.  Dementia and cancer of the bone took its toll. He was born on August 10, 1935 in Amherst County, son of the late William Floyd and Eunice Jennings Floyd. A backhoe operator, he was self-employed and ran J. E. Floyd Construction Co until his retirement when he opened Floyd’s Backhoe Service. James joined the Navy when he was 17 years old and served 7 years. James grew up in the First Baptist Church of Monroe where he served on the finance and buildings and grounds committees and sang in the choir. In addition to his wife Lillian, he is survived by his three children, J. A. Floyd (Kim), Karen F. Banton (Tony), Dawn F. Floyd; four step-children, Steven Harvey (Barb), Howard Harvey (Bronwyen), Brian Harvey (Suzanne) and Pamela H. Howell (Tom); two sisters, Madeline Mawyer and Elsie Jessee; grandchildren include Jason Floyd (Casey), Amanda Floyd, Brian Banton (Tabatha), Brittany Crawley (Daniel) and Damian Floyd (Nicole); step-daughter Hope Collier (Tim); as well as ten great and six step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Cecil and R. Leroy Floyd and his sister, Shirley F. Gowen. He was life member of the Lions Club. The family will receive friends at 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM at First Baptist Church of Monroe followed by a Celebration of Life at 1:30 PM Saturday, November 30, 2019.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made in his memory to the First Baptist Church of Monroe. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360 is assisting the family.



Those beautiful blue eyes closed for the last time while surrounded by her family who held her hands as she transitioned to her Savior’s arms. Jeannette Rice Tomlinson Eubank passed away from this life on November 16, 2019. A fighter until her last breath, she had overcome numerous obstacles and endured tremendous pain but had an incredible will to live. Jeannette was predeceased by parents, Eric and Ethel Rice; and her son, Paul Tomlinson. She is survived by her son Brian Tomlinson (Mary); daughter, Lisa Mann (Jack); beloved grandchildren, Isaac Mann, Sarah Mann (Codie); brother, Ronnie Rice (Barbara); sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Finch (Ralph); father of her children, Wray Tomlinson; and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was blessed with dear friends Cathy, Doris, Mickey, Karen, Fay, Kenny, all of her Pip Printing friends and caregivers, Rhonda and Polly. Her family would like to thank Paladin Transport’s angels, Lynchburg UVA dialysis angels, Kindred nursing and therapy, and Dr.’s Stowers and Ploch. She was a true inspiration to her family and loved them fiercely. A member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church, her visitation will be held there on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and a funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with light refreshments to follow in Camden Hall. The family requests consideration of financial needs to her Go Fund Me page or to Burch-Messier Funeral Home. No more suffering mama. We love you. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.



Raymond Daniel “Buddy” Forgie, 90, left his earthly home to join his loved ones on November 15, 2019. Those that went before him were his wives, Hazel and Annie Mae; son, Daniel; brothers, Bill, Eddie, David; sister, Alice; and step-son, Carey. Buddy was born in Goose Creek Valley, Montvale, VA to William “Ray” and Bonnie Bell Forgie. He joined the Navy on November 1, 1951 and was discharged on October 30, 1958. Buddy was a loving father and step-father. He loved spending his time with his family and friends. He is survived by four sisters, Mary Sue, Nancy, Ruby, and Iva; step-children, Roger Fizer (Reva), David Fizer (Donna), Kathy St. Clair, Theresa Loyd (Chuck); step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Walnut Grove Union Church. Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00, on Tuesday, November 19, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Walnut Grove Union Church, 6867 Pike Rd, Montvale, VA 24122 in memory of Buddy. The family would like to thank the staff on 1 South and 1 West at Friendship Health and Rehab for the loving care shown to our step-dad and mom during their stay at Friendship. We are forever grateful. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.



Connie Lynn Stamper Orange, 71, of Mount Airy, North Carolina died Thursday, November 14, 2019. Connie was born in Ohio on February 10, 1948 a daughter of the late Paul Stamper and Samantha Lewis Stamper. In addition to her parents, Connie was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jerry “Trick” Orange. Connie is survived by her husband of 50 years Roger Thomas Orange; son, Christopher Orange; daughter, Kelly Orange McCormick and husband Danny; granddaughter, Hayden McCormick; brother, Larry Stamper and wife Yvonne; sisters-in-law, Regina Cheek and husband Troy, Denise Lang, Kay Orange; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Cool Spring Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastors Earl Ragland, Geoff Hubbard, and Eric Pennington officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Burch Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.  


Vincent Philip Demshar, 84, of Forest, Virginia passed away peacefully in his home on November 10, 2019. He was the husband of Carol J. (Marolt) Demshar for 64 years. He was born on August 17, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio. Vincent’s first love, besides Carol and their chidren, was raising, training, and showing his Arabian horses. Vincent will be missed by his beloved dog, Penny.  Vincent managed the family business, Demshar Magnavox, in Euclid, Ohio for 30 years prior to retiring from Fed Ex. In 2012, Vincent and Carol began their retirement by relocating to Forest, Virginia. Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Viola Demshar. In addition to his wife, he is surivived by one son, Rex A. Demshar (Edith); two daughters Vicki L. Suhy (Raymond) and Kim M. Nicholson (Ronald); seven grandchildren, Steven R. Demshar, Erika O. King (George), Kevin R. Demshar (Lindsay), Ryan L. Suhy (Julie Toren), Alan R. Suhy, Nicole M. Nicholson, Nash E. Nicholson; four great grandchildren, Brody and Avery King, and Gabriel and Emerie Demshar. Vincent is survived by his younger brother, Ralph Demshar (Judy). The family will receive family and friends on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the home of Rex and Edith Demshar, 274 Runner Stone Drive, Evington, Virginia 24550. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Vincent P. Demshar to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Centra Health Hospice through Centra Foundation at 2097 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360 is assisting the family.




Annie Mae Carter Forgie, 89 of Roanoke, died Thursday, October 31, 2019. She was born in Bedford, VA on September 22, 1930 a daughter of the late Melvin Henry Carter and Elsie Ann Carter. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred Bud Fizer; son, Carey Fizer; and sister, Virginia Everson. She was a retired nursing assistant. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Daniel Forgie; sons, David Fizer and wife Donna, Roger Fizer and wife Reva; daughter, Kathy St. Clair; daughter-in-law, Theresa Fizer Loyd and husband Chuck; brother, Ambrose Carter and wife Grace; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St., Bedford. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Walnut Grove Church in Mom’s name. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.